Loretta Lynn to Receive a Special Grammy Tribute
Earlier this year, Loretta Lynn was honored with a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. In October, the Coal Miner's Daughter will be the recipient of another Grammy-related honor: she'll be the focus of a star-studded tribute, set to take place at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium on Tuesday, October 12.
The event, which marks the sophomore year for Grammy's Salute to Country Music, will also include the presentation of the Recording Academy President's Merit Award to the beloved entertainer, who has previously won three Grammy awards, including two for 'Van Lear Rose,' her 2004 album with the White Stripes' Jack White.
"We are delighted to be paying homage to Loretta Lynn, a true country music pioneer and cultural icon, whose distinctive musical style has confronted social issues while remaining wildly entertaining," says Neil Portnow, President/CEO of the Recording Academy. "It is only fitting that we celebrate Loretta at our Salute to Country Music event, as she has worked diligently to ensure that country music remains a vital part of our culture, and has paved the way for many of today's talented artists and likely for generations to come."
No word yet on the artists who'll be on hand to celebrate the life and career of the 75-year-old legend. In 2009, multiple-Grammy winner Vince Gill was honored during the first Salute to Country Music. Held at the Loveless Barn, the invitation-only celebration featured appearances by Alison Krauss, Brad Paisley, Michael McDonald, Steve Martin and Amy Grant.
No stranger to honors during her six-decade-plus career, in 1972, Loretta Lynn was the first woman to receive the CMA Award for Entertainer of the Year. She was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1988. She also continues to perform live and is scheduled to take the stage at her ranch at Hurricane Mills, outside Nashville, on Saturday, July 3. Click here for more of her upcoming tour dates.