She performed “Angel From Montgomery” before accepting the Icon Award.
Bonnie Raitt, who was honored with the Icon Award at the 2022 BillboardWomen 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.
Billboard Women In Music 2022: Photos From the Show
Bonnie Raitt, Olivia Rodrigo and Sheryl Crow at Billboard Women In Music held at YouTube Theater on March 2, 2022 in Inglewood, California. Visit the post for more.
“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.”
Billboard Women In Music 2022: Photos From Inside the Show
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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.”
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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.”
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.
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Congratulations to Blues Hall of Famer Bonnie Raitt who was honored at last night's GRAMMYs with the Lifetime Achievement Award.
“To be validated by my peers… it’s a very big celebration and I’m very grateful.” On being an inspiration and influence to other musicians, like Sheryl Crow who was inspired to play guitar after hearing Raitt play for the first time, she says “it’s hard for me to imagine because I still feel like I’m just starting out. It’s been 50 years, but you know people have been really kind. So many more women are playing lead guitar - Prince’s band, Beyonce’s band, all the late-night bands who have women musicians. It’s fantastic.” ... See MoreSee Less
Bonnie will be a presenter at THE 64TH ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARDS® this Sunday, April 3rd! Catch the broadcast live at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on the CBS Television Network or stream live and on demand on Paramount+. Tune in to Music's Biggest Night®! ... See MoreSee Less
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We celebrate Women of the Blues every day! Season 1 of our Blues Foundation podcast features Blues Hall of Fame trailblazers Ma Rainey (ep. 22), Bessie Smith (ep. 24), Memphis Minnie (ep. 08), Alberta Hunter (ep. 02), and Dinah Washington (ep. 26).
Broken Hearts & Dirty Windows: Songs of John Prine, Vol. 2, the anticipated new John Prine tribute record from Oh Boy Records, is out today. Stream/purchase HERE.
Created as a celebration of Prine’s life and career, the album features new renditions of some of Prine’s most beloved songs performed by Brandi Carlile (“I Remember Everything”), Tyler Childers (“Yes I Guess They Oughta Name A Drink After You”), Iris DeMent (“One Red Rose”), Emmylou Harris (“Hello In There”), Jason Isbell (“Souvenirs”), Valerie June (“Summer’s End”), Margo Price (“Sweet Revenge”), Bonnie Raitt (“Angel From Montgomery”), Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats (“Pretty Good”), Amanda Shires (“Saddle in the Rain”), Sturgill Simpson(“Paradise”) and John Paul White (“Sam Stone”). Proceeds from the album will benefit twelve different non-profit organizations, one selected by each of the featured artists.
Bonnie Raitt - Write Me a Few of Your Lines/Kokomo Blues
60 years anniversary celebration of Arhoolie
December 10, 2020
Arhoolie Foundation celebrates it's 60th anniversary (1960-2020) with an online broadcast.
Bonnie Raitt - Shadow of Doubt
Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival
October 3, 2020
Hardly Strictly Bluegrass celebrates it's 20th anniversary with an online broadcast titled “Let The Music Play On”.
Bonnie Raitt & Boz Scaggs - You Don't Know Like I Know
Farm Aid 2020 On the Road
Sam & Dave classic written by Isaac Hayes and David Porter.
Sheryl Crow & Bonnie Raitt - Everything Is Broken
[Eric Clapton’s Crossroads 2019]
Eric Clapton, one of the world’s pre-eminent blues/rock guitarists, once again summoned an all-star team of six-string heroes for his fifth Crossroads Guitar Festival in 2019. Held at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas, the two-day concert event raised funds for the Crossroads Centre in Antigua, the chemical dependency treatment and education facility that Clapton founded in 1998.
'A Tribute To Mose Allison'
Celebrates The Music Of An Exciting Jazz Master
Raitt contributed to a new album, If You're Going To The City: A Tribute To Mose Allison, which celebrates the late singer and pianist, who famously blended the rough-edged blues of the Mississippi Delta with the 1950s jazz of New York City.
NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro talks to Bonnie Raitt about her friendship with the Mose Allison. They're also joined by Amy Allison — his daughter, who executive produced the album — about selecting an unexpected list of artists to contribute songs to the album.
Recorded on tour June 3, 2017 - Centennial Hall, London - Ontario Canada