The Library of Congress bestowed Joni Mitchell with the 2023 Gershwin Prize for Popular Song.
According to the Library of Congress, the award “celebrates the work of an artist whose career reflects the influence, impact and achievement in promoting song as a vehicle of musical expression and cultural understanding.”
“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,” Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden said in a press release.
Mitchell, the renowned 79-year-old American-Canadian singer-songwriter known for hits such as “Big Yellow Taxi” and “Woodstock,” was an obvious choice to receive the award, which is recognized as “the nation’s highest award for influence, impact and achievement in popular music.”
A tribute concert in her honor preceded the award ceremony, including performances from other renowned musicians such as Cyndi Lauper, Marcus Mumford, Annie Lennox, and more.
“It’s overwhelming. It’s just a beautiful event for me,” Mitchell said while receiving the award. “So many people I care about are here tonight, and from different parts of my life — new friends, old friends,” adding, “It’s just really kind of thrilling.”
PBS and its affiliate stations will air “Joni Mitchell: The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song”on Friday, March 31 at 9 p.m. ET.