Bonnie Raitt Says She Is ‘At all times Actually Proud to be Acknowledged’ amid 2023 Grammy Nomination

Bonnie Raitt is simply joyful to be included on the Grammys this 12 months.

“It is good to signify the parents!” she joked as she talked to PEOPLE’s Janine Rubenstein and Jeremy Parsons on the purple carpet on the Grammys Sunday night time.

Raitt, 73, is nominated for tune of the 12 months for “Simply Like That,” on which she is credited as each singer and songwriter.

“I am all the time actually proud to be acknowledged,” she advised PEOPLE of the nomination. “To be acknowledged for tune of the 12 months this time is fairly large – so, for one in all my tunes? That is a giant factor for me, so I am very proud.”

Nonetheless, it is a bittersweet night time for the 10-time Grammy Award winner, whilst she’s celebrating 4 extra nominations. Raitt is a part of the in-memoriam tribute that may honor a number of the lives misplaced within the music trade in 2022, together with Fleetwood Mac’s Christine McVie, who died in November after a short sickness.

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“There’s some disappointment about being a part of the in-memoriam tribute to some buddies of ours that we misplaced,” she mentioned of being included within the emotional efficiency, which will even honor Migos’ Takeoff and Loretta Lynn.

For Raitt, who launched her debut album in 1970, just some years after Fleetwood Mac’s debut, McVie’s loss of life was a shock.

“It was a shock and you realize, we did not know she had been ailing, so it is actually — so I am simply not gonna flip round and have a look at her image once I’m singing,” Raitt advised PEOPLE. “She was one of many best – one of the soulful singers. She was simply beloved around the globe.”

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65th GRAMMY Awards - Bonnie Raitt

sixty fifth GRAMMY Awards – Bonnie Raitt

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After spending eight months of the 12 months on tour in 2022, Raitt has, much more, to come back in 2023. She’s hitting the highway the world over, she mentioned, performing in Australia, Eire, the UK and Canada earlier than making her method again to the U.S. within the fall.

Returning to the stage after the pandemic was an emotional expertise for the blues singer.

“After that first present in April, the viewers was crying, we had been crying, we had been simply so exalted,” she mentioned. “It was like probably the most enjoyable New 12 months’s Eve occasion you possibly can ever have night time after night time, for eight months.”

The sixty fifth Grammy Awards air stay at 8 p.m. ET on CBS, throughout which the present will even be out there to stream on Paramount+.

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