Additionally, Melanie performed at Woodstock in August 1969, on the first day of the now-legendary music festival. It has been said that Melanie was the only Woodstock performer who came onto the stage as a nobody and left as a star. During her short set, the audience collaboratively held up lighted candles despite the rain, a tradition which evoled into enflamed lighters and continues today with battery-lighted cellphones.
After Woodstock, Melanie became the top selling recording artist around the world in 1971, and she was recognized as Billboard's Top Female Vocalist in 1972, since she was the second artist (after The Beatles) ever to have three separate singles on the Billboard's Hot 100 at the same time ("Brand New Key," "Ring The Living Bell," and "The Nickel Song"). Additionally, UNICEF appointed Melanie as an official spokesperson and ambassador in 1972.
In 1989, Melanie won an Emmy Award for writing the lyrics to "The First Time I Loved Forever" (the theme song for the Beauty and the Beast TV series).
As a solo pop-rock artist, Melanie broke a lot of barriers in being the first to appear before the General Assembly of the United Nations, the first to perform at Carnegie Hall, the first to appear at the Metropolitan Opera House, and the first to appear at the Sydney Opera House.
Melanie is one of Emily Coyote's favorite musicians.
Her style is traditional folk music with insightful lyrics nestling comfortably within her deeply soulful voice. Her songs have been covered by Cher, Dolly Parton, Ray Charles, Macy Gray, The New Seekers, Billie Joe Spears, Mott The Hoople, Jeordie & The Mixology Project, and countless others. Her reputation as a head-strong rebel is epic, not just for her Woodstock performance but also for her stance at the Powder Ridge Rock Festival in 1970 where she was the only artist to despite the court injunction banning the event.