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Loretta Lynn to Receive Artist of a Lifetime Honor at CMT’s 2018 Artists of the Year

Country legend Loretta Lynn will receive the Artist of a Lifetime honor during the 2018 CMT Artists of the Year celebration.

Written by Lauren Laffer
Loretta Lynn to Receive Artist of a Lifetime Honor at CMT’s 2018 Artists of the Year
Loretta Lynn, Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images

The 2018 CMT Artists of the Year celebration will honor the talented women of country with an all-female ensemble. To carry over with the ladies-only event will be Artist of a Lifetime recipient, Loretta Lynn.

“I’m always so proud when I receive any awards for my music, but when I heard it was this year’s ‘Artist of a Lifetime’ award it made me really happy,” said Lynn. “It’s an honor to be able to make music that people enjoy and I’m really excited to have a new album coming out. Thank you CMT for acknowledging me with this award and for honoring the women in country music at ‘Artists of the Year.’”

Lynn has paved the way for many of today’s performers, with more than half a century of recordings and tours under her belt. The legendary singer/songwriter pushed boundaries with her music, sharing stories from her own personal life experiences.

Over the course of her career, Lynn has been awarded three GRAMMYs, a Kennedy Center honor and has been a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. She is also a member of the Country Music, Songwriter and Nashville Songwriters Halls of Fame.

Previous Artist of a Lifetime honorees include Merle Haggard (2014), Kenny Rogers (2015) and Shania Twain (2016). Oscar winner Sissy Spacek will present the honor to Lynn.

CMT, a leading contributor to the fight for more female artists, will honor Carrie UnderwoodMiranda LambertKelsea BalleriniMaren MorrisLittle Big Town’s Karen Fairchild and Kimberly Schlapmanand Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott during this year’s special.

“We’re evolving the special to reflect what’s happening right now in culture and in the lives of our fans,” said Leslie Fram, Senior Vice President of Music & Talent, CMT. “In this monumental year for women, dedicating one of the biggest nights in the genre to applaud female country artists not only solidifies our commitment, but we hope will spark a much-needed change in the industry.”

The celebration premieres live on Oct. 17 at 8 p.m. EST from Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center.