NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Nashville is deeply saddened and mourns the loss of legendary Country Music Hall of Famer, Loretta Lynn. Lynn, who was 90, died peacefully of natural causes at her ranch in Tennessee. Lynn’s music and achievements have been repeatedly recognized by all major award bodies. She joined the Grand Ole Opry in 1962, won four GRAMMY Awards, seven American Music Awards and eight Country Music Association awards. She was the first woman to win the Country Music Association and Academy of Country Music awards for Entertainer of the Year. She was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1988, the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2008, and received the Kennedy Center Honors in 2003 and the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2013. She has sold over 45 million albums worldwide. world.
Other artists and friends in the industry share their thoughts and memories on his passing with words of love and condolences.
“There are simply no words to adequately describe my feelings about this loss. She was the matriarch of our Opry family for the past few years and while she couldn’t be there in person, she was very present in this building, in our hearts and in our minds. She was very welcoming to me when I came, asking me to sit next to her and tell her about myself. I was thrilled at the time and that always thrills me to think she was interested. In the end, she just patted me on the knee and said “Never change”. Her impact on our industry through her songs has been huge. She made to make everyone aware, sometimes in a brutal way, of the fate of certain women’s lives, and this realization has led to changes. Of course, I will always remember her sense of humor! She would ask me to tell him a joke and then say, “Tell Doo and he’ll explain it to me!” still one of Country Music’s greatest gifts to the world.–Jeannie Seely
“Kind, welcoming, sincere, caring, how many positive attributes can I think of to describe Loretta Lynn. But the one I think of at the mention of her name is grateful. from her ranch at Hurricane Mills, to sharing the stage at a festival somewhere in America, there was always a sense of gratitude that emanated from her.Not one to take talent for granted, family, friends, fans or music who blessed her life and in turn blessed our lives We will miss you Miss Loretta, we will miss you.–John Berry
“As we all remember Loretta for her amazing musical gifts, her sense of humor, her compassion as the matriarch of a large family, I will be forever grateful to her, Patsy and Peggy, for inviting me to their home. her and to share her life story with me God bless our Queen Loretta.–John Cowan (New Grass Revival / Doobie Brothers)
“It’s a day I will never forget! Mrs. Loretta walked through those pearly doors on my birthday! How bittersweet. She was my biggest influence, my mentor and my dear friend. She was loved and adored by many, but she will always be very special to me…this girl from Butcher Holler certainly did some good and lived a life worthy of admiration! I will miss you Loretta Lynn, this world won’t be the same without you, but you certainly left a big mark!”–Heidi Newfield
“A monumental mold has been broken. We are so lucky to have had such a unique talent in our lifetime. Loretta lived the American dream and gave back with country-style humility and grace. “-Exile
“Ms. Loretta was an inspiration and an icon and the real deal of a kid from Kentucky aiming to be a songwriter. Her story is so true it can’t be made up. She had the grace, the style and a kindness that have permeated his incredible career. A true revolutionary legend. One of a kind.”–Kent Blazy
“I saw Loretta and Conway when I was a kid in Montgomery, Alabama. I never dreamed that one day I would write a song with her. I had the honor of singing a Conway/ Loretta with her in 2016 during her 4th of July show at her ranch. I felt like I was singing with a queen. I guess I was. The world isn’t the same when you lose someone like Loretta.–Bobby Tomberlin
“My grandma, Dottie West, wasn’t the only one who grew up on ‘Country Sunshine’. I don’t think they come any more country than Loretta Lynn. She was a friend of the family, but also the one of those pioneer women of country music. I’m sure as soon as my grandma hears that country accent in heaven, she’ll know it’s Loretta. Country music won’t be remembered without her name. Rest in peace. peace my friend.”–Tess Frizzell
“With every word she sang, you felt like you were living her songs. We never met Loretta Lynn personally, but we always admired her for her honesty, her love for her fans, her faith in God and the love she had for her husband, Doolittle. She was always proud of the eastern Kentucky hills she called home. She was a role model and shining example to us all. Rest easy, Miss Loretta.–Darin and Brooke Aldridge
“Loretta Lynn was by far one of my biggest inspirations, not just in music, but in my life. When I was nine, my mom taught me the lyrics to ‘Coal Miner’s Daughter,’ and it changed my life forever. It became the song that got me onto my first professional stage, and it was the song that taught me how music can heal and help people in any what a situation. When I was 10, I was playing in a long-term care facility where I met the real daughter of a coal miner who was living with Alzheimer’s. She couldn’t remember anything about her life, but when I sang “Coal Miner’s Daughter” she remembered her childhood, her parents and her siblings, and the incredible life she had lived. because of the truth and powerful lyrics that Mrs. Loretta Lynn wrote in her songs Mrs. Loretta taught me the power of music, and through ers her music, she taught me to stay true to myself and showed me the woman I want to be. I always said my best friends growing up were Loretta Lynn and Patsy Cline, because they were there for me when I felt like no one else was. I’m heartbroken to hear of Mrs. Loretta’s passing, but I know she’s with Patsy and Doo. My heart goes out to all his family, friends and all who loved him. She will forever remain one of the best and greatest women who ever lived. Thank you for the songs Ms. Loretta, and thank you for being the reason I love music. You will always be the greatest country artist in my book.–Dallas Remington
“We lost an icon today. Loretta Lynn represented the best our genre has to offer. She was a true trailblazer who wasn’t afraid to stand out by singing openly and honestly about difficult subjects, and someone who ‘one that all young artists could look up to. She will be sorely missed, but her spirit will live on forever in her vast catalog of music.–Bryan Ruby
“I was deeply saddened to learn of Miss Loretta’s passing. Words cannot begin to describe what a loss it is to our country music family. My dad Steve was a huge Loretta fan, so we have so many of her original vinyl records that we still play. She paved the way for female artists like me and showed that anything could be done. She had the most iconic sound, style and story that no will never be forgotten. My love and prayers go out to his family and friends. There is so much sweet music in heaven today.–Dani-elle Kleha
“I’m so sorry to hear of Loretta’s passing. She was one of the most legendary and best artists to ever take the stage. She was way ahead of her time, paving the way for female country artists to many ways through her songwriting and performances. She will be sorely missed, but thankfully her music will live on. Prayers for her family and all the many people who loved her.–Taylon Hope
“Ms. Loretta was a pioneer in country music and then opened the door for other female country artists. She is an absolute legend and will be sorely missed.–Jason Brownie