Who is K.D. Lang, and what has she contributed to music?

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k.d. Lang is a Canadian-born singer, who launched her singing career in the United States in 1986. An androgynous-appearing person, k.d. found it difficult to break into country western music until she sang with the legendary Roy Orbison on the soundtrack for the movie Hiding Out. They sang a duet of his 1961 hit "Crying." In addition to giving her recognition, k.d. won a Grammy for vocal collaboration.

Although she was supported by Minnie Pearl and Loretta Lynn, and she received the Juno award for most promising female vocalist in 1985 (she has since won seven more), k.d. was not accepted into the land of the Grand Ole Opry. So, she turned to a more adult contemporary sound. Then, in 1988, she won recognition as she was asked to perform "The Alberta Rose" at the opening ceremonies of the Winter Olympics. She won Canadian Country Music Association's award of Entertainer of the Year four times, and Female Vocalist of the Year awards in 1988 and 1989. For her album, Absolute Torch and Twang, Lang won a Grammy. Having contributed music to several films, Lang has proven that she is a talented singer and songwriter.