Congratulations are in order for Loretta Lynn.
She will be presented with Billboard's first ever Women in Music "Legend" Award this year.
She is being honored for her historic contribution to not only the country music genre, but to the entire music industry.
Janice Min, co-president and chief creative officer of Guggenheim Media's Entertainment Group, which owns Billboard, gave a statement about why Lynn deserves this award.
"From the moment she broke through more than five decades ago, Loretta Lynn has been an unstoppable musical force who writes and performs with a breathtaking fearlessness and honesty," she said. "As a musical pioneer, author, and inspiration to everyone from Jack White to Miranda Lambert, Loretta Lynn has pushed every boundary in music and is the definition of a legend. We are honored to present this award to her."
Lynn has produced 29 top-10 albums, has 16 No. 1 singles, and is releasing her first album in 10 years this March, Full Circle.
She is a country music pioneer, not just for women, but in general. Her mark on the genre is everlasting and those who know Loretta Lynn are truly lucky.
The Women in Music event will air December 18th on Lifetime.
Check out Loretta Lynn's signature song, "Coal Miner's Daughter" below.
Well I was born the coal miner's daughter in a cabin on a hill in Butcher Holler
We were poor but we had love that's the one thing that daddy made sure of
He shovel coal to make a poor man's dollar
My daddy worked all night in the Vanleer coal mine all day long in the field hoein' corn
Mommie rocked the baby that night and read the Bible by the coal oil light
And everything would start all over come break of morn
Daddy loved and raised eight kids on a miner's pay
Mommie scrubbed our clothes on a washboard everyday
Why I've seen her fingers bleed to complain there was no need
She's smiled in mommie's understanding way
In the summertime we didn't have shoes to wear
But in the wintertime we'd all get a brand new pair
From a mail order catalog money made by selling a hog
Daddy always managed to get the money somewhere
Yeah I'm proud to be a coal miner's daughter
I remember well the well where I drew water
The work we done was hard at night we'd sleep cause we were tired
I never thought I'd ever leave the Butcher Holler
But a lots of things have changed since the way back then
And it's so good to be back home again
Not much left but the floor nothing lives there anymore
Just the mem'ries of a coal miner's daughter
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