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Joni Mitchell

Roberta Joan "Joni" Mitchell is a Canadian singer-songwriter born on November 7, 1943. Mitchell began by singing in small nightclubs in western Canada before busking in the streets and shoddy nightclubs of Toronto. In 1965, she moved to the United States and began touring. She signed with Reprise Records and recorded her debut album in 1968. Settling in Southern California, Mitchell, with popular songs like "Big Yellow Taxi" and "Woodstock", helped define an era and a generation. Her 1971 recording Blue was rated the 30th best album ever made in Rolling Stone's list of the "500 Greatest Albums of All Time", the highest entry by a female artist. Drawing from folk, pop, rock and jazz, Mitchell's songs often reflect social and environmental ideals as well as her feelings about romance and disillusionment.

Mitchell was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 1981 and has received nine Grammy Awards during her career, the first in 1969 and the most recent in 2016. She received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2002 and in 1997 was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Rolling Stone called her "one of the greatest songwriters ever"

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