Loretta Lynn was a country music icon. She was a trailblazer for women in country music and passed away this morning from natural causes, surrounded by her family.
During her career, she was nominated for 18 Grammys, winning 3. She is the most awarded female country recording artist and the only female ACM Artist of the Decade (1970s), scoring 24 number 1 hit singles and 11 number one albums.
Her song "Coal Miner's Daughter," was turned into a movie. The film chronicles Loretta's life, and it was a huge hit. It was nominated for 7 Oscars. Sissy Spacek even won for best actress in her portrayal of Loretta.
Loretta won CMA's Female Vocalist of the Year in 1967, 1972 and 1973, was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1983 and the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1988. She also won the Billboard Legacy Award for Women in Music in 2015 and was Named Artist of a Lifetime by CMT in 2018.
Loretta was married to Oliver Lynn for nearly 50 years, married him in 1948, when she was 15. The couple had 6 children together. Oliver died in 1996. Her son, Jack Benny Lynn, died at 34 and her daughter, Betty Sue, died at 64 of emphysema.
She ended 57 years of touring on the road after she suffered a stroke in 2017 and then broke her hip in 2018.
Rest in peace to country music royalty. Loretta Lynn was 90.