Nashville honors Loretta Lynn
Thursday, September 16, 2010
– A half-century into her career, Loretta Lynn will be honored with the Recording Academy President's Merit Award in a special ceremony Oct. 12 at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium.
Reba McEntire will host the event, which includes performances by Martina McBride, Gretchen Wilson and Lee Ann Womack and a special appearance by Jack White, who produced her last disc, the very well-received "Van Lear Rose."
Lynn will receive the tribute treatment several weeks later with "'Coal Miner's Daughter: A Tribute to Loretta Lynn." The disc includes songs chosen by Lynn for artists including Sheryl Crow, Carrie Underwood, Lucinda Williams, Kid Rock, Faith Hill, Alan Jackson and Steve Earle.
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