With over 85 million records sold worldwide, Shania Twain is the best-selling female country artist of all time. In addition, Twain's impressive album sales have made her one of the best-selling artists in any genre.
Twain has received a total of five Grammys, 27 BMI Songwriter awards, and countless CMA and ACM Awards. Now, CMT has named her as the recipient of a prestigious award that can only be described as the honor of a "lifetime."
People was the first to announce the news that Twain was selected to receive CMT's Artist of a Lifetime Award. Twain is the first female country artist to be named as a recipient of the award, with some past recipients being Kenny Rogers and Merle Haggard.
Speaking about CMT's decision to give the Artist of a Lifetime Award to Twain, Leslie Fram, Senior Vice President of Music Strategy and Talent at CMT, said that they had been considering female artists for the award for the past year:
"There have definitely been a lot of conversations over the last year surrounding female artists. CMT wanted to honor a living legend who is not only the biggest-selling female artist in the history of our format, but one of the best-selling artists of all time. She is and continues to be an inspiration to artists across generations and genres."
Twain will be honored during CMT's annual special called CMT Artists of the Year, which will air on CMT on October 20th. Other artists who will be honored during the special include Carrie Underwood, Chris Stapleton, and Luke Bryan.
A huge congratulations to Twain on being named as this year's recipient of the CMT Artist of a Lifetime Award!
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