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Now up for auction to benefit @Musicares, an original signed artist's proof print of Jimi Hendrix based on an oil painting by Joni, never before seen outside of her personal collection.

The painting features Hendrix with angel wings setting his guitar on fire at the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967, although Joni says she “prefers to think of him in heaven.”

Visit JuliensLive to register to bid and win. Thanks to Experience Hendrix L.L.C. for their cooperation and support.

The Grammy Awards have been postponed because of the surging Omicron COVID-19 variant.

“After careful consideration and analysis with city and state officials, health and safety experts, the artist community and our many partners, the Recording Academy and CBS have postponed the 64th Annual Grammy Awards show,” the statement said.

Also pushed back this year because of the Omicron variant surge is the Jan. 29 MusiCares Person of the Year all-star concert honoring legendary Joni Mitchell. No new date has been announced yet for MusiCares, which takes place at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

Joni’s Song Comes To Life With Watercolor Painting In New Animated Video.

"Just in time for Christmas, Joni Mitchell has debuted the first official music video for “River,” her wistful contribution to the Christmas songbook, taken from her landmark 1971 album Blue. Director Matvey Rezanov and Skazka Studios use animated watercolor painting to capture the song’s lonesome mood while paying tribute to Mitchell’s prolific creativity as a painter. Watch the video for “River” now."

GRAMMY® Award-winning artists Brandi Carlile, Graham Nash, Herbie Hancock, James Taylor, Leon Bridges, and Pentatonix and GRAMMY Award nominees Black Pumas, Jon Batiste, Maggie Rogers, and Mickey Guyton will join the performance lineup at the 31st annual MusiCares® Person of the Year benefit gala honoring Joni Mitchell on Jan. 29, 2022, two nights before the GRAMMY Awards® telecast. Brandi Carlile and Jon Batiste will also serve as Artistic Directors for the night, a first for Person of the Year.

The tribute will be held at the Los Angeles Convention Center and will include a reception and silent auction, followed by a dinner and tribute concert. Artists will pay tribute to some of Joni Mitchell’s most iconic songs, showcasing her timeless lyrics and unique talent for inspiring generations of musicians and songwriters. More information here. (Photo © Joe Sia)

Today at 3pm (EST) this year's Kennedy Center honorees- Joni, Lorne Michaels, Bette Midler, Berry Gordy, and Justino Diaz- attended an awards ceremony at the White House, hosted by President Biden.

Tonight, they were honored at the Kennedy Center before a packed audience that included Biden, Vice President Harris, several Cabinet secretaries, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Stage presenters included Norah Jones, Scarlett Johansson, Jimmy Fallon, Chita Rivera, Kevin Nealon, Amy Poehler, Seth Meyers, Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder, Colin Jost, Michael Che, Kelli O'Hara, Yo-Yo Ma, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Steve Martin, Kenan Thompson, Beanie Feldstein, Kate Baldwin, Taylor Trensch, Goldie Hawn, Melissa Manchester, Barbara Hershey, Andra Day, Ellie Goulding, and David Letterman. Brandi Carlile performed "River," and Brittany Howard and Herbie Hancock united to perform "Both Sides Now".

The lifetime achievement medals had been presented to the honorees on Saturday night in a black-tie dinner for 210 donors, politicians and the recipients' families and friends at the Library of Congress. The dinner accords the honorees their chance to say a few words of thanks. Referencing her struggles with illness, Joni struck a tone of optimism: "I'm hobbling along but I'm doing all right!" she said, in brief remarks.

Highlights of the tribute performances will air on CBS on December 22 at 9pm Eastern/8pm Central. Mark your calendars! Photo by Scott Suchman (Dec 4 at the Library of Congress)/ Portions of the text by Peter Marks

Joni Mitchell Archives, Vol. 1: The Early Years (1963-1967) was nominated for a Grammy today for Best Historical Album. Other contenders are Beyond The Music: Marian Anderson's Complete RCA Victor Recordings; Etching The Voice: Emile Berliner And The First Commercial Gramophone Discs, 1889-1895; Excavated Shellac: An Alternate History Of The World’s Music; and Prince's Sign O' The Times Deluxe Edition.

This year’s Kennedy Center Honors, the nation’s highest honor for the arts, will pay tribute to Joni and other iconic cultural figures Justino Diaz, Berry Gordy, Lorne Michaels, and Bette Midler. The December 5 ceremony will be filmed and a highlights broadcast shown on CBS- Wednesday, December 22 at 9pm Eastern time.

Today's the day we finally get to hear the second volume in Joni's ongoing Archive series. Focusing on the period from late 1967 through early 1971, it's 5 CDs (and, in February, 10 LPs) worth of previously unreleased material. Click the Store link to get your copy!

In August of 1970, Joni traveled to the Four Corners region of the American Southwest to visit James on the set of Two-Lane Blacktop, his first and only starring acting role. While filming on location in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Taylor wrote “You Can Close Your Eyes” for Mitchell and performed the song live in October 1970 when they were in Vancouver to play at Amchitka, a benefit concert supporting Greenpeace’s protest against nuclear weapons tests at Amchitka, Alaska.

Taylor played the song again a few days later at the Paris Theatre in London on October 29, 1970, where he and Mitchell sang it together. Their performance was recorded (and later broadcast on December 27) for “In Concert,” a weekly show on BBC Radio hosted by famed British DJ John Peel.

Today it's being released digitally. Read the full press release here.