Singer/songwriter Joni Mitchell has been chosen as the 2022 MusiCares Person of the Year and will be honored at a gala benefit two nights before next year’s Grammy Awards, officials announced Wednesday.

“We are so excited to bring together an amazing lineup of artists to celebrate the musical legacy of Joni Mitchell,” according to a statement from Laura Segura, executive director of MusiCares, a charity that provides music professionals with a range of preventive, emergency and recovery programs. “She is being honored not only for her iconic music and lyrics, but for her trailblazing spirit and the inspiration she’s brought to so many artists.”

The tribute for Mitchell will be held at the Los Angeles Convention Center on Jan. 29, two nights before the 64th Annual Grammy Awards. It will include a reception and silent auction, followed by a dinner and tribute concert, featuring renowned musicians and other artists paying tribute to Mitchell.

“I’m honored to be chosen as Person of the Year by this great charity,” Mitchell, 77, said in a statement released by MusiCares. “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.”

Mitchell, a Canadian who rose to fame in the folk rock movement in the late 1960s and early 1970s, is known for such songs as “Big Yellow Taxi,” “Woodstock,” “Help Me,” “Both Sides Now” and “Raised on Robbery.”

Mitchell’s music moved toward jazz as her career progressed, and she has recorded with jazz greats including Jaco Pastorius, Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Pat Metheny and Charles Mingus.

She is an eight-time Grammy Award winner and 16-time Grammy nominee.

Previous MusiCares Person of the Year honorees have included Bob Dylan, Barbra Streisand, Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney, Neil Young, Neil Diamond, Aretha Franklin, Don Henley, James Taylor, Sting, Bono, Brian Wilson, Billy Joel, Luciano Pavarotti, Paul Simon, Quincy Jones, Phil Collins, Tony Bennett, Stevie Wonder, Elton John, Carole King, Lionel Richie, Fleetwood Mac and Dolly Parton.

MusicCares was founded by the Recording Academy in 1989.

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