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2014 new standard Award
Linda Ronstadt is arguably the most versatile vocalist of the modern era. With worldwide album sales totaling of over $50 million, at least thirty-one gold and platinum records and ten Grammy Awards to her credit, representing diverse genres of rock, Latin, and Broadway. She started her career in the late 1960s with her revival of popular hits from rock’s early pioneers and since then has embraced a number of musical genres, including pop, country, Latin, and the Great American Songbook. Ronstadt’s songs regularly crossed over from pop to country which made her one of the first country-rock stars. She was cast in the Broadway production of THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE and also starred in the movie. Her Latin album, Canciones De Mi Padre, became a multi-platinum success and is still the largest-selling Spanish language CD in the US. Ronstadt was honored by the Hispanic-American artistic community with the prestigious ALMA Award and also received the Latin Grammy for Lifetime Achievement from NARAS in 2011. Most recently, Ronstadt released an autobiography, Simple Dreams, A Musical Memoir, that made the New York Times Best-Seller List. Just this year, Ronstadt was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Class of 2014. Ronstadt has forged a four-decade performing career that broadened the latitudes of the traditional pop singer.
In celebration of her induction, Linda Ronstadt was honored with a tribute performance by Jessica Sanchez.