From rock to country to opera, there's hardly a genre that 11-time Grammy winner and multi-award nominee Linda Ronstadt hasn't tackled with tremendous success. When Ronstadt performs live in concert, fans get a dynamic singer with a powerful voice that could shatter glass. Tickets to her tours sold out repeatedly as she broke all kinds of gender barriers, proving that a woman could hold her own in male-dominated rock and roll. Tucson-native Ronstadt met guitarist Bob Kimmel in college. With him and another guitarist, Kenny Edwards, she formed The Stone Ponies, a folk-rock trio with an ultra-hip California sound.
After experimenting with a variety of styles, she settled on a soft, country rock sound that became her signature style for many years. With the release of 1974's "Heart Like a Wheel" – which shot to No. 1 – Ronstadt was off and running, enjoying a slew of hits, such as "You're No Good," "It Doesn't Matter Anymore" and "When Will I Be Loved." These songs made Linda Ronstadt's name synonymous with her sweet vocal style. However, with her career as an interpretive singer, taking covers and transforming them into unique works with a flavor that belonged to her and her alone, Ronstadt ensured her place in the pantheon of great live singers. Her efforts did not go unrewarded. 1977's "Simple Dreams" went to No. 1 as well, winning three Grammys. In 1978, Ronstadt grabbed four of Billboard's top awards across four separate genres. After dazzling listeners in theater, opera and other genres, Ronstadt eventually settled into adult contemporary, a genre that suits her versatile voice perfectly. She continued to receive the industry's highest accolades for her vocal work across the field, her many collaborative efforts and her influential place in music history as a truly groundbreaking female artist.