Bonnie Raitt was seen for the first time after unexpectedly winning Song of the Year over a a star-studded field of nominees at the 2023 Grammy Awards on Sunday.
While stepping out in Burbank, California on Monday morning, the 73-year-old blues singer looked happy and relaxed while showing off her lovely smile as she met up with friends.
Before preparing to catch a flight out of the Los Angeles, the I Can’t Make You Love Me hitmaker stopped to chat with some pals while rocking a black cowboy hat.
She was dressed in a blue zip-up jacket, black sweatpants, matching sneakers and a pair of oversized shades.
For her outing, Raitt wore her wavy auburn tresses in a low ponytail and opted not to wear any jewelry.
The California native prevailed at the Grammys after beating out Adele, Taylor Swift, Lizzo, Harry Styles, Beyonce, Steve Lacy, DJ Khaled, GAYLE and Kendrick Lamar.
Raitt was presented Song of the Year by First Lady Dr. Jill Biden.
Her victory marked the first time a song penned by a solo songwriter had been victorious since the classic Rehab from the late Amy Winehouse won in 2008.
During her acceptance speech, she paid tribute to the late singer-songwriter John Prine, who died of coronavirus in April of 2020.
Raitt described her victory in the loaded category as an ‘unreal moment’ in honor of the track, which she said was inspired by organ donors, and the late singer-songwriter Prine.
Raitt also cited songwriters in her speech, describing them as the ‘soul-digging, hard-working people who put these ideas to music.’
Raitt, during the Grammy Premiere ceremony earlier in the evening, also won the Best Americana Performance for Made Up Mind and Best American Roots Song for Just Like That.
The triumphant evening brought Raitt’s total number of Grammys won to 13 over 30 all-time nominations.
Her most recent win at the show prior to Sunday came in 2013, when she collected the award for Best Americana Album for Slipstream.
Raitt said she was especially ‘proud’ to have been nominated for Song of the Year.
‘I’m always really proud to be acknowledged,’ she told People on the red carpet at the Crypto.com Arena. ‘To be acknowledged for song of the year this time is pretty big – so, for one of my tunes? That’s a big thing for me, so I’m very proud.’
Raitt – the daughter of Broadway performer John Raitt and pianist Marge Goddard – was 21 when she was signed by Warner Bros. Records, put out her self-titled debut album in 1971.
Her first Grammy nomination came at the 22nd annual Grammy Awards in 1979 for her Best Rock Vocal Performance, Female for her song You’re Gonna Get What’s Coming (Track).
Raitt had breakout success with her 1989 album Nick Of Time, which included singles including the title track, Thing Called Love, Have a Heart.
Raitt won her first four Grammy Awards with the success of the quintuple platinum album, in the categories Album Of The Year; Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female; and Best Rock Vocal Performance, Female.
She also took home the trophy for Best Traditional Blues Recording that year for the John Lee Hooker collaboration I’m In The Mood.
Her follow-up album, Luck of the Draw, in 1991 went seven-times platinum.
It spawned her highest-charting singles, Something to Talk About and I Can’t Make You Love Me.
Raitt won three more Grammys for her efforts on the record, including Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female for Something To Talk About; Best Rock Vocal Performance, Solo for Luck Of The Draw; and Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal for Good Man, Good Woman.
Her 1994 album Longing in Their Hearts featured the single Love Sneakin’ Up On You and garnered the Best Pop Album Grammy.
She has also collaborated with artists such as Prine, Warren Zevon, Jackson Browne, The Pointer Sisters and Little Feat, among others.
Raitt, who has released 21 albums in her career, said in a statement on her website that she prioritizes making music with a message.
‘I’m really aware of how lucky I am and I feel like my responsibility is to get out there and say something fresh and new – for me and for the fans,’ she said. ‘It’s really daunting not to repeat yourself, but I have to have something to say, or I wouldn’t put out a record.’