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Grammys 2024: Joni Mitchell, 80, happily accepts the award for Best Folk Album for At Newport Live ahead of her debut performance at the ceremony Print-ready version

by Jacqueline Lindenberg
Daily Mail
February 4, 2024

The Canadian-born singer accepted the honor shortly before taking to the stage to perform at the star-studded ceremony for the first time in her legendary career. Getty Images

Joni Mitchell was the recipient of the award for Best Folk Album for Joni Mitchell At Newport [Live] at the 2024 Grammy Awards pre-telecast show on Sunday in Los Angeles.

The Canadian-born singer, 80, accepted the honor shortly before taking to the stage to perform at the star-studded ceremony for the first time in her legendary career.

The live album - which earned the songwriter her 11th Grammy over the weekend - was notably recorded when she made a surprise appearance at the 2022 Newport Folk Festival.

Later in the day, Mitchell joined other music artists at the event - which was held at the Crypto.com Area with comedian Trevor Noah taking on hosting duties.

Joni was seen flashing an excited smile as she gave a speech on the stage while accepting the Grammy award.

She donned a black blouse that contained gold-patterned embellishments that were embroidered throughout the satin material.

The star - who suffered a brain aneurysm in 2015 - additionally wore a pair of matching, black velvet trousers as well as a sweater to complete the look for the special event.

Her blonde locks were styled into two braids, while a black hat was placed on top of her head for a finishing touch.

Brandi Carlile was seen standing close to the legendary artist while wearing an eye-catching, yellow suit as well as a light pink, satin blouse.

The songstress appeared on Mitchell's At Newport [Live] album, as well as Wynonna Judd and Marcus Mumford. Carlile also helped produce the album alongside the folk singer.

Joni is known for hit tracks such as Big Yellow Taxi as well as Woodstock, and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame back in 1997.

Nearly 10 years ago, Mitchell suffered a brain aneurysm and was forced to re-learn to talk, walk and play the guitar. Following the medical emergency, she was transported to a hospital in Los Angeles.

At the time, a statement from her team revealed that she 'was found unconscious in her home' and 'regained consciousness on the ambulance ride to an L.A. area hospital.'

Soon after, she was reported to be recovering while undergoing tests and 'awake and in good spirits.'

Many initially assumed that Mitchell would never perform again, but intense physical therapy and practice eventually allowed to her to regain much of her previous skills.

She wowed audiences when she showed she was again a capable performer when she made an acclaimed appearance at the 2022 Newport Jazz Festival.

Her most recent on-stage performance was in October 2023 at the Brandi Carlile and Friends show at the Hollywood Bowl.

Mitchell has also previously said she suffers from a condition called Morgellons disease, in which 'fibers in a variety of colors protrude out of my skin like mushrooms after a rainstorm: they cannot be forensically identified as animal, vegetable or mineral,' the singer told the Los Angeles Times in 2010.

However, the condition doesn't have a known organic basis and is believed to instead to be a delusional psychiatric condition.

In 2022, she was also honored with The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize.

The Gershwin Prize for Popular Song celebrates the work of an artist whose career reflects the influence, impact and achievement in promoting song as a vehicle of musical expression and cultural understanding.

Mitchell was born in Fort McLeod, Alberta, Canada and started honing her craft in clubs across Canada before establishing herself in America.

Her 1971 album Blue is widely considered to be one of the greatest of all time, landing at the #3 spot in Rolling Stone's 2020 list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

Aside from Sunday's win, she has also been the recipient of an additional 10 Grammy Awards including the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2002 and Best Historical Album for Joni Mitchell Archives - Vol. 1: The Early Years (1963 - 1967) in 2022.

The 66th Annual Grammy Awards will air live on CBS as well as Paramount+ beginning at 8p.m. Eastern time.

U2, Luke Combs, Billie Eilish, Billy Joel, Dua Lipa, Olivia Rodrigo and Travis Scott are among the other stars set to perform during music's biggest night.

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