Mitchell, Green Get Grammys

Recording Academy announces recipients of 2002 Lifetime Achievement Awards

December 12, 2001 12:00 AM ET

Joni Mitchell, Al Green, Perry Como, Rosemary Clooney and Count Basie will all be honored with Lifetime Achievement Awards in conjunction with the 2002 Grammy Awards, to be held February 27th in Los Angeles.

Mitchell emerged from the New York folk scene in 1967, and went on to score mainstream success with hits like "Help Me" and "Big Yellow Taxi," and the classic album Blue.

Green, one of soul music's greatest vocal talents, earned nine Grammy Awards over the course of his career thanks to hits like "Tired of Being Alone," "Let's Stay Together" and "I'm Still in Love With You."

Clooney and Como both helped to define the smooth vocal style of the 1950s, Clooney with a jazz-based style and standards like "Come On-a My House," and Como in the pop arena, where his "Catch a Fallin' Star" earned him Best Male Vocalist honors at the first Grammy Awards ceremony in 1959.

The New Jersey-born Basie, who passed away in 1984, was among the biggest bandleaders of the swing era.

Handed out each year by the trustees of the Recording Academy, the Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes artists for lifelong contributions to the recording medium.

Also announced were recipients of the Trustees Award, which honors non-performing contributions to the industry, and will be given in 2002 to pioneering producer Tom Dowd and legendary DJ Alan Freed, who is credited with popularizing the term "rock & roll."

To read the new issue of Rolling Stone online, plus the entire RS archive: Click Here

Music Main Next
Around the Web
Powered By ZergNet
Daily Newsletter

Get the latest RS news in your inbox.

Sign up to receive the Rolling Stone newsletter and special offers from RS and its
marketing partners.


We may use your e-mail address to send you the newsletter and offers that may interest you, on behalf of Rolling Stone and its partners. For more information please read our Privacy Policy.

Song Stories

“Bird on a Wire”

Leonard Cohen | 1969

While living on the Greek island of Hydra, Cohen was battling a lingering depression when his girlfriend handed him a guitar and suggested he play something. After spotting a bird on a telephone wire, Cohen wrote this prayer-like song of guilt. First recorded by Judy Collins, it would be performed numerous times by artists incuding Johnny Cash, Joe Cocker and Rita Coolidge. "I'm always knocked out when I hear my songs covered or used in some situation," Cohen told Rolling Stone. "I've never gotten over the fact that people out there like my music."

More Song Stories entries »