The Library of Congress will be honoring Joni Mitchell as the 2023 recipient of the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song.
“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. “Joni Mitchell’s music has so many artists and music lovers all singing her tunes. We are honored to present the Gershwin Prize to this musical genius.”
Mitchell, the renowned American-Canadian singer-songwriter known for hits such as “Big Yellow Taxi” and “Woodstock,” is an obvious choice to receive the award, which is recognized as “the nation’s highest award for influence, impact and achievement in popular music.”
“This is a very prestigious award,” Mitchell said. “Thank you for honoring me.”
The Library of Congress will bestow the prize upon Mitchell on Wednesday, March 1 at a tribute concert in Washington, D.C., and PBS will air the award ceremony on Friday, March 31 at 9 p.m. ET.