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    Loretta Lynn to Receive Inaugural 'Legend' Award at Billboard's Women in Music 2015


    Loretta Lynn, groundbreaking country music singer-songwriter, has been announced as the recipient of Billboard's first-ever Women in Music “Legend” award.

    The award, which will be presented at Billboard's 2015 Women in Music event on Dec. 11 in New York City, honors Lynn’s historic contributions to the industry and artistry of American music, which has established her among the highest class of performers.

    "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," said Janice Min, co-president and chief creative officer of Guggenheim Media’s Entertainment Group, which consists of Billboard and The Hollywood Reporter. "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 -- who is set to release Full Circle, her first studio album in over 10 years, on March 4 -- has a long history of success on the Billboard charts, with a total of 29 top 10 albums on the Top Country Albums chart (11 of which went to No. 1 on the list, the second-most among female artists). Lynn’s 2004 album, the Jack White-produced Van Lear Rose, reached No. 3 on the all-genre Billboard 200. Her tally of No. 1 singles on the Hot Country Songs chart totals 16 and includes "Don't Come Home A'Drinkin' (With Lovin' on Your Mind)," “She's Got You," "After the Fire Is Gone,” "Coal Miner's Daughter” and more.

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    This is so well deserved. I particularly agree with this sentence "Loretta Lynn has pushed every boundary in music and is the definition of a legend."
    Miss Loretta is particularly noted for her willingness to address topics (such as the birth control pill, domestic violence, saying no to husbands) which were considered inappropriate to raise in songs by some conservative or over-cautious radio stations and industry pundits. And that willingness to be a musical pioneer continued into the 2000s, when, in her seventies she had the confidence and vision to make an album with a producer in his twenties, who came from a background in Alternative Rock. (That album, "Van Lear Rose" gained a metacritic score of 97 - said to be the second highest score ever). Not bad, at a career stage when many artists would settle for basking in their earlier highlights.


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