Award Winning Singer/Songwriter K.T. Oslin Passes Away At 78

K.T. Oslin smiling at the camera
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2020 has taken another member of the country music community.

K.T. Oslin, best known for her hit single “80’s Ladies,” as well as other songs like “Do Ya” and “Hold Me” has passed away today at the age of 78. Oslin has been battling Parkinson’s disease since her diagnosis in 2015, however was also recently diagnosed with COVID-19. As of right now, it is unclear whether or not COVID was a contributing factor in her death.

Oslin’s breakout single, “80’s Ladies,” earned her two CMA Awards for Female Vocalist of the Year and Song of the Year in 1988. She also won multiple ACM Awards and Grammy Awards in the late 80s for both “80’s Ladies,” as well as “Hold Me.” Her CMA Awards win for Song of the Year in 1988 made her the first female songwriter to win the award.

“K.T. Oslin had one of the most soulful voices in Country Music and was a strong influence for women with her hit ‘80’s Ladies,'” says CMA CEO Sarah Trahern. “I was fortunate to work with K.T. on a number of television shows in the late 90s. She was always gracious to the crews and up-and-coming talent performing alongside her. She truly had one of the best voices in the history of our format. Our thoughts go out to her loved ones at this difficult time.”


“80’s Ladies”

“Hold Me”

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