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Joni Mitchell made a rare public appearance on Saturday night, attending Clive Davis’ annual Pre-Grammy Gala at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles, where she was escorted by writer and filmmaker Cameron Crowe.
The wheelchair-bound singer was honored with a tribute video and a performance by folk singer Judy Collins.
The 73-year-old icon’s attendance at the star-studded bash is a big deal, given she suffered from a brain aneurysm in March 2015 and was found unconscious in her L.A. home. Her health has been a source of concern ever since, though in late June of that year, Mitchell’s attorney Rebecca J. Thyne said the artist was “expected to make a full recovery.”
Mitchell is a longtime regular of Davis’ party, a preamble to the Grammy Awards, set to be held Sunday night, so her return holds great significance for the 41st annual bash. In an oral history of the event published by Billboard in 2015, award-winning songwriter Diane Warren recalls Mitchell being a fixture on the outside balcony, where she would often be seen smoking.
Among the guests who RSVP’d ‘yes’ to this year’s edition of the Davis function were Britney Spears, Neil Diamond, Chance the Rapper, Maxwell, Jennifer Hudson, Taraji P. Henson, Michael Keaton, Quincy Jones, Metallica, Stevie Wonder, Jeremy Renner and Ryan Seacrest, as well as such industry executives as Universal Music Group chairman Sir Lucian Grainge, Sony Music CEO Doug Morris, Warner Music Group owner Len Blavatnik, Apple CEO Tim Cook and CBS chief Les Moonves.
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