At the ceremony, Smith performed for a crowd of more than 300 people and read from her National Book Award-winning memoir Just Kids. Throughout the course of her career, Smith and her band released 8 albums, and she was inducted into the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame in 2007. Her debut effort, Horses, has repeatedly been listed as one of the greatest albums of all time. Smith is also a poet and visual artist and has released a plethora of work in both of those disciplines. A natural storyteller, Smith is a gifted orator and presents compelling keynote presentations. She shares her insights on what truly defines an artist and how we can motivate ourselves to achieve our passions—no matter what they may be.
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