Joni Mitchell is a Grammy winner, Kennedy Heart Honors recipient and now? A physician.
On Tuesday, the beloved singer-songwriter’s renaissance picked up much more velocity when Berklee School of Music awarded Mitchell an honorary doctorate.
Berklee President Erica Muhl lauded the 78-year-old musician for “blazing the trail for women in music with an unwavering commitment” and dubbed her “one of the world’s greatest musical artists.”
“Well, luckily I’m too old to get a swelled head,” Mitchell joked in her acceptance speech.
Mitchell — who wore a black beret embroidered with “Dr. Joni Mitchell” — was feted at a non-public celebration in Santa Monica.
Attendees included fellow music greats Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter and a tribute efficiency by Terri Lyne Carrington.
Only one factor was lacking. Mitchell mentioned she wished that her dad and mom have been nonetheless alive and will have been there to see it.
“My mother in particular would be really proud of this because she wanted me to go to college,” she mentioned. “I went to art school and I quit after a year.
“She thinks of me as a quitter. So to see this achievement would be really impressive to her. I wish I could share it with her.”
Mitchell is the newest legend to simply accept an honorary doctorate from Berklee. Current recipients have included Ringo Starr, Celine Dion, John legend and the Neptunes’ Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo.
The Berklee honor caps an already momentous summer time for Mitchell. On the Newport People Pageant in July, she gave her first public efficiency since her mind aneurysm in 2015. She took the stage alongside Brandi Carlile, Wynonna Judd, Marcus Mumford and others to carry out a set of hits together with “Carey,” “The Circle Game” and “Help Me.”
The uncommon look sparked a variety of feelings from each festival-goers and fellow musicians. Judd mentioned she was “ugly-crying” by the efficiency.
“Joni was the soundtrack of my childhood — she’s my hero — and Brandi invited me to come and be a witness to her incredible journey,” she informed The Instances.