Bonnie Raitt Honors John Prine While Accepting Song Of The Year Grammy Award

The veteran musician took home four Grammy Awards at last night’s ceremony.

By Andy Kahn Feb 6, 2023 6:47 am PST

Bonnie Raitt added four more Grammy Awards to her illustrious career achievements last night at the 65th Grammy Awards ceremony held in Los Angeles at Arena. Raitt’s song “Just Like That” won the Song Of The Year Grammy Award and during her acceptance speech, Raitt paid tribute to the late John Prine.

Serving as the title track to Raitt’s 2022 studio album, “Just Like That” also won the Best American Roots Song Grammy. The album won the Grammy Award for Best Americana Album (tying Brandi Carlile’s In These Silent Days) and the album track “Made Up Mind” won the Best Americana Performance Grammy Award.


Other Song Of The Year Grammy Award nominees included Beyoncé, Adele, Lizzo, Taylor Swift, Harry Styles, Kendrick Lamar, DJ Khaled, Steve Lacy and GAYLE. Presented by First Lady Dr. Jill Biden, Raitt appeared stunned when “Just Like That” was named Song Of The Year. During her acceptance speech, Raitt described the inspiration behind the song, one of only a few she’s written over her +50 year career, which touches on organ donation. Raitt, who helped popularize Prine’s song “Angel From Montgomery,” told the audience:

“I was so inspired for this song by the incredible story of the love and the grace and the generosity of someone that donates their beloved’s organs to help another person live. This story was so simple and so beautiful for these times. And people have been responding to the song partly because of how much I love, and we all love, John Prine. That was the inspiration for the music for this song and telling a story from the inside. I don’t write a lot of songs, but I’m so proud that you appreciate this one.”

Raitt also participated in the musical tribute to musicians who passed away over the last year. Raitt, Sheryl Crow and Mick Fleetwood performed “Songbird,” which was written by Fleetwood Mac’s Christine McVie who died last November.

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