Music icon Joni Mitchell will receive the Library of Congress‘ Gershwin Prize for Popular Song.
Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden said Mitchell will be honored with a tribute concert on March 1 in Washington, D.C. The event will premiere on PBS stations nationwide on March 31 at 9 p.m. ET.
After getting her start performing in coffee shops and nightclubs in her native Canada, Mitchell would go on to set a new standard marrying music and lyrics. With such songs as “Both Sides, Now,” “Chelsea Morning,” “Big Yellow Taxi,” “Woodstock” and “The Circle Game,” Mitchell became a household name.
“Joni Mitchell’s music and artistry have left a distinct impression on American culture and internationally, crossing from folk music with a distinctive voice whose songs will stay with us for the ages,” Hayden said.
While Mitchell’s early music is often categorized as “folk,” her sound draws as much from jazz, classical and rock as she crossed various musical genres. As a lyricist, she delves deeply into both the personal and political.
“This is a very prestigious award,” said Mitchell, who redefined the role of women musicians. “Thank you for honoring me,” she added.
The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song is the United States’ highest award for influence, impact and achievement in popular music.
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