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Joni Mitchell to Perform Live on Grammys Telecast Print-ready version

by Chris Willman
January 28, 2024

Chris Willman/Variety

Joni Mitchell will perform on the Grammys telecast for the first time ever on Feb. 4, the Recording Academy and CBS announced Sunday.

Mitchell has won nine Grammys in the past, and picked up a lifetime achievement award from the Academy in 2002. She is nominated this year for what could be her 10th Grammy, for best folk album, for her Brandi Carlile-produced 2023 release "Joni Mitchell at Newport [Live]."

No details about next Sunday's performance were immediately offered. But it comes on the heels of a gradual return to live appearances Mitchell has made in the last two years - three concerts in which she was joined by Brandi Carlile and other friends in "Joni Jam" celebratory ensembles.

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She made two more subsequent public concert appearances last year - an officially advertised "Joni Jam" at the Gorge in Washington state last summer, followed by a Brandi Carlile & Friends show at the Hollywood Bowl in the fall that largely turned out to be another Mitchell-centric ensemble gig.

The Recording Academy celebrated Mitchell as its Person of the Year at a 2022 all-star concert and dinner in Las Vegas in early 2022, in which the singer-songwriter walked the red carpet and eventually joined the ensemble of stars on stage for the finale, although she only sang a few lines at that untelevised tribute, a few months before her official return at Newport.

Mitchell's previous Grammy wins span a period from 1969, when she won best folk performance for "Clouds," to 2022, when she won best historical album for the boxed set "Joni Mitchell Archives - Vol. 1: The Early Years (1963 - 1967)." Her only win in one of the top four general categories came at the 50th annual Grammys, when she was one of multiple winners of album of the year for "River: The Joni Letters," as one of the guest singers on Herbie Hancock's tribute album.

The Grammys will air on CBS live coast-to-coast from L.A.'s Arena on Feb. 4, starting at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.

Previously announced performers for the telecast include U2 (in a remote appearance from Las Vegas' Sphere), Billy Joel, Dua Lipa, Olivia Rodrigo, Luke Combs, Travis Scott and Burna Boy.

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