Loretta Lynn is Honored for 50 Years of Music
On Friday, country music symbol Loretta Lynn was honored at her Coal Miner's Daughter Museum in Tennessee for 50 years as an American icon.
Musicians and music industry experts gathered for the ceremony in a tent outside the museum - which holds keepsakes and memorabilia including letters for presidents, stage wear and awards - to celebrate the country singer's five decades of music, inspiration and success.
In addition to video tributes from fellow country stars like Wynonna, Keith Anderson, Martina McBride, Kellie Pickler and Dolly Parton, Ronnie Mcdowell presented Loretta with a portrait or the star as a 10-year-old child living in her home state of Kentucky. Regardless of the singer's many awards, Loretta claims that remembering where she came from keeps her grounded.
This celebration kicks off a number of special occasions that mark the star's 50-year history as a country legend. On November 9, Coal Miner's Daughter: A Tribute To Loretta Lynn will be released, featuring remakes of her songs by stars like Kid Rock, Carrie Underwood, Sheryl Crow and Miranda Lambert.
Also, on October 12, Reba McEntire will host the event where Loretta will be honored in a Grammy Salute To Country at the Ryman Auditorium. With special appearances by Martina McBride, Gretchen Wilson and Lee Ann Womack, rumor has it that Garth Brookswill be presenting the country icon with the award.
Coincidentally, the salute at the Ryman occurs three days before the 50-year anniversary of Loretta's first appearance on the Grand Ole Opry, which took place on the same stage.