It seems only fitting that the women of country would honor a true woman of country.
The great Loretta Lynn passed away this morning at her home in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee, at age 90.
Both country music fans, and fellow artists alike have been sharing their favorite songs, memories and moments, but right now, we’re taking it back to 2011.
Over ten years ago on the ACM Girls Night Out Special, some of the most significant names in modern country music tipped their hats to the pioneer herself.
Martina McBride, The Judds, Miranda Lambert, Jennifer Nettles, Reba, and Carrie Underwood teamed up for a finale that included a collaborative rendition of “Coal Miner’s Daughter” with a special introductory tribute from Martina:
“None of us would be doing what we do if she hadn’t done it first. It’s no wonder the first lady of country music is Loretta Lynn.”
Although Loretta was on doctor’s orders not to attend the event and focus on recovering from a recent knee surgery, she messaged in with a special thanks to the girls for continuing the country music tradition.
The ACM Awards took the night to honor Loretta’s over 50-year career in the industry that included 16 number one hits and 16 Academy of Country Music Awards.
RIP to the country music icon, the irreplaceable Loretta Lynn.