Loretta Lynn Receives ACM’S Poet’s Award: ‘It’s Such a Huge Honor’

by Keeli Parkey
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Country music legend Loretta Lynn has had a career full of honors, accolades, and awards. She has now added the Academy of Country Music’s (ACM) Poet’s Award to her collection.

The Coal Miner’s Daughter received this award during the ACM Honors on Wednesday, Aug. 25, at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee. In a tweet shared on that day, she shared her thoughts about being recognized in this way.

“It’s such a huge honor to me to receive the Poet’s Award from @ACMawards tonight at the #ACMHonors show at the Ryman,” Loretta Lynn’s tweet read.

And, with a hashtag at the end of the message, she said that she had no plans of slowing down anytime soon. That, unsurprisingly, should make country music fans everywhere very happy.

“Thank y’all so much. #StillWomanEnough#NeverRetire,” the 89-year-old icon also shared.

According to the Academy of Country Music website, the Poet’s Award “is presented to a Country Music songwriter for outstanding and longstanding musical and/or lyrical contributions throughout their career.” Also, the award gives “special consideration given to a song or songs’ impact on the culture of Country Music.”

Loretta Lynn’s songs definitely fit those criteria. The website describes her career this way: “Her body of work has contributed countless classics, have made an indelible mark on Country Music and has inspired generations of female artists to follow her amazing example.”

So, it’s no surprise that she was one of two people who received the award this year. The other was Curly Putman. This songwriter penned such hits as “Dumb Blonde” for Dolly Parton and “Green Green Grass of Home” by Porter Wagoner. Putman also teamed up with Bobby Braddock to write George Jones’ classic hit song, “He Stopped Loving Her Today.”

Loretta Lynn Previously Shared Her Thoughts About Receiving the Poet’s Award

The message Loretta Lynn shared this week about receiving the ACM’s Poet’s Award is not the first time she took to social media to share her thoughts about it. She did so during June 2021 after it was announced that she would be receiving the award.

In this message of appreciation, Lynn said that writing songs means more to her than singing does.

“This is such an honor for me,” Lynn also shared on Twitter at the time. “Anytime others acknowledge your work it means so much and especially to receive the @ACMawards Poet Award because writing music has been a greater love to me than singing it.”

Loretta Lynn also said in June that she draws inspiration for her songs from “real-life” situations. She said she hasn’t avoided writing about difficult topics during her career.

“I’ve always written about the truth, as raw as it may be at times, and real-life, even when it’s hard. No sense in it going to waste,” Lynn also said.