Joni Mitchell Made Rare Appearance At Pre-Grammy Party
Joni Mitchell made a rare public appearance at Clive Davis's annual pre-Grammys party on Saturday. The 73-year-old Mitchell suffered a brain aneurysm and stroke in 2015.
“She’s one of the most important female recording artists of all time and one of the most influential songwriters of all time,” Clive Davis said of Mitchell at the party, notes Entertainment Weekly. “She really is the quintessential true artist with a creative mind….she communicates not only through her music but through her expressive artwork and photography. She’s a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. She’s been presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Academy in 2002. Because she’s truly one of a kind, she holds a special place in the heart of everyone in this room. To have her in this ballroom tonight, this has been her favorite night for the last several years, is just so very special to me.”
According to USA Today, Mitchell's long-time friend and fellow singer Judy Collins performed a tribute to Mitchell, and spoke about their friendship.
"Joni Mitchell and I met many years ago," Collins began. "This was a time when we were all struggling. We were out on the street, we were fighting. We were against what was happening in our country and we showed it, we sang about it, we thought about it, we talked about it. We made a huge, enormous difference and Joni's music is part of the ship that carried us. It lit up our lives and reminded us that the beauty in the world is here."
Among the party's performances, Pitchfork notes that Mitchell was "moved" by Chance The Rapper's set.
Mitchell is a nine-time Grammy winner. Her album "River: The Joni Letters" won album of the year in 2007.