Linda Ronstadt Honored with National Medal of Arts

 

 

 

Linda Ronstadt

 

Linda Ronstadt got the answer to that question she’s been asking for decades: “When Will I Be Loved?”

The answer was Monday at the White House, by President Barack Obama, who hung a National Medal of Arts around her neck and revealed, “I had a little crush on her back in the day.”

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The honor was a particularly special moment for Ronstadt, who didn’t make it to her induction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April since Parkinson’s disease limits her ability to travel. A military aide brought her into the East Room by wheelchair, but she walked to the stage to receive her award as a citation was read honoring her “one-of-a-kind voice” that paved the way for generations of women artists.

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Eleven other recipients were awarded the 2013 National Medal of Arts, as the nation’s highest award given to artists and their patrons, including DreamWorks Animation chief Jeffrey Katzenberg and Dominican-American writer Julia Alvarez, author of “In the Time of the Butterflies.” Ten were awarded the National Humanities Medal, which honors those in fields including history, literature, languages and philosophy.

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