Since suffering a stroke in May 2017, Loretta Lynn, 87, has only made a handful of public appearances, but she stepped out on Sept. 17 to accept the Kris Kristofferson Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2nd annual Nashville Songwriter Awards at the Ryman Auditorium.
The star-studded affair featured performances by Jason Aldean, Reba McEntire, Sam Hunt, Dierks Bentley, Dean Dillon, Florida Georgia Line, Lee Brice, Chris Janson, Cole Swindell and more.
Loretta was honored throughout the night with performances from her catalog, including “Coal Miner’s Daughter” by her granddaughter Tayla Lynn, “I’m a Honky Tonk Girl” by Kellie Pickler and “You Ain’t Woman Enough” by Reba.
Escorted to the podium by Kid Rock and son Ernest Ray Lynn, Loretta received a standing ovation as she accepted her award, saying, in part, “I want y’all to know I love you.”
Loretta was honored with the Kris Kristofferson Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of her contributions to the American songbook and inspiring the careers of others.
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