Loretta Lynn Earns Billboard’s Inaugural Women in Music Legend Award


BY LORIE LIEBIG Wide Oen Country

Country legend Loretta Lynn will be honored with the first ever Women in Music Legend Award next month.

Lynn will be presented with the award, which honors her “historic contributions to the industry and artistry of American music,” at Billboard‘s Women in Music event in New York City on Dec. 11.

“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,” Janice Min, co-president and chief creative officer of Guggenheim Media’s Entertainment Group, said in a statement. “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.”

Kelsea Ballerini and Alabama Shakes’ Brittany Howard are among the female performers who will also appear at the event, which will air on Lifetime Dec. 18.

Lynn is currently busy promoting her newly-announced albumFull Circle. The release, which will be her first in nearly a decade, was co-produced by John Carter Cash and will feature guest appearances by Willie Nelson and Elvis CostelloFull Circle is scheduled to hit stores and online retailers March 4.