CMT Immortalizes Loretta Lynn In Live Special Airing From The Opry
A little over two weeks ago, country music lost one of its greatest legends. Loretta Lynn and her timeless discography have heavily contributed to what the genre looks like today. The "Coal Miner's Daughter" has influenced several later generations of artists, both musically and otherwise. Upon her passing, tributes poured in from fans, artists, and industry professionals. CMT continues to honor the titan with a special in her memory, airing on October 30th at 7pm EST. Additional encores of the broadcast will air on November 2nd and November 6th.
“We are truly honored to work closely alongside Loretta’s family to create a celebration of life fit for a true queen of country music, Loretta Lynn. She was a true original, a woman who always sang from her heart, never shied away from challenging the status quo and blazed the path forward for her fellow female artists. From her firecracker spirit and signature musicality to her unmistakable country style and unparalleled authenticity, we look forward to honoring her in the best way we know how: sharing stories and songs with her family, friends and the legions of fans she loved dearly,” shared CMT Producers.
The tribute will take place at the Grand Ole Opry, country music's biggest and most iconic stage. This seems fitting given the late icon's longstanding relationship with the Opry. She gave her debut performance there in 1960, singing her hit "I'm A Honky Tonk Girl." The Opry added a bronze statue of her to their collection outside the venue in 2020, making her the first woman to receive this honor.
NBC's Jenna Bush Hager, a close family friend of Lynn's, will host the event. A wide range of artists will deliver performances - Keith Urban, Crystal Gayle, Sheryl Crow, Faith Hill and so many more. This group has seen Lynn in many ways including an inspiration, friend, and sister.
We wish that there wasn't a reality in which we would have to say goodbye to Loretta Lynn, but as they say, legends never die. She leaves a powerful, lasting impact on not just country but music as a whole. While we miss her immensely, we look forward to seeing CMT honor her legacy.