The Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry Inducts ‘Nick of Time’ in 2022

on April 13, 2022 No comments

Bonnie’s album, Nick of Time, (released in 1989) has been inducted as one of 25 audio recordings for this year’s National Recording Registry! The Library of Congress will be preserving Nick of Time as a recording that helped shape our nation’s history and culture, bringing the registry to 600 works. Bonnie is honored that her album has been recognized as enduring and influential in the annals of American recorded music history. Read the full list of inductees here.

Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden today named 25 recordings as audio treasures worthy of preservation for all time based on their cultural, historical or aesthetic importance in the nation’s recorded sound heritage.

“The National Recording Registry reflects the diverse music and voices that have shaped our nation’s history and culture through recorded sound,” Hayden said. “The national library is proud to help preserve these recordings, and we welcome the public’s input. We received about 1,000 public nominations this year for recordings to add to the registry.”

The recordings selected for the National Recording Registry bring the number of titles on the registry to 600, representing a small portion of the national library’s vast recorded sound collection of nearly 4 million items.

Bonnie Raitt 1989 © Aaron Rapoport /Capitol Records Archives

“Nick of Time” — Bonnie Raitt (1989) (album)

Bonnie Raitt released her first album in 1971 and had long been considered a great and respected talent. But, though often critically acclaimed, significant commercial success had often eluded her. In 1989, seven years after being dropped from her previous record label and after suffering a debilitating skiing accident, Raitt rallied herself and returned to the studio. With the assistance of renowned producer Don Was, she not only fashioned the most important album of her career but an album many consider among the best of the decade. “Nick of Time,” Raitt’s 10th LP, would earn three Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year, top the “Billboard” chart, sell 5 million copies and earn a lasting place in the book “1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.”  With the aid of Was, Raitt dove deep emotionally and cared little about genre labels or categories. About the record, it was said “[she] never rocks too hard, but there is grit to her singing and playing, even when the surfaces are clean and inviting.” About the album, Raitt herself said, “Basically, it’s a return to my roots.”

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Bonnie Raitt Addresses Ukraine Crisis at 2022 Billboard Women in Music Event: ‘My Heart Is Heavy’

on March 2, 2022 No comments
by Anna Chan

She performed “Angel From Montgomery” before accepting the Icon Award.

Bonnie Raitt, who was honored with the Icon Award at the 2022 Billboard Women in Music event held Wednesday (March 2), took two opportunities to bring up the crisis in Ukraine during the show.

After delivering a quiet acoustic performance of the John Prine-penned “Angel From Montgomery” alongside Jackson Browne on guitar and vocals with James “Hutch” Hutchinson on bass, the 10-time Grammy winner made a special dedication. “That’s for the women of Ukraine,” she said.

Later on in the event, during her acceptance speech for the Icon Award, the singer-songwriter and activist began by expressing her delight at being part of the event. “I’m so proud to be part of this celebration of bada– women around the world,” she declared. She went on to give shoutouts to various women who have inspired her, including Joan Baez, Aretha Franklin, Joni Mitchell, Gloria Steinem, Jane Fonda and many others.

“Let us keep fighting keep to bring more equity and opportunity to women in all aspects of our industry and society at large,” she noted. “And lastly I want to thank my mom and dad for inspiring my love of music and standing up for what’s right.”

That led to Raitt’s closing comments, in which she addressed Russia’s all-out, unprovoked assault on Ukraine.

“My heart is heavy for the people of Ukraine, and I know the Russian people are not in agreement — so many of them — with what’s being done,” she said. “I pray for all the people who are working hard for peace, including the man who started the war. May he have a transformation.”

She concluded: “I can’t think of a better tribute to thank you than heading back out on the road soon doing what I love, with a new album, and finally over this pandemic. Stay safe everybody. … Here’s to the people of Ukraine. Here’s to all of you for celebrating women in music.”

Bonnie Raitt arrives at the YouTube Theater at Hollywood Park, LA - Billboard Women In Music Icon Award 2022
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During her Icon Award speech, Bonnie praised her mentors and inspirations, which included Aretha Franklin, Joni Mitchell, Gloria Steinem, Joan Baez and Jane Fonda.
Thinking of the world: Bonnie Raitt, who was honored with the Icon Award, dedicated her performance of Angel From Montgomery to 'the women of Ukraine'.

The event’s honorees included Woman of the Year Olivia Rodrigo; H.E.R., who received the Impact Award; Saweetie, who was honored with the Game Changer Award, and others. The show, which was hosted by 2008 Woman of the Year Ciara, streamed live on Twitter.

Bonnie Raitt photographed on March 2, 2022 at YouTube Theater at Hollywood Park in Inglewood,Calif. © Sami Drasin /Billboard

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Bonnie Raitt to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award From Recording Academy

on December 9, 2021 No comments
by Paul Grein

She will join the rest of the 2021 Special Merit Award recipients, which were announced nearly a year ago.

The below article was updated on Tuesday, Jan. 18, to reflect the new show date and location.

The 72-year-old Raitt just finished her 21st album Just Like That…, 10 tracks, featuring four songs penned by the artist. Raitt is also set to hit the road for her 2022 in April with Lucinda Williams and Mavis Staples.

Raitt continues to draw on the range of influences that have shaped her legendary career, while creating something that speaks to the circumstances and challenges of these unprecedented times. ‘Just Like That…,’ a ten song album with four penned by Raitt, is set for release in April, preceded by a new single in January.

“I’m really aware of how lucky we were to be able to safely come together and record this album last summer,” said Raitt. “After this particularly tough time, we can’t wait to get back on the road to do what we love and have some great new songs to play.

Bonnie Raitt will join the Recording Academy’s 2021 class of special merit award recipients, first announced in December 2020, when the awards are belatedly presented in a ceremony at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre in Los Angeles on Jan. 30, 2022, the night before the 64th annual Grammy Awards which have been rescheduled and will now be broadcast live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 3 (8:00-11:30 PM, live ET/5:00-8:30 PM, live PT) on the CBS Television Network and will be available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+Trevor Noah, the Emmy Award-winning host of “The Daily Show,” will return as master of ceremonies for Music’s Biggest Night.

*Paramount+ Premium subscribers will have access to stream live via the live feed of their local CBS affiliate on the service as well as on demand. Essential-tier subscribers will have access to on-demand the day after the special airs.

Prior to the 64th GRAMMY Awards telecast, the annual GRAMMY Awards Premiere Ceremony will stream live on and the Recording Academy’s YouTube channel(opens in a new tab). The Premiere Ceremony is also where we’ll award more than 70 GRAMMYs across music genres ranging from classical and jazz to R&B, global music and more. Additional details about the dates and locations of other official GRAMMY Week events, including the GRAMMY Awards Premiere Ceremony, MusiCares’ Person of the Year(opens in a new tab), and the Pre-GRAMMY Gala, will be announced soon.

The special merit awards include lifetime achievement awards (for performers), trustees awards (for non-performers), the technical Grammy award and the music educator award.

Raitt was approached about a lifetime achievement award last year, but declined because of COVID-19 concerns. The rest of the class, which was announced on Dec. 22, 2020, consists of lifetime achievement award recipients Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five, Lionel Hampton, Marilyn Horne, Salt-N-Pepa, Selena and Talking Heads; trustees award recipients Ed Cherney, Benny Golson and Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds; and technical Grammy award recipient Daniel Weiss.

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Because of the pandemic, the 2021 special merit award honorees were unable to attend the 63rd annual Grammy Awards. They were briefly acknowledged during the telecast.

“We are so excited to celebrate the 2021 honorees at the 64th Grammys to ensure they get the celebration they deserve,” said Harvey Mason jr., CEO of the Recording Academy. “With the strict COVID protocols in place for the 63rd show, we were not able to properly and fairly honor our special merit award honorees as we have done in past years. Before we induct a new class, we must come together to recognize this group of iconic creators who have paved the way not only in music, but also within our culture.”

The Recording Academy also announced that the special merit awards presentations will return to the Wilshire Ebell, where it was held for many years through 2015. From 2016-20, the presentations were made at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood, the site of the Oscars, for a show that was taped for PBS’ Great Performances franchise.

The Wilshire Ebell event was long considered one of the highlights of Grammy Week. The TV taping that replaced it lacked the warm, intimate vibe, but allowed music fans around the country to see it.

The Wilshire Ebell event also includes the 64th annual Grammy nominees reception. All nominees are invited, though not all attend — or the fire marshal would have a very busy night. At the event, nominees can pick up medallions to mark their nomination, so they have something tangible to show for their nomination – win or lose the following night.

David Byrne of Talking Heads is also a Grammy nominee this year for best music film for David Byrne’s American Utopia, which he produced with Spike Lee. So he can pick up a lifetime achievement award and a nominees medallion on the same night — a neat trick.

Raitt is a 10-time Grammy winner, including album of the year for Nick of Time at the 32nd annual Grammy Awards in February 1990. Raitt’s surprise album of the year victory, her performance that night of “Thing Called Love” and the grace she showed in her multiple acceptance speeches made her a star overnight — after nearly 20 years in the business. Nick of Time logged three weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 that April.

Raitt, the daughter of Broadway great John Raitt, was MusiCares’ Person of the Year in 1992. Bonnie Raitt is the 10th person to receive all three of these top honors from the Recording Academy – album of the year, a lifetime achievement award and being named the MusiCares person of the year. She follows Tony Bennett, Quincy Jones, Stevie Wonder, Paul Simon, Barbra Streisand, Paul McCartney, Carole King, Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell. (Some fine print: Jones received the trustees award, which is the equivalent of a lifetime achievement award for non-performers. Simon won a lifetime achievement award as half of Simon & Garfunkel. McCartney won album of the year as part of The Beatles. Mitchell won album of the year as a featured artist on Herbie Hancock’s tribute, River: The Joni Letters.)

The lifetime achievement award celebrates performers who have made outstanding contributions of artistic significance to the field of recording, while the trustees award honors such contributions in areas other than performance. The technical Grammy award is presented to individuals and companies who have made contributions of outstanding technical significance to the recording industry.

Technical Grammy award recipients are voted on by the Producers & Engineers Wing’s advisory council and chapter committees, and are ratified by the board of trustees. The trustees also ratify the lifetime achievement award and trustees award recipients.

The recipient of the 2021 music educator award, presented by the Recording Academy and the Grammy Museum, will also be honored at this event. The recipient has not yet been named.

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