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Linda Ronstadt Won't Attend Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Event Due To Parkinson's

Linda Ronstadt Won't Attend Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Event Due To Parkinson's

04/03/2014

Linda Ronstadt has confirmed that she will not be in attendance at the 2014 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony next week due to her battle with Parkinson’s disease.

Linda Ronstadt Missing Hall Of Fame Induction

Ronstadt is joined in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Class of 2014 by Hall & Oates, KISS, Nirvana and Peter Gabriel. Though it’s a large honor in the music world, Ronstadt isn’t particularly impressed by it.

"I haven't given it one thought, I have to say. It wasn't anything I ever thought about. I never thought of myself as a rock 'n' roll singer; I sang it, [but] it's just one of the things I sang,” Ronstadt told Billboard.com. “I sang a lot of different stuff. I didn't go the last two times I was nominated for a Grammy, either. 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."

On April 10, despite the fact that Ronstadt won’t be in attendance, she’ll be inducted into the Hall of Fame by Eagles member Glenn Frey at the New York City event. Stevie Nicks, Bonnie Raitt, Carrie Underwood, Sheryl Crow and Emmylou Harris are all scheduled to perform.

Ronstadt, 67, announced that she’d been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in August of last year. Due to the disease, the “You’re No Good,” singer lost her vocal abilities over the course of eight years in which her symptoms were routinely misdiagnosed. “I wouldn’t have suspected that in a million, billion years,” the legendary singer told AARP magazine at the time. "No one can sing with Parkinson’s disease. No matter how hard you try."

– Chelsea Regan

Read more: Linda Ronstadt, Music, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

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