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Brandi Carlile Will Join Joni Mitchell at the 2024 Grammys

Joni Mitchell will have a lot of company when she takes the stage on Sunday, Feb. 4, for her first-ever Grammy Awards performance. Her friend and collaborator Brandi Carlile will be performing alongside her, as will Jacob Collier, Allison Russell, Sista Strings, Lucius, and Blake Mills, according to executive producer Raj Kapoor. As for what they’ll be performing? “It will be a song that I think everybody knows,” Kapoor tells our Rolling Stone Music Now podcast, “and if you are a Joni Mitchell fan, it’s the song that you want to hear.”

In the new episode of Rolling Stone Music Now, Kapoor breaks down what to expect from the performances at the 66th annual Grammy Awards. Here’s some of what we learned, including some hints about Taylor Swift and Beyoncé; to hear the full discussion, go here for the podcast provider of your choice, listen on Apple Podcasts or Spotify, or just press play above.

Kapoor says there have been “conversations” about a possible Tina Turner tribute from Beyoncé during the In Memoriam segment — which will be a big focus of the show, with more than 16 minutes of performances. “We’ve definitely had conversations, and we know how much Tina and Beyoncé loved each other,” Kapoor says, while declining to directly confirm or deny rumors that Beyoncé will appear. “The Tina Turner tribute will be amazing. We are really excited. It may be a little unexpected, but it’s going to be absolutely amazing.” (A representative for Beyoncé did not immediately respond to a request for comment.)

Taylor Swift is attending the show and hasn’t been announced as a performer — but Kapoor won’t rule out a last-minute change on that front. “We’ve had a lot of last-minute things come in on the show,” he says. “Sometimes they’ve happened days before, and yeah, we’re always open to the idea.” (A representative for Taylor Swift did not immediately respond to a request for comment.)

Billie Eilish will perform her Barbie soundtrack smash, “What Was I Made For?” “It’s going to be simple, beautiful, and elegant,” says Kapoor.

Billy Joel will likely perform his new song, “Turn the Lights Back On,” along with at least one classic hit. “The song is amazing,” says Kapoor. “The problem with Billy Joel is that he has so many hits.”


SZA’s set may include a surprise guest. “There’s honestly surprises throughout the entire night,” Kapoor says. “They will pop up at the most unexpected times.”

Download and subscribe to Rolling Stone‘s weekly podcast, Rolling Stone Music Now, hosted by Brian Hiatt, on Apple Podcasts or Spotify (or wherever you get your podcasts). Check out six years’ worth of episodes in the archive, including in-depth, career-spanning interviews with Bruce Springsteen, Mariah Carey, Halsey, Neil Young, Snoop Dogg, Brandi Carlile, Phoebe Bridgers, Rick Ross, Alicia Keys, the National, Ice Cube, Taylor Hawkins, Willow, Keith Richards, Robert Plant, Dua Lipa, Questlove, Killer Mike, Julian Casablancas, Sheryl Crow, Johnny Marr, Scott Weiland, Liam Gallagher, Alice Cooper, Fleetwood Mac, Elvis Costello, John Legend, Donald Fagen, Charlie Puth, Phil Collins, Justin Townes Earle, Stephen Malkmus, Sebastian Bach, Tom Petty, Eddie Van Halen, Kelly Clarkson, Pete Townshend, Bob Seger, the Zombies, and Gary Clark Jr. And look for dozens of episodes featuring genre-spanning discussions, debates, and explainers with Rolling Stone’s critics and reporters.

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