5 questions for Joni Mitchell biographer David Yaffe after her Grammy triumph

Joni Mitchell

Joni Mitchell performs "Both Sides Now" during the 66th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 4, 2024, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello) Chris Pizzello/Invision/APChris Pizzello/Invision/AP

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Singer/songwriter Joni Mitchell, 80, performed for the first time on the Grammy Awards show Feb. 4, singing her classic ballad “Both Sides Now” to a standing ovation.

In 2015, Mitchell suffered a brain aneurysm, which made it difficult for her to move and speak, let alone perform. Her first public performance since her illness was at the 2023 Newport Folk Festival. A recording of the show, “Joni Mitchell at Newport,” won Best Folk Album at this year’s Grammys. It was Mitchell’s 10th Grammy award.

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