Linda Ronstadt To Receive National Medal Of Arts

Having just recently been inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year, Linda Ronstadt is about to receive another prestigious award – this time from President Barack Obama.

According to the Los Angeles Times, Ronstadt was named one of the recipients of the National Medal Of Arts, the nation’s highest top honor in the arts, in announcement Tuesday. She’ll receive the award with fellow honorees choreographer/dancer Bill T. Jones, author Maxine Hong Kingston, Broadway composer John Kander and L.A.’s own visual artist James Turrell in a ceremony Monday, July 28th at the White House.

Ronstadt was chosen for “her one-of-a-kind voice … broad range of influences” and a body of work that helped “pave the way for generations of women artists” the L.A. Times notes.

The National Medal of Arts honors ceremony will also coincide with the National Humanities Medal, which will honor recipients including literary critic M.H. Abrams, DreamWorks exec Jeffrey Katzenberg, documentary filmmaker Albert Maysles (best known for the Rolling Stones doc Gimme Shelter) among others.

Last year, Ronstadt revealed she no longer can sing due after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. Despite the loss of her voice, Ronstadt went on to release a new album this year titled Duets, which featured memorable recordings over her 30-year career with artists including Don Henley, Bette Midler, Dolly Parton, and Frank Sinatra.

The National Medal of the Arts ceremony will be streamed live online on the White House website this Monday beginning at noon PST.

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