Joni Mitchell Is MusiCares Person of the Year for 2022

The Canadian icon will receive the honour at the charity's annual gala in January

BY Megan LaPierrePublished Aug 25, 2021

Joni Mitchell has officially been named the 2022 MusiCares Person of the Year by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences' philanthropic partner. She'll be the first honouree since Aerosmith in 2019, as the event was put on hold at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, replaced by the Music on a Mission virtual fundraiser last March.

The canonical CanCon-ical singer-songwriter will receive the honour at the charity's annual gala, which is scheduled to take place on January 29, 2022 — two nights prior to the Recording Academy's 64th annual Grammy Awards. She's the second Canadian artist to be awarded the title after Neil Young in 2010.

Mitchell said in a statement: "I'm honoured to be chosen as person of the year by this great charity. I look forward to being part of this gala that will help MusiCares continue their inspired work in providing a support system for those in need."

MusiCares Person of the Year celebrates a musician who's not only made exceptional artistic achievements in the music industry, but shown immense dedication to their philanthropic efforts. The nonprofit was founded in 1989 and has since distributed more than $48 million to artists in need.

It's shaping up to really be Mitchell's year: in July, it was announced that she will receive Kennedy Center Honors alongside TV producer Lorne Michaels. They're the first two Canadians to receive the annual cultural award. Aside from all of her legendary artistic and philanthropic status, Mitchell is also a pinball wizard and owns a KISS-branded machine.

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