Oscar-winner Sissy Spacek, who played Loretta Lynn in her movie memoir “Coal Miner’s Daughter”, tearfully accepted the CMT Artist Of A Lifetime Award on behalf of the iconic singer.
Spacek delivered an emotional acceptance speech during the awarding ceremony, as shown in a video posted to YouTube.
“I loved playing Loretta in Coal Miner’s Daughter. I just loved being her. I had the band, I had the bus, I had the clothes. But I think we can all agree, there’s only one Loretta Lynn,” she said.
The 86-year-old country singer could not attend the ceremony for heal reasons. But Spacek said the singer was excited about receiving the award.
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Spacek also spoke about the special bond she and Lynn have shared through the years.
“From the moment we met, she’s been my cheerleader, my sister, my best friend. And it’s still like that almost 40 years later. It’s my honor to accept her award. Well done, Loretta. Well done,” she said.
She also added a touch of politics to her speech, saying: “I think Loretta said it best. ‘It’s about dad-gum time we recognize women.'”
Her speech moved fellow artists and fans to tears.
Lynn rose to stardom in the 60s with the release of her album, “Loretta Lynn Sings.” She later produced several hits, including “You Ain’t Woman Enough”, “Fist City” and “Coal Miner’s Daughter.”
Recently, she was also awarded the CMT Artist of the Year Awards. Her other accolades include the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Obama in 2013.
Among the country star’s latest memorable performances was during a 2012 concert celebrating the 50-year anniversary of the Grand Ole Opry. Lynn performed a duet with fellow country star Trace Adkins.
Lynn became a member of the Grand Ole Opry on September 5, 1962. Over the years she made countless appearances on the famed stage, and fans flocked to watch every performance.
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