LEAVENWORTH, Kan. — Grammy Award-winner and Kansas native Melissa Etheridge was recognized in her hometown over the Memorial Day weekend.

Leavenworth Mayor Jermaine Wilson presented Etheridge with a community service award and a key to the city Saturday outside Leavenworth City Hall.

Wilson said Etheridge earned the award after being an inspiration to the people living in Leavenworth.

He points out she shared experiences about growing up in Kansas through song lyrics for decades. He also said she’s selflessly supported younger generations of music lovers.

She most recently played an off-Broadway show featuring her music. It was called “Melissa Etheridge: My Window — A Journey Through Life.”

Etheridge has donated to the community over the years, including the organ she donated to the C.W. Parker Carousel Museum, according to the city.