Linda Ronstadt is among those receiving special recognition for her talents.  The singer made a rare public appearance Monday to accept the National Medal of Arts.  In presenting the award, President Obama praised Linda for her “one-of-a-kind voice and her decades of remarkable music.”  Ronstadt was one of several distinguished Americans who were honored with either the National Medal of Arts or the National Humanities Medal.  In a White House ceremony, the President called the honorees extraordinarily talented people who work in diverse fields ranging from literature and music to architecture and movies. 

The White House award is the second special honor for Ronstadt this year.  Back in April she was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  The singer skipped that ceremony due to the difficulties she has in traveling because of her Parkinson’s disease.