Linda Ronstadt Among This Year’s Kennedy Center Honors Recipients

Linda Ronstadthas another career-capping feather in her cap…

The 73-year-old half-Mexican American singer has been named a recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors for her lifetime artistic achievements.

Linda Ronstadt

The Kennedy Center describes Ronstadt as “the defining voice of a generation, spanning genres, languages, and continents.”

Ronstadt has earned 10 Grammys, three American Music Awards, two Academy of Country Musicawards, an Emmy, and an ALMA Award. Many of her albums have been certified gold, platinum or multiplatinum in the U.S. and internationally. 

She has been awarded the Latin Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award by The Latin Recording Academy and the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award by The Recording Academy

Ronstadt was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and was awarded the National Medal of Arts and Humanities.

Ronstadt joins fellow honorees television program Sesame Street, actress Sally Field, R&B band Earth, Wind & Fireand conductor and San Francisco Symphony co-founder Michael Tilson Thomas.

Kennedy Center chairman David M. Rubenstein praised this year’s honorees as “icons who, through their artistry, have left an indelible stamp on our collective cultural consciousness.”

The Kennedy Center Honors Galais set for Sunday, December 8.

The Honors Gala will be recorded for broadcast on CBSas a two-hour primetime special set for Sunday, December 15 at 8:00 pm ET. 

If Ronstadt attends, it will mark an increasingly rare appearance by the singer, who retired in 2011, later disclosing that she has Parkinson’s disease.

The singer is the subject of a new documentary, Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice, set for a September theatrical release by Greenwich Entertainment and 1091, with producer CNN Films acquiring TV rights for North America.

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