Joni Mitchell Receives Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song
- Written by Belinda Elliott
- Category: Community
- Published: 29 March 2023
Friday, March 31, 9:00 p.m.
Singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell, an icon among music makers, will be the next recipient of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. Mitchell will be honored with a tribute concert March 1 in Washington, D.C., that will premiere on WHRO TV 15 on March 31 at 9 p.m.
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.
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. Her music often encompasses bespoke tunings and song structures that defy categorization. As a lyricist, she delves deeply into both the personal and political, unafraid to explore the raw reality of living underneath societal norms and time-worn traditions.
Mitchell redefined the role of women musicians. She oversaw all aspects of her albums, including songwriting, arrangements, performance, production and artwork.
James Taylor “CALIFORNIA”
Annie Lennox “BOTH SIDES NOW”
Brandi Carlile, Angélique Kidjo, Cyndi Lauper, Annie Lennox, Ledisi, Lucius “BIG YELLOW TAXI”
Marcus Mumford “CAREY”
Brandi Carlile & Lucius “SHINE”
Cyndi Lauper “BLUE”
Graham Nash “A CASE OF YOU”
Angélique Kidjo “HELP ME”
Diana Krall “FOR THE ROSES”
Herbie Hancock & Ledisi “RIVER”
….and Joni Mitchell “SUMMERTIME”