Joni Mitchell will be saluted in song by an all-star lineup that includes James Taylor, Herbie Hancock and Brandi Carlile next month when the iconic singer-songwriter is honored as the 2022 MusiCares Person of the Year.
The ticketed event, a prelude to the Grammy Awards, will be held Jan. 29 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Additional performers at what will be the 30th annual edition of MusiCares include Graham Nash, Mickey Guyton, Jon Batiste, Pentatonix, Leon Bridges, Maggie Rogers and Black Pumas.
Grammy-winning producer Mike Elizondo, whose songwriting credits include hits for Eminem and 50 Cent, will serve as musical director for the Mitchell tribute concert. Although he performed in San Diego on upright bass with jazz guitarist Anthony Wilson in 2016, Elizondo is better known for his work with such rock, country and hip-hop stars as Carrie Underwood, Fiona Apple, Dr. Nas and San Diego’s Switchfoot, whose Grammy-winning 2009 album, “Hello Hurricane,” he produced.
A charitable wing of the Recording Academy, under whose auspices the Grammy Awards are held, MusiCares provides financial, medical and personal assistance to musicians in need. Since its inception in 1989, MusiCares has distributed more than $66 million to more than 172,000 music industry members in need. and since March 2020 alone, it has supplied $24 million in COVID-19 relief to music professionals whose lives and careers have suffered as a result of the pandemic.
Past MusiCares honorees have ranged from Stevie Wonder, Bob Dylan and Carole King to Aerosmith, Dolly Parton and Gloria Estefan. They are saluted not only for (and with) their music – which is performed by a different all-star lineup each year – but for their charitable deeds as well.
On Dec. 8, Mitchell became one of this year’s Kennedy Center honorees in Washington, D.C. She was previously honored in Los Angeles at two sold-out “Joni at 75” concerts at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Two of the performers for those shows – Nash and Taylor – will be part of the Jan. 29 MusiCares event.
“We are crafting a once-in-a-lifetime evening in honor of Joni,” said MusiCares Executive Director Laura Segura, in a statement released Wednesday morning. “I thank each of these artists for lending their talents to celebrate Joni and her impact on the music community.”
Tickets for the MusiCares fundraising concert honoring Mitchell start at $2,500 and are available online at: e.givesmart.com/events/m12/.
The hugely influential Canadian-born troubadour was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1997, although she boycotted the ceremony. She has won eight Grammy Awards to date and been nominated 16 times.
Mitchell suffered a near-fatal brain aneurysm in 2015. One of her first public appearances since then was in September 2019, when she attended the world premiere of San Diego director Cameron Crowe’s Broadway-bound musical adaptation of his 2000 film, “Almost Famous.”