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Honoree: Linda Ronstadt

Dedicated to Mexican music heritage

Linda Ronstadt has recorded in a stunningly wide array of genres, but nothing has brought the singer closer to her roots than her devotion to mariachi music.

Born in Tucson, Ariz., to a family of Mexican and German ancestry, the singer has recorded more than 30 studio albums and earned 11 Grammy Awards (out of 27 noms). Her dedication to the Latino side of her heritage goes back to her 1975 Grammy-winning album, “Canciones de mi padre.”

At 62, Ronstadt continues to tour with both her pop and Mexican repertoire, bypassing the larger arenas that once helped her become the highest-paid woman in rock, and opting to play smaller venues. She’s set to play L.A.’s Royce Hall in November, accompanied by the city’s Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano.

In 2007, Ronstadt was the featured performer of the San Jose (Calif.) Intl. Mariachi Festival and has taken a role in planning this year’s event, in September, where she’ll sing in a tribute to women in Mexican music.

Her own achievements will be recognized in the PBS miniseries “Latin Music USA,” set to air in January.

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