Joni Mitchell to be Honored with Gershwin Prize

Canadian-American Songwriter Joni Mitchell to be the first Canadian recipient of prestigious Gershwin prize.

Singer-Songwriter Joni Mitchell has been named the first Canadian recipient of the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song by the US Library of Congress. The prize is given to those who have made exceptional contributions to popular music.

A statement released by the Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden says “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. Joni Mitchell’s music has so many artists and music lovers all singing her tunes.”

The 79-year old Mitchell will be awarded at a tribute concert on March 1 in Washington, D.C. “This is a very prestigious award, thank you for honoring,” Mitchell said in response to the award.

Joni Mitchell is has received many accolades including ten Grammy Awards, and induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997. She was described as “one of the greatest songwriters ever by Rolling Stone.

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