Joni Mitchell Sings at Her MusiCares Person of the Year Gala w/ Brandi Carlile, Stephen Stills, Jon Batiste, More

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On Friday night, Joni Mitchell was honored as the 2022 MusiCares Person of the Year, the recipient of the heralded award at a reschedule gala even originally intended to take place in 2021.

Though the legendary singer/songwriter wasn’t announced as a performer for the concert event, she took the stage with an ensemble including Brandi Carlile, Beck, Stephen Stills, Jon Batiste, Cyndi Lauper and more to assist on her classic songs”Big Yellow Taxi” and “The Circle Game.”

This unexpected treat marked the first public performance from Mitchell since 2013.

Mitchell, who originally retired from touring in 2000, suffered a brain aneurysm in 2015 that left her unable to walk or talk for a while. She’s since recovered enough to make occasional appearances, building up to this MusiCares Person of the Year surprise appearance:

More on the gala event, which took place April 1 at the Marquee Ballroom in Las Vegas (per the NME):

At other points during the event, which took place at the Marquee Ballroom in Las Vegas, Mitchell was honoured with a sprawling roster of tributes.

Among them were a cover of ‘The Jungle Line’ (from Mitchell’s 1975 album ‘The Hissing Of Summer Lawns’) performed by Beck, St. Vincent’s rendition of ‘Court And Spark’ (from the 1974 album of the same name) and a take on ‘River’ (from 1971’s ‘Blue’) by John Legend.

Other covers performed included Mickey Guyton’s rendition of ‘For Free’, Herbie Hancock and Terrace Martin’s take on ‘Hejira’, a performance of ‘Help Me’ by Dave Grohl’s 15-year-old daughter Violet, Billy Porter’s spin on ‘Both Sides Now’, and ‘Woodstock’ by Carlile and Stills. Carlile also served as one of the night’s artistic directors, alongside Batiste.

“When I heard that Joni was named Person of the Year, I knew I wanted to be involved in a meaningful way,” Batiste said in his opening speech. “Brandi and I worked with the producers to paint a beautiful picture of poetry and music through Joni’s eyes.”

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