Linda Ronstadt's Parkinson's Keeps Her From Rock Hall Induction

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Thursday, 03 Apr 2014 12:02 PM

By Clyde Hughes

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Singer Linda Ronstadt, suffering from Parkinson's disease, said she won't be attending next week's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in New York City, but she told Cleveland's Plain Dealer she never thought she would be nominated in the first place.

Ronstadt's Parkinson's disease greatly limits her travel, the Plain Dealer reported.

"I had never thought about it," Ronstadt said about her induction. "I don't consider myself a rock and roll singer. It's just something I sang. I don't define myself that way."

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Ronstadt told The Hollywood Reporter that it is not the first time she has missed an award show but added that she sang for the joy of it and not titles.

"I didn't attend the last two times I was nominated for a Grammy, either," Ronstadt said. "I don't have anything against it; you just don't do things for those reasons. If you're working for prizes, you're in trouble. There's nothing wrong with it. I don't mind it. It's just not anything I ever gave a thought to."

The Plain Dealer reported that Ronstadt's voice has appeared on more than 120 albums, including 30 solo albums. She has earned 11 Grammy Awards, two Academy of Country Music Awards and an American Latino Media Arts Award, a testament to her versatility.

Ronstadt even won a Golden Globe in 1983 for her role as Mabel in the production of "The Pirates of Penzance," according to The Plain Dealer.

The Hollywood Reporter said that Stevie Nicks, Bonnie Raitt, Carrie Underwood, Sheryl Crow and Emmylou Harris will perform a musical tribute to Ronstadt during the Hall of Fame ceremony.

Ronstadt's duet with James Ingram "Somewhere Out There" will be featured in a collection of 15 songs released by Rhino on April 8, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Another Ronstadt duet, the unreleased "Pretty Bird" with Laurie Lewis, will also appear.

"I prefer duets to anything else," Ronstadt told. "I love all kinds of ensemble singing; I prefer singing with somebody else to singing alone, always … but my favorite way to sing with somebody else is a duet because there's so much room to do stuff."

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