Joni Mitchell picked up a big honor last Friday. She was named MusiCares Person of the Year at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas during Grammy Week.
The legendary singer-songwriter wowed the crowd after watching artists perform 20-of her songs by walking on stage to accept her award. She then joined an ensemble of performers to sing "The Circle Game" and "Big Yellow Taxi."
Mitchell suffered a brain aneurysm back in 2015 that initially left her unable to speak or walk. Joni has come a long way in recovery. In her speech, she called the tribute "an incredible evening for me to hear my music performed so well by everyone that was on stage." then joked, "I can retire now and just let other people do it."
Performers included Dave Grohl's daughter Violet Grohl, who was a surprise addition to the lineup, along with Joni’s close friend Herbie Hancock, who was one of the first to offer reports on her condition after her aneurysm.
The fundraiser for MusiCares, which helps musicians in need, was created and hosted by Brandi Carlile and Jon Batiste. It also included video messages from musicians and other celebrities, including Meryl Streep, Elton John, Clive Davis, James Taylor, Lionel Richie, Neil Young, Bonnie Raitt among others.
[Source: Classic Hits Today]