Joni Mitchell Celebrates Her 75th Birthday at Star-Studded Gala
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Canadian icon Joni Mitchell was honoured in Los Angelas on Wednesday with a star-studded gala celebrating her 75th birthday.
Mitchell enjoyed the celebration from the front row alongside guests such as George Takei, Mandy Moore, Rita Wilson and Tom Hanks.
Performers included James Taylor, Emmylou Harris, Norah Jones, Seal, Chaka Khan, and Canadian musicians Diana Krall and Rufus Wainwright. Each performer paid tribute to Mitchell with a cover of one of her many iconic hits.
Wainwright told the CBC that the tribute was particularly moving considering Mitchell’s health scare, which was fresh in everyone’s mind. Mitchell was hospitalized for a brain aneurysm in 2015.
“The epic story we’ve all witnessed of her learning how to walk again and really communicate, I think it will be pretty deep,” Wainwright told the CBC ahead of the tribute.
Mitchell also suffers from a skin condition called Morgellons disease, which causes skin sores.
Despite previous ailments, Mitchell appeared to be in good health and spirits during the celebration, a welcome sign to those in attendance.
“She is still, and always, Joni,” Taylor, a longtime friend and musical collaborator told the CBC. “That energy, it continues. She’s a world treasure. I know she’s a national treasure if you’re Canadian — and you’re absolutely right to be proud of her — but she belongs to the world.”