After the last decade, Linda Ronstadt no longer has to wonder when she will be loved. The iconic American artist, known for her versatility in navigating musical genres — in both English and Spanish — has received a new recognition: two of her albums will enter the Grammy Hall of Fame.
As reported by AZCentral, the Recording Academy has announced the addition of 29 titles to its Grammy Hall Of Fame, including a diverse range of singles and albums, from Bruce Springsteen’s “Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J.” and Patti Smith’s “Horses” to the Beastie Boys’ “Licensed to Ill.”
Ronstadt, the Tucson native who earned a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Grammy in 2016, is honored twice in the Class of 2021 — for “Trio,” a 1986 collaboration with Dolly Parton and Emmylou Harris, and the following year’s “Canciones de Mi Padre,” her first album of traditional Mexican mariachi music.
She was previously honored by the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2018, when it enshrined 1974’s “Heart Like A Wheel,” a double-platinum album that became her first chart-topping effort, spinning off the massive pop hits “You’re No Good” and “When Will I Be Loved.”
Ronstadt is now an American musical heritage, having received 10 Grammy Awards, three American Music Awards, two Country Music Academy Awards, an Emmy, and an ALMA.
However, her impact on the music industry, through 24 studio albums and 15 hit compilations, represents the Latinx identity in the U.S., weaving together lyrics in English and Spanish and exploring genres that include light opera.
Similarly, Ronstadt has collaborated with artists ranging from Bette Midler to Frank Zappa, Philip Glass, and Neil Young.
Having sold over 100 million records, this artist of Hispanic descent is one of the best-selling artists of all time.
Despite retiring in the early 2000s, the artist continues to reap success and recognition.
Last October, when she received the Legend Award and a seven-minute tribute at the 33rd Annual Hispanic Heritage Awards, the singer remembered her Mexican-born grandfather and the making of “Canciones de Mi Padre.”
“I wanted to record Mexican music from the time I left (Tucson) when I was 18,” she recalled. “I had a hit record, and I asked the record company if I could record in Spanish. They said, ‘No.'”
“And finally,” she said, “I had enough hit records that I could just tell the record company, ‘Guess what? This is what you’re getting.”
As AZCentral continues, and to the label’s credit, Ronstadt says, “they stepped up and tried to figure out how to sell it. They didn’t have any idea how to market a Mexican record.
It became the biggest-selling non-English language album in U.S. history, a double-platinum success that won Best Mexican/Mexican-American Album at the Grammys.
With information from AZCentral.