"Wouldn’t It Be Great": Loretta Lynn to be honored as Artist of a Lifetime at first-ever all-female CMT Artists of the Year

Sony LegacyLegendary actress Sissy Spacek will give Loretta Lynn the Artist of a Lifetime award next month at the CMT Artists of the Year ceremony in Nashville.

Spacek became close friends with the country legend while preparing to play her in the 1980 film Coal Miner’s Daughter, and went on to win the Best Actress Oscar that same year for the role.

The honor comes as Loretta’s latest album, Wouldn’t It Be Great, is set to be released this Friday.

"I'm always so proud when I receive any awards for my music, but when I heard it was this year's Artist of a Lifetime award it made me really happy,” Loretta says. “It's an honor to be able to make music that people enjoy and I'm really excited to have a new album coming out.”

In the past, Merle Haggard, Kenny Rogers and Shania Twain have also been named CMT’s Artist of a Lifetime.

Loretta will accept the accolade during the first-ever all-female edition of CMT Artists of the Year on Wednesday, October 17, which will air live from Music City starting at 8 p.m. ET.

Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert, Kelsea Ballerini, Maren Morris, Little Big Town’s Karen Fairchild and Kimberly Schlapman, and Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott will be honored as well.

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