Anaheim, CA (December 10, 2019)—Folk artist Joni Mitchell will receive the Les Paul Innovation Award at the 35th Annual NAMM Technical Excellence & Creativity Awards (NAMM TEC Awards), being held Saturday, January 18, 2020 in Anaheim, CA.
The award is given on behalf of the Les Paul Foundation to honor “individuals that have set the highest standards of excellence in creative application of artistry in the spirit of the famed audio pioneer, inventor and musician, Les Paul.”
“We are excited that Joni Mitchell will be the recipient of the prestigious Les Paul Innovation Award,” said Michael Braunstein, executive director of The Les Paul Foundation. “Like Les, she has been a trailblazer and a true renaissance woman – a songwriter, musician, producer and influencer who made her mark with very influential songs in the 60s. She has pushed the boundaries of what it means to be a female singer-songwriter over the course of her four-decade career, and like Les Paul, she’s never been scared to take creative risks. We are thrilled that Joni Mitchell will join the list of extraordinary recipients that represent the spirit of the legendary Les Paul.”
“Thank you for this honor,” said Mitchell. “I’m grateful for being appreciated.”
Originally from Canada, Mitchell became a folk singer and played the coffeehouse circuit in the U.S. for years until she was discovered at a gig in Florida by David Crosby in 1967, who invited her to Los Angeles, where she soon signed with Reprise Records. Her first record, Song to a Seagull, was released in 1968.
Mitchell went on to serve as producer for most of her subsequent albums, such as Blue (1971); her most commercially successful LP, Court and Spark (1974), created with the jazz-fusion group The LA Express; The Hissing of Summer Lawns (1975); Hejira (1976); a collaboration with jazz great Charles Mingus appropriately titled Mingus (1979); Dog Eat Dog (1985), co-produced with Thomas Dolby; and Turbulent Indigo (1994), among others.
Three Junos, nine Grammys (plus the Recording Academy’s Lifetime Achievement Award), the Governor General’s Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement, the Canadian Music Hall of Fame and Songwriter’s Hall of Fame, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and a Polar Music Prize are but a few of Joni’s awards and accolades.
With this award, Mitchell will join the likes of Peter Frampton, Jackson Browne, Joe Perry (Aerosmith), Don Was, Slash, Todd Rundgren, Pete Townshend, Steve Vai and others, as a Les Paul Innovation Award honoree.
The NAMM TEC Awards are bestowed annually to honor individuals, companies and technical innovations used in sound recordings, films, broadcast television and video games. Nominees were announced earlier this year.
Purchase tickets on site or in advance here for $65 (General Admission) or $195 (VIP). The show begins with a VIP-only reception at 6PM, followed by the awards ceremony at 7PM, held in the Hilton Anaheim Hotel’s Pacific Ballroom. Portlandia co-creator, Saturday Night Live alumnus and drummer, Fred Armisen will host the event.
NAMM TEC Awards • www.tecawards.org