k.d. lang

Inducted in 2013

In more than 25 years as a major-label artist, k.d. lang has matured from plucky punk to elegant siren. The Western Canada native launched her career in the early ’80s with a blend of country-rock and a playfully rebellious attitude, by turns whimsical and subversive.

From the beginning, her bravura singing belied her kitschy cowgirl outfits and spiky hair; anyone lucky enough to attend her very first appearance in the United States, on a triple bill of unsigned artists at New York City’s Bottom Line, could hear that she was marked for greatness.

Career Highlights


Makes Broadway debut in the musical After Midnight


Receives a star on Canada’s Walk of Fame


Releases collaborative album with Tony Bennett, A Wonderful World


“Constant Craving” wins Best Female Pop Vocal Performance award at the 1993 Grammys.

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Records “Crying” with Roy Orbison


Accepts her first JUNO Award in 1985 for Most Promising Female Vocalist.


Forms her first band, the Reclines


Quick Fact

To date, has garnered four Grammys, eight JUNO Awards and Canada’s highest civilian award: the Order of Canada.

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