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Carrie Underwood Shares High Praise And Admiration For Linda Ronstadt At Kennedy Center Honors

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By Clark Sparky

Musician Linda Ronstadt was one of several entertainers honored by The Kennedy Center over the weekend, and on the red carpet beforehand, Carrie Underwood took time to talk about why she admires Ronstadt so much.

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"One of the things I always admired about her is her ability to do whatever she wants," Underwood said. "The thing is, she always broke the rules, and played music that she felt was true to her. She was a chameleon. She loved music, and she sang so many different kinds and genres. She wanted to sing country music, rock music. She would sing in Spanish. She is just somebody who I feel like the rest of us should be more like."

During the ceremony, Underwood performed Ronstadt classics, "Blue Bayou" and "When Will I Be Loved."

The other recipients at this year's awards were Earth, Wind & Fire (Philip Bailey, Verdine White and Ralph Johnson), Sally Field, Sesame Street and Michael Tilson Thomas.

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Underwood has a new single out, "Drinking Alone," and she talked to CMT recently about the track.

“It was important to me because we’re singing this [in the] first person," Underwood said. I didn’t want it to be like, ‘Oh, we’re going to get drunk and go home together,’ because that’s not something that I would do.

"If it is going to be like an extreme kind of character," she added, "I think I’d rather put it in third person, or put it in a [context where] you’re speaking about somebody completely different, not use first person.”

“You know, ‘This isn’t a thing, I’m not going home with you,'" Underwood said while explaining the lyrics, which she co-wrote with David Garcia and Brett James. "Let’s just be here and be present and kind of get over our heartaches in the same space.'"

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