LIVE: Melissa Etheridge

Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Melissa Etheridge brought the heartland to SDSU's Open Air Theatre on Aug. 23.

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Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Melissa Etheridge brought the heartland to SDSU's Open Air Theatre on Aug. 23.
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Etheridge won two Grammys in 1993 and 1995 and has been nominated for 13 more.
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Even though she hasn't released a studio album since "This Is M.E." in 2014, her tours are still wildly successful.
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In total, Etheridge has released 16 albums, including live albums, compilations and greatest hits.
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To add to her pedigree, she also won an Academy Award for "Best Original Song" in Al Gore's documentary, "An Inconvenient Truth."
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Fittingly, Etheridge was given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2011.
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Besides being a musician, Etheridge is also a prominent activist in the gay and lesbian communities.
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Etheridge was born in Leavenworth, Kansas, giving her that heartland authenticity that we all know and love.
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But before she was signed to a major label, she sent her demo to a lesbian record label and was rejected
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She has held on to the rejection letter from Olivia Records ever since.
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Besides some high profile relationships, Etheridge also found herself in the spotlight during her battle with breast cancer.
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Luckily, she won -- as she is wont to do.
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She now resides on a ranch in California with her partner, Linda Wallem.
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