JONI MITCHELL TO RECEIVE THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS GERSHWIN PRIZE FOR POPULAR SONG
Today, the Library of Congress announced Joni Mitchell will receive their Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. The award was established in recognition of the legendary songwriting team of George and Ira Gershwin and is the nation’s highest award for influence, impact and achievement in popular music.
In a press release, Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden said, “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. 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 will receive the Gershwin Prize at an all-star concert in Washington, D.C., on March 1, which will also premiere on PBS stations nationwide. The concert entitled, “Joni Mitchell: The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song,” will air at 9 pm ET on Friday, March 31st, available via broadcast and on PBS.org and the PBS App.