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Informational (nonfiction) 2,268 words, Level Z (Grade 5)Winner of the National Medal of Arts and 13 Grammy Awards. Sold over 40 million records. Named the "First Lady of Song." These are just some of the accomplishments of music legend Ella Fitzgerald. Although life for this legendary vocalist was fraught with racism, sexism, and classism, Ella showed the world that people can overcome adversity and achieve their dreams. Photographs support the text.