Veteran singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell was the honoree at convocation of ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers) members in Los Angeles on Monday night.
Mitchell was given a “Founder’s Award” for her work, and among those adding their praise for the event were Stevie Wonder, who contributed a version of Mitchell’s hippie anthem, “Woodstock,” and Janet Jackson (or at least it seemed to be her under the hat).
“My brother Randy was the first to introduce me to Joni’s music,” said Janet, “and since then I, like millions of others, have been a really, really big fan. Joni’s unwillingness to compromise and her willingness to experiment has really shaped a creative legacy…” [RealVideo]
Jackson, who sampled Mitchell’s “Big Yellow Taxi” for her track “Got ‘Til It’s Gone,” was also honored by ASCAP for having one of the most-performed songs of 1998 with “Together Again.”