Several Times Loretta Lynn Changed The Course Of Awards Show History
Loretta Lynn made history when the Country Music Association Awards nominations were announced in 1971. She was the first female nominee for entertainer of the year. She was defeated by another trailblazing artist, Charley Pride, who became the first Black artist to win the award, but Lynn was nominated again the following year and won.
Accepting the award from Minnie Pearl, Lynn exclaimed in the unpretentious and down-home manner that had made her such a beloved figure: “I’m real happy, but the only thing that makes me a little sad is that my husband is gone hunting.” He couldn’t return in time to share my joy with me.”
Lynn, who died on Tuesday (Oct. 4) at the age of 90, was the recipient of eight CMA Awards, 14 Academy of Country Music Awards, three Grammys, and dozens of other honours throughout her career.
She was the first woman to win entertainer of the year at the Academy of Country Music Awards in 1976. She also won top female vocalist of the year, top vocal group (for her long-running collaboration with Conway Twitty), and album of the year for their album Feelin’ that year.
She had her biggest night at the Grammys in 2005, when she was 72, when she won two awards: best country album for Van Lear Rose and best country collaboration with vocals for “Portland Oregon,” on which she collaborated with Jack White (who produced the album).
Lynn received numerous lifetime achievement awards and was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame as well as the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
Here are ten more occasions when Lynn made awards show history.
Won female vocalist of the year at the very first CMA Awards, held at Nashville’s Municipal Auditorium. She won it again in 1972 and 1973. She and Conway Twitty won vocal duo of the year four years in a row from 1972 to 1975. Only Sugarland has won more awards in that category among male/female duos (five).
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