Loretta Lynn to Be Recognized With Special Award at This Year’s 2021 ACM Honors Event

by Madison Miller

Loretta Lynn, “The Coal Miner’s Daughter” or “The Honky Tonk Girl,” is getting a spotlight from the Academy of Country Music.

She is one of several artists that will receive some kind of award during the ACM Honors event. Tickets are available for the event starting on Friday, June 18. The event is on August 25 at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium.

The ACM Honors is a live event that celebrates “special award honorees, off-camera category winners, and ACM Industry and Studio Recording Awards.”

Loretta Lynn ACM Honors

According to Taste of Country, Loretta Lynn will receive the ACM Poet’s Award. It is meant to honor different songwriters for their “outstanding and longstanding musical and/or lyrical contributions throughout their career, with special consideration given to a song or songs’ impact on the culture of country music.”

She isn’t the only one earning that reward in the near future. Gretchen Peters (wrote hits for Marina McBride, George Strait, Patty Loveless, Trisha Yearwood, and more) and Curly Putman (most known for his very successful hit song “Green, Green Grass of Home”) also are. Putman passed away in 2016.

Dan + Shay, Rascal Flatts, Luke Combs, Joe Galante, Lady A, Ross Copperman, Toby Keith, and RAC Clark are all individuals receiving different ACM Honors.

Dan + Shay are being rewarded the ACM Jim Reeves International Award. This is bestowed on someone with “outstanding contributions to the acceptance of country music throughout the world.”

The ACM Honors is another way of seeing some of country music’s most iconic faces receive proper recognition. The event is also starting with Party for a Cause. This will benefit Lifting Lives, which is the ACM’s charitable foundation.

Other Prestigious Awards Given to Lynn

The ACM Poet’s Award certainly isn’t Loretta Lynn’s first experience getting recognition for her outstanding contributions to country music — or music in general. She has been active in music since the 1960s, after all.

One of the most prestigious awards under her belt is a spot in the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame at Music City Center. It has been around since 1970 and continues to recognize the greatest songwriters and their huge impact on country music.

Lynn was also the recipient of the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award back in 2010. Artists like Selena, Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, John Prine, Bee Gees, Patti Page, Glen Campbell, and many others have gotten this award over the years.

In 2013, she received the Presidential Medal of Freedom. She also has several Grammys, ACM Awards, CMA Awards, and Music City News Country Awards.

Loretta Lynn most recently released “Still Woman Enough” in 2021. It’s a collection of new songs and new versions of some of her classic hits. The album is a wonderful example of Lynn’s grasp on the legacy of country music.