Grammys Postponement Also Delays Joni Mitchell MusiCares 2022 Person of the Year Event

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Joni Mitchell and Graham Nash (Photo © Henry Diltz; used with permission)

The Recording Academy’s 64th Annual Grammy Awards, originally planned for January 31, 2022 has been moved to April 3. The Jan. 5 postponement announcement cited the “uncertainty surrounding the Omicron variant” and the “health and safety of those in our music community, the live audience and the hundreds of people who work tirelessly to produce” the show. The big event has also been moved from Los Angeles to Las Vegas. No new date has been revealed for the organization’s annual MusiCares Person of the Year event, which this year honors Joni Mitchell. On Dec. 16, the Academy announced that Graham Nash and James Taylor will be among the performers for the 2022 MusiCares benefit gala, which had been planned for January 29. Mitchell is the organization’s 31st annual Person of the Year. A letter to attendees indicated that a new date will be announced “soon.”

Proceeds from the event will provide essential support for MusiCares, which describes itself in a press release as “the leading music charity providing music professionals health and human services across a spectrum of needs.” It’s not yet known where the rescheduled tribute will be held. Original plans called for it to take place at the Los Angeles Convention Center, two nights before the 64th Annual Grammy Awards, which were originally scheduled for Arena in Los Angeles.

Joining Nash and Taylor are fellow GRAMMY® Award-winning artists Brandi Carlile, Herbie Hancock, Leon Bridges, and Pentatonix and GRAMMY nominees Black Pumas, Jon Batiste, Maggie Rogers, and Mickey Guyton. Carlile and Batiste will also serve as Artistic Directors for the night, a first for Person of the Year.

The MusiCares Person of the Year tribute ceremony is “one of the most prestigious events held during Grammy Week,” said the original announcement when Mitchell was chosen. “It includes a reception and silent auction, offering an exclusive selection of one-of-a-kind items for bidding guests, followed by a dinner and tribute concert, featuring renowned musicians and other artists paying tribute to Mitchell.”

James Taylor and Joni Mitchell, December 1970 (Photo: Sherry Rayn Barnett; used with permission)

“I’m honored to be chosen as Person of the Year by this great charity,” said Mitchell, “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.”

The press release continues: “As the industry heals from the recent pandemic and live music returns, so does the Person of the Year tribute. Since 1991, money raised from this gala goes toward MusiCares programs and services that assist the music community, including physical and mental health, addiction recovery, preventative clinics, unforeseen personal emergencies, and disaster relief. The safety of our honorees, guests, performers, and staff is our first priority. The event will follow all necessary COVID-19 precautions, safety guidelines and requirements set forth by health officials.”

Mitchell joins a list of recent MusiCares Person of the Year honorees including Tom Petty, Fleetwood Mac, Dolly Parton, and the 2020 honorees, Aerosmith.

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On December 5, 2021, Mitchell received Kennedy Center Honors, with Berry Gordy, Bette Midler, and others. The event was televised by CBS on Dec. 22.

Related: Our Album Rewind of Joni’s Court and Spark album

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