How will the Grammys categorize Joni Mitchell’s At Newport, a reside recording of the singer/songwriter’s heartening return to the stage on the 2022 Newport People Competition? The album is about for launch by Rhino Data on Friday (July 28).
Mitchell is Grammy royalty, with 9 aggressive awards, plus a lifetime achievement award in 2002. She was additionally the MusiCares particular person of the 12 months in 2022.
The efficiency capped a outstanding restoration from a life-threatening aneurysm Mitchell suffered in 2015. Mitchell was backed on the reside occasion by different main Grammy winners reminiscent of Brandi Carlile, Marcus Mumford and Wynonna Judd, in addition to Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig from Lucius.
The large query is whether or not the Grammys will classify the album as folks, pop or conventional pop. Mitchell has received in all three fields over time.
Mitchell landed her first Grammy nomination (and win) in a folks class — finest folks efficiency for her sophomore album, Clouds (1969) — however she hasn’t been nominated in a folks class since. Turbulent Indigo (1995) received for finest pop album. Each Sides Now (2000) received for finest conventional pop vocal album. This new album is prone to be slotted in a type of two classes. (If it does nicely, it might even have a shot at an album of the 12 months nomination.)
When it comes to genre-specific efficiency classes, Mitchell has normally been slotted as pop. Mitchell was nominated for finest pop vocal, efficiency, feminine 4 instances – for Court docket and Spark (1974), The Hissing of Summer time Lawns (1976), Chalk Mark in a Rain Storm (1988) and the title observe from Each Sides Now. She received pop instrumental efficiency for “One Week Last Summer,” a observe from her 2007 album Shine.
The normal pop class was usually reserved for collections of songs from the Nice American Songbook, from its inception in 1991 till pretty just lately. However it has taken a broader view lately. The present guidelines state: “This category is for performances of a type and style of song that cannot properly be intermingled with present forms of pop music. This includes older forms of traditional pop such as the Great American Songbook, as well as cabaret/musical theater-style songs and previous forms of contemporary pop. This would also include contemporary pop songs performed in traditional pop style – the term ‘traditional’ being a reference, equally, to the style of the composition, vocal styling and the instrumental arrangement, without regard to the age of the material.”
Last placements are decided by a big screening committee that listens to the document and is charged with making the willpower based mostly on the sound of the music, not the artist’s picture or the place the album landed on varied charts or (on this case) the truth that it was recorded at a pageant related to a selected style.
Mitchell will flip 80 on Nov. 7, three days earlier than the 66th annual Grammy Award nominations are introduced on Nov. 10. The awards will likely be offered at Crypto.com Enviornment on Feb. 4, 2024.
This was Mitchell’s third time performing on the Newport People Competition, following appearances in 1967 (the place she met Leonard Cohen) and 1969 (the place she met one other lifelong buddy and collaborator, James Taylor).
The album options reside performances of such classics as “Big Yellow Taxi,” “Carey,” “Help Me,” “A Case of You” and “Both Sides Now.” Mitchell closed her set with “The Circle Game,” which she carried out on the Newport People Competition in 1967.
Mitchell wrote all the songs on the album besides “Summertime,” the Porgy & Bess basic that was written by George & Ira Gershwin and DeBose Heyward.
Music journalist-turned-filmmaker Cameron Crowe wrote the album’s liner notes, which may convey him his second nod for finest album notes. He was nominated in 1986 for writing the notes for Bob Dylan’s Biograph.