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Joni has taken an early prize as the Grammy Awards grind into gear in Las Vegas. This afternoon she was awarded the Grammy for Best Historical Recording for her Archives, Volume 1 box set - collecting the award in person. "I didn't expect this," said Joni, who won alongside co-producer Patrick Milligan (pictured) and mastering engineer Bernie Grundman.

A good time was had by all lucky attendees! Here is the list of performances (thanks to Sam Stone). More details to follow.

House band: Love Or Money
Herbie Hancock: Hejira
Violet Grohl: Help Me
Angelique Kidjo: If
John Legend: River
Yola: Urge for Going
St. Vincent: Court and Spark
Pentatonix: Why Do Fools Fall in Love > Raised on Robbery
Chloe Bailey: Chelsea Morning
Cyndi Lauper: Magdalene Laundries
Billy Porter: Both Sides Now
Beck: Jungle Line
Allison Russell: Free Man in Paris
Graham Nash: A Case of You (pre-recorded video)
Brandi Carlile: Woodstock (with Stephen Stills)
Jon Batiste: Medley- Down To You piano interlude/Last verse > Bad Dreams > Shine
Sara Barielles, Madison Cunningham, Lucius: California
Black Pumas: Dreamland
Lauren Daigle, Brandi & Lucius: Come In From The Cold
Leon Bridges: Amelia
Mickey Guyton & Allison Russell: For Free
Ensemble: Circle Game with Joni
Ensemble: Big Yellow Taxi with Joni

A diverse roster of artists, musicians and actors will take the stage as presenters at the 64th Annual GRAMMY Awards. The esteemed lineup includes current GRAMMY nominees Megan Thee Stallion, Joni Mitchell and Questlove; GRAMMY winners Lenny Kravitz, Dua Lipa, Ludacris, Billy Porter, Bonnie Raitt, and Keith Urban; past GRAMMY nominees Kelsea Ballerini and Avril Lavigne; actors and musicians Jared Leto and Michaela Jaé Rodriguez; and actor Anthony Mackie. Previously announced GRAMMY performers include J Balvin with Maria Becerra, Jon Batiste, Brothers Osborne, BTS, Brandi Carlile, Billie Eilish, Cynthia Erivo, H.E.R., Lady Gaga, John Legend, Lil Nas X with Jack Harlow, Maverick City Music, Nas, Aymée Nuviola, Leslie Odom, Jr., Ben Platt, Olivia Rodrigo, Silk Sonic, Chris Stapleton, Billy Strings, Carrie Underwood, and Rachel Zegler.

@MusiCares Music on a Mission, presented by @GibsonGuitar, is a virtual concert celebrating the power of music to make a difference. The official #GRAMMY Week event will feature never-before-seen performances, inspiring stories, and tributes to Joni, the #MusiCares 2022 Person of the Year honoree. All proceeds will be distributed to music people in need. Watch here.

Sara Bareilles, Beck, Leon Bridges, Brandi Carlile, Lauren Daigle, Herbie Hancock, Chaka Khan, Angélique Kidjo, Cyndi Lauper, Pentatonix, Billy Porter, Stephen Stills, St. Vincent, Jon Batiste, Black Pumas, Mickey Guyton, and Allison Russell are set to perform at the 31st annual MusiCares® Person of the Year benefit gala honoring Joni on Fri, April 1, 2022. The evening will also feature a remote performance from Graham Nash. Jon Batiste and Brandi Carlile will also serve as Artistic Directors for the night.

As previously announced, this year's tribute will be held at the MGM Grand Conference Center in Las Vegas on April 1, 2022. The evening will include a reception and silent auction, followed by a dinner and tribute concert honoring Joni’s impact on the music industry and the inspiration she has provided to artists over the years.

"We're excited to honor Joni together, in person, as a music community and can't wait to bring this great event to Las Vegas," said Laura Segura, Executive Director of MusiCares. "We will be celebrating with a purpose, toasting one of music's greatest songwriters and musicians, while raising vital funds to address the critical health and social service needs of the music community." -[BusinessWire].

Experience a new SiriusXM channel in honor of Joni Mitchell, the iconic musician and songwriter. Listen to The Joni Mitchell Channel on the SXM App now through April 14, or on satellite (Ch. 104) from March 30 through April 5. The exclusive channel coincides with Mitchell being honored as the 2022 Person Of The Year recipient at The Recording Academy’s MusiCares charity event on April 1, raising funds for vital programs and relief efforts for the music community.

The Joni Mitchell Channel will feature her timeless music, including home recordings, live performances and other rarities from the recent Joni Mitchell Archives series, as well as interpretations of her music by a wide range of artists including Chaka Khan, Elton John, Norah Jones, Annie Lennox, Brandi Carlile, Bob Dylan, The Byrds and more. Listeners will also be able to catch guest hosts sharing stories about Joni’s impact while selecting some of their favorite songs. More information here.

Tim Considine, who co-starred on the television serials The Adventures of Spin and Marty and The Hardy Boys before portraying the oldest brother on the first five seasons of My Three Sons, has died. He was 81. Joni fans know him as the photographer who snapped what has become arguably the most iconic image of her in existence- the cover of her Blue album.

Born December 31, 1940, Considine had immediate roots in show business. His father, John W. Considine, was an Oscar-nominated movie producer. His mother, Carmen, was the daughter of theater magnate Alexander Pantages. And his grandfather, John Considine, was active in vaudeville.

Considine’s survivors include his wife, Willett, whom he married in 1979; his son; his siblings John and Erin; and his grandchildren, Ethan and Tyler.

18 new members and three honorary members- one being Joni- will be inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters during its annual Ceremonial on May 18, 2022.

Membership in the Academy is limited to 300 architects, visual artists, composers, and writers who are elected for life and pay no dues. New members were elected by vote of the existing membership. The honor of election is considered the highest form of recognition of artistic merit in the United States.

In addition to its regular membership, the Academy’s American Honorary membership recognizes up to twenty Americans of extraordinary artistic achievement whose work falls outside of or transcends the fields of architecture, art, literature, and music composition, while Foreign Honorary membership celebrates up to seventy-five distinguished architects, artists, writers, and composers from other countries whose work the Academy’s membership greatly admires. [text taken from the press release]

Coming for Record Store Day on April 23: "Joni Mitchell – Blue Highlights" a 1-LP, 12" black vinyl Limited Edition of 16,000 copies - available exclusively at select independent music retailers .

Side One
Blue Demo Sessions (A&M Studios, Hollywood, CA, summer 1970):
1. A CASE OF YOU [4:01]
2. CALIFORNIA [3:39]
In Concert BBC TV Broadcast (BBC Television Centre, London, England, recorded Sep. 3, 1970, broadcast May 17, 1971):
3. ALL I WANT [4:16]
Blue Sessions (A&M Studios, Hollywood, CA, late 1970):
4. HUNTER [2:57]
5. URGE FOR GOING – with strings [5:05]
6. RIVER – with French horns [4:05]

Side Two
In Concert BBC Radio Broadcast (Paris Theatre, London England, recorded Oct. 29, 1970, broadcast Dec. 27, 1970):
1. MY OLD MAN [3:55]
2. “This is a mountain dulcimer” [3:43]
3. CAREY [3:12]
4. A CASE OF YOU – with James Taylor [4:32]
5. Intro to California – with James Taylor [0:14]
6. CALIFORNIA – with James Taylor [4:26]

I’ve decided to remove all my music from Spotify. Irresponsible people are spreading lies that are costing people their lives. I stand in solidarity with Neil Young and the global scientific and medical communities on this issue. —Joni Mitchell

Read An Open Letter to Spotify: A call from the global scientific and medical communities to implement a misinformation policy.

Peloton has launched a new series of workouts known as the “Artist Series”. These are direct collaborations & partnerships with artists, where the workouts will see the entire soundtrack featuring the tunes of the artist. Next up- Joni! The class with Ross Rayburn will be live on Monday, Jan 24. More information here.

MusiCares is happy to announce that Person of the Year has been rescheduled to Friday, April 1st. The gathering in celebration of Joni Mitchell's artistry and legacy has been moved to Las Vegas. While unexpected, this change will better ensure that that guests, performers, and Joni are safe. Additional event details, including the venue, will be announced later this month.

Now up for auction to benefit @Musicares, an original signed artist's proof print of Jimi Hendrix based on an oil painting by Joni, never before seen outside of her personal collection.

The painting features Hendrix with angel wings setting his guitar on fire at the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967, although Joni says she “prefers to think of him in heaven.”

Visit JuliensLive to register to bid and win. Thanks to Experience Hendrix L.L.C. for their cooperation and support.

The Grammy Awards have been postponed because of the surging Omicron COVID-19 variant.

“After careful consideration and analysis with city and state officials, health and safety experts, the artist community and our many partners, the Recording Academy and CBS have postponed the 64th Annual Grammy Awards show,” the statement said.

Also pushed back this year because of the Omicron variant surge is the Jan. 29 MusiCares Person of the Year all-star concert honoring legendary Joni Mitchell. No new date has been announced yet for MusiCares, which takes place at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

Joni’s Song Comes To Life With Watercolor Painting In New Animated Video.

"Just in time for Christmas, Joni Mitchell has debuted the first official music video for “River,” her wistful contribution to the Christmas songbook, taken from her landmark 1971 album Blue. Director Matvey Rezanov and Skazka Studios use animated watercolor painting to capture the song’s lonesome mood while paying tribute to Mitchell’s prolific creativity as a painter. Watch the video for “River” now."

GRAMMY® Award-winning artists Brandi Carlile, Graham Nash, Herbie Hancock, James Taylor, Leon Bridges, and Pentatonix and GRAMMY Award nominees Black Pumas, Jon Batiste, Maggie Rogers, and Mickey Guyton will join the performance lineup at the 31st annual MusiCares® Person of the Year benefit gala honoring Joni Mitchell on Jan. 29, 2022, two nights before the GRAMMY Awards® telecast. Brandi Carlile and Jon Batiste will also serve as Artistic Directors for the night, a first for Person of the Year.

The tribute will be held at the Los Angeles Convention Center and will include a reception and silent auction, followed by a dinner and tribute concert. Artists will pay tribute to some of Joni Mitchell’s most iconic songs, showcasing her timeless lyrics and unique talent for inspiring generations of musicians and songwriters. More information here. (Photo © Joe Sia)

Today at 3pm (EST) this year's Kennedy Center honorees- Joni, Lorne Michaels, Bette Midler, Berry Gordy, and Justino Diaz- attended an awards ceremony at the White House, hosted by President Biden.

Tonight, they were honored at the Kennedy Center before a packed audience that included Biden, Vice President Harris, several Cabinet secretaries, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Stage presenters included Norah Jones, Scarlett Johansson, Jimmy Fallon, Chita Rivera, Kevin Nealon, Amy Poehler, Seth Meyers, Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder, Colin Jost, Michael Che, Kelli O'Hara, Yo-Yo Ma, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Steve Martin, Kenan Thompson, Beanie Feldstein, Kate Baldwin, Taylor Trensch, Goldie Hawn, Melissa Manchester, Barbara Hershey, Andra Day, Ellie Goulding, and David Letterman. Brandi Carlile performed "River," and Brittany Howard and Herbie Hancock united to perform "Both Sides Now".

The lifetime achievement medals had been presented to the honorees on Saturday night in a black-tie dinner for 210 donors, politicians and the recipients' families and friends at the Library of Congress. The dinner accords the honorees their chance to say a few words of thanks. Referencing her struggles with illness, Joni struck a tone of optimism: "I'm hobbling along but I'm doing all right!" she said, in brief remarks.

Highlights of the tribute performances will air on CBS on December 22 at 9pm Eastern/8pm Central. Mark your calendars! Photo by Scott Suchman (Dec 4 at the Library of Congress)/ Portions of the text by Peter Marks

Joni Mitchell Archives, Vol. 1: The Early Years (1963-1967) was nominated for a Grammy today for Best Historical Album. Other contenders are Beyond The Music: Marian Anderson's Complete RCA Victor Recordings; Etching The Voice: Emile Berliner And The First Commercial Gramophone Discs, 1889-1895; Excavated Shellac: An Alternate History Of The World’s Music; and Prince's Sign O' The Times Deluxe Edition.

This year’s Kennedy Center Honors, the nation’s highest honor for the arts, will pay tribute to Joni and other iconic cultural figures Justino Diaz, Berry Gordy, Lorne Michaels, and Bette Midler. The December 5 ceremony will be filmed and a highlights broadcast shown on CBS- Wednesday, December 22 at 9pm Eastern time.