"I think that all of us girl singers that started out after Linda became very famous, in a way, wanted to be her and wanted to sound like her, and then we had to say 'we can't,' so we have to find our own inner Linda," noted Hall of Fame Inductee Stevie Nicks backstage at the 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in NYC. Ronstadt's indisputable gift and mastery of disparate musical styles -- she is the only artist to win a Grammy Award in the categories of pop, country, Mexican American and Tropical Latin -- reflects her approach to singing: she was always looking for the best song, regardless of category. Those songs resonate as powerfully today as they did then, a fact underscored by the once-in-a-lifetime medley of her songs performed by Nicks, Sheryl Crow, Glenn Frey, Emmylou Harris and Carrie Underwood. "I mean she really is the kind of person that I feel like we all strive for our careers to be like," said Underwood.
These clips with Stevie Nicks, Carrie Underwood and Glenn Frey backstage at the Ceremony reveal the impact Linda Ronstadt's music had on some of the most-celebrated artists of the past 40 years.
This blog post is part of a series produced by Huffington Post and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum celebrating the 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and the new Inductee exhibit opening at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, Ohio, on May 31, 2014. Tune in to HBO on Saturday, May 31, 2014 to watch the 2014 Induction Ceremony.
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