Joni Mitchell Hospitalized: Singer 'Was In Intensive Care'

Legendary singer Joni Mitchell was reportedly rushed to the hospital on Tuesday shortly after an emergency 911 call was placed from her Los Angeles home.

Paramedics arrived at Mitchell's home on Tuesday afternoon around 2:30 p.m., according to TMZ, responding to an emergency call, which referenced an "unconscious female."

However, the report further states that Joni Mitchell remained alert while being transported to the hospital.

"Mitchell was in intensive care late Tuesday. It's unclear what prompted the medical emergency, but it appears to be quite serious."
The 71-year-old singer and songwriter has maintained a longtime career in the music industry for more than five decades, inspiring and influencing numerous female singers and songwriters along the way.

Mitchell made headlines in February with comments about comparisons between herself and Taylor Swift that were made during an interview with New York.

"I've never heard Taylor's music. I've seen her. Physically, she looks similarly small-hipped and high cheekbones. I can see why they cast her. I don't know what her music sounds like, but I do know this — that if she's going to sing and play me, good luck."
During the same interview, Mitchell opened up about her recent diagnosis of a skin disease called Morgellons. Joni stated that the disease was incurable, describing the condition as "fibers in a variety of colors protrude out of my skin like mushrooms after a rainstorm."

The "Big Yellow Taxi" singer also stated that "they cannot be forensically identified as animal, vegetable, or mineral."

Joni Mitchell received her very first Grammy award in 1969 -- 46 years ago -- when her album, Clouds, won the "Best Folk Performance" category.

Since that first Grammy win, Mitchell added eight more Grammys to her expanding collection between 1974 and 2008 -- including a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2002.

Between 1995 and 1997, Joni received three of the highest honors and most prestigious forms of recognition in the music industry -- Billboard's Century Awards (1995), the Polar Music Prize (1996), and an induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997.

The Canadian singer was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame back in 1981 and received her own star on Canada's Walk of Fame in 2000.

Throughout the extensive catalog of the music that she has made over the years, Joni Mitchell has been able to create a lot of memorable hits that many fans and critics consider classics to this day -- including "Big Yellow Taxi," "Help Me," "River," "Both Sides, Now" and "Free Man in Paris."

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