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Joni Mitchell Added To Grammys, Taylor Swift, SZA Next?

Previously announced performers include U2, Dua Lipa, Billie Eilish and Olivia Rodrigo
Joni Mitchell
Joni Mitchell (photo: Samuel Corum / AFP via Getty Images)

Joni Mitchell’s remarkable comeback continues with the announcement today (Jan. 28) that she will perform for the first time ever at next week’s Grammy Awards, while promos aired during CBS’ broadcast of the NFL’s AFC Championship game seem to indicate that both Taylor Swift and SZA will be next.

SZA leads all nominees with nine, while Swift is up for six. They’re both competing for the album of the year trophy for SOS and Midnights, respectively. While Mitchell’s participation was confirmed by the Recording Academy, no official word has been given regarding Swift and SZA.

The 80-year old Mitchell’s surprise 2022 Newport Folk Festival set is nominated for best folk album. She joins a performance lineup also featuring Olivia Rodrigo, Dua Lipa, U2, Travis Scott, Billie Eilish, Burna Boy, Luke Combs and Billy Joel. It will be her first performance ever at the Grammys.

The folk-rock legend suffered a brain aneurysm in 2015 and her Newport appearance was just her second time on stage in front of a large audience since 2013. Since then, she’s performed live again on several occasions with Brandi Carlile.

Mitchell previously received the Recording Academy’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2002. The 66th Grammys will be held Feb. 4 at Los Angeles’ Arena.