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September 25, 2018

Country icon Loretta Lynn will be honored with the “Artist of a Lifetime” award

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Loretta Lynn is set to receive an honorary lifetime award at this year's CMT music awards next month. 

CMT's Twitter made the announcement earlier today. The 86-year-old artist will receive the "Artist of a Lifetime" honor during the 2018 CMT Artists of the Year celebration. 

According to PEOPLE, actress Sissy Spacek will present the award to the country legend. Spacek previously won an Oscar for her performance in "Coal Miner's Daughter" which showcased Lynn's younger life back in 1980.

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Lynn expressed her appreciation at a press release: 

"I'm always so proud when I receive any awards for my music, but when I heard it was this year's CMT Lifetime Achievement Award it made me really happy." 

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She continued: 

"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."

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Past accolades of the honor included Shania Twain in 2016, Kenny Rogers in 2015, and Merle Haggard in 2014.

Lynn is known to write her own, limit-pushing songs which she takes from personal experiences. Her performances always stood out to fans of Nashville. 

The artist's newest album "Wouldn't It Be Great" will be released this Friday, September 28th. 

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The show will premiere live on Wednesday, October 17 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on CMT. It will highlight women of the past, present, and future in country music.

For the first time, the show will feature an all-women group of honorees. This includes Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert, Kelsea Ballerini, Maren Morris, Karen Fairchild, Kimberly Schlapman, and Lady Antebellum's Hillary Scott.

Last year, the focus was on the Route 91 Harvest music festival shooting, as well as the many hurricanes which devastated the world.

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Back in 2013, Lynn performed with actor and country music singer Trace Adkins in a touching duet. The two sang "Lead Me On" to an Opry crowd. 

The on-stage chemistry was evident and left a mark on the audience's hearts. 

Source: YouTube/ Grand Ole Opry

Sadly, Lynn suffered a stroke in 2017. Then in April 2018, she injured herself on stage and had to cancel public appearances for a few months due to a hip fracture. 

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