Bonnie Raitt to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award at 64th Grammy Awards

by Maggie Schneider

Country and blues singer Bonnie Raitt will receive a lifetime achievement award at this year’s Grammy Awards.

Bonnie Raitt is an American music legend. Known for her roots-influenced songwriting, the 10-time Grammy winner is being honored with another special award. The Recording Academy is giving her a Lifetime Achievement Award for her contributions to music.

Raitt is among an impressive list of 2021 lifetime award recipients. Salt-N-Pepa, Selena, and Talking Heads are just three of her fellow honorees. This special awards ceremony will take place at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre in Los Angeles. Separate from the televised Grammy Awards, the event takes place on January 30, 2022. Harvey Mason Jr., CEO of the Recording Academy, is excited about the event.

“We are so excited to celebrate the 2021 honorees at the 64th Grammys to ensure they get the celebration they deserve,” Mason says.

Bonnie Raitt’s Grammy Awards

The Recording Academy loves Bonnie Raitt. She won her first 4 Grammy Awards in 1990. Three of these awards were for her hit record “Nick of Time,” which was ranked in Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. It also reached the Number 1 spot on the US Billboard 200 chart.

After the success of “Nick of Time,” Raitt went on to win Record of the Year for “Something to Talk About.” In the very same year (1992), MusiCares gave her the Person of the Year award for her dedication to both music and philanthropy. She was the first woman to receive this honor. As the founding member of Musicians United for Safe Energy in 1979, she was a part of the anti-nuclear movement of the 1970s. She is also a supporter of Little Kids Rock, which gives free music lessons to children in public schools.

Last year, Bonnie Raitt paid homage to a fellow songwriting legend at the 2020 Grammy Awards. Folk artist John Prine was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Recording Academy last year. To honor his legacy, Raitt performed his song “Angel From Montgomery.” Sadly, Prine tragically died just a few months after the ceremony, on April 7, 2020. Now, music listeners think of Raitt’s performance as an emotional tribute.

With many more awards and Grammy moments to speak of, Bonnie Raitt remains an important figure in music. With a spring tour announced and new music released, she is excited to get back on the road.

“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,” she says. We can’t wait to see what 2022 has in store for her.