Watch Joni Mitchell cover Elton John's “I'm Still Standing.”


Joni Mitchell performed Elton John's “I'm Still Standing” at the Library of Congress's 2024 Gershwin Prize for Popular Song ceremony, held last month at DAR Revolution Hall in Washington, DC and last night, April 8th. aired on PBS. Her rendition included lyrical turns that suited her own style, with approval from the evening's honorees, John and Bernie Taupin.

Brandi Carlile, who accompanied Mitchell's performance, also introduced the legend and said the song had special meaning for Mitchell. “So much so that Elton and Bernie gave her the go-ahead to change some of the lyrics to suit her, which is honestly the most Joni Mitchell thing I've ever heard of.”

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Annie Lennox also accompanied Mitchell and Carlile at the performance. Video from the event shows John and Taupin enjoying the adorable performance.

The ceremony featured several performances by famous fans of the honored duo, including Metallica performing “Funeral for a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding,” Charlie Puth performing “Something About the Way You Look Tonight,” and Lennox performing “Border.” Song” in addition to joining Mitchell. Carlile also performed “Madman Across the Water.” Maren Morris, Garth Brooks, Billy Porter and Jacob Lusk also performed.

There were also special appearances by Carole King, Emilio and Gloria Estafan, Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder.


“I've been writing songs with Bernie for 56 years and we never imagined this would be ours one day,” John said in an earlier statement about receiving the award. “It is an incredible honor for two Brits to be recognized in this way. I feel so honored. To be in the same house with the great American songwriters, to even be on the same street, is humbling, and I'm absolutely thrilled to embrace it.”

The entire show is available to stream on PBS.