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Linda Ronstadt Nominated for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

October 18, 2013

Staff Reports -- HispanicBusiness.com

Linda Ronstadt was nominated for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2014. Photo by Amy Sussman/Invision/AP.
Linda Ronstadt was nominated for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2014. Photo by Amy Sussman/Invision/AP.

Latina rocker Linda Ronstadt was the only Hispanic entertainer to be nominated for inclusion into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2014.

Ronstadt has some major competition -- including Nirvana, KISS, N.W.A. and Hall and Oates. Total, there are 16 nominees to vote for.

In August the singer announced she had been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in December 2012, which has left her unable to sing. No matter, the singer has more than 25 albums under her belt, and has left her mark on the music industry.

Her first Spanish album, "Canciones de Mi Padre," was released in 1987. The album was made up of traditional Mexican folk songs that she grew up listening to with her family.

She won her first Grammy in 1975 for Best Country Vocal Performance, Female for "I Can't Help It (If I'm Still In Love With You)" from the Heart Like a Wheel album. She also won a Grammy in 1988 for Best Mexican-American Performance, "Canciones de Mi Padre," and in 1999 for Best Country Collaboration with Vocals, "After the Gold Rush" from Trio II with Dolly Parton and Emmylou Harris.

"Why am I singing?" she repeated. It took a moment. "It relieves the load in some way," she said in an 1974 CRAWDADDY Magazine interview. "When you can communicate it to someone it then becomes a joyous experience, joy in the meaning of release."

Watch a video of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees below:



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