Mitchell’s 75th birth­day

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CMA song cat­e­gories hard to pre­dict

The midterm elec­tions are over, but the con­test for the year’s best coun­try songs is just around the cor­ner at the Coun­try Mu­sic As­so­ci­a­tion Awards.

The two cat­e­gories, song and sin­gle of the year, look sim­i­lar with three songs nom­i­nated in both, but the writ­ers be­hind the hits say these awards are hard to pre­dict.

Nom­i­nees in­clude Bebe Rexha and Flor­ida Ge­or­gia Line’s “Meant to Be”; coun­try songs that went pop like Dan + Shay’s “Tequila” and Sam Hunt’s “Body Like a Back Road”; a mes­sage song for the #MeToo era and of course, drink­ing songs.

The CMA Awards will air live Wed­nes­day.

Joni Mitchell didn’t speak or sing a word at an all-star con­cert in honor of her 75th birth­day.

The Cana­dian folki­eturned-Cal­i­for­nia singer­song­writer ended a 3 1/2year ab­sence from pub­lic life that be­gan when she had an aneurysm in 2015.

Artists in­clud­ing James Tay­lor, Chaka Khan, Kris Kristof­fer­son and Em­my­lou Har­ris ser­e­naded Mitchell with her own songs at the con­cert.

CHRIS PIZZELLO Invision

Flor­ida Ge­or­gia Line and Bebe Rexha per­form at the 53rd an­nual Academy of Coun­try Mu­sic Awards in Las Ve­gas.

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