Country music stars gather to honor Loretta Lynn

Family, friends and prominent figures in country music gathered at the Grand Ole Opry to pay tribute to Loretta Lynn, who died on October 4 at the age of 90.

Hosted by NBC Today’s Jenna Bush Hager and broadcast live on CMT, the celebration of her life and music began in Loretta’s own words.

As images of Loretta filled the large video screen, gentle music began to play, and Loretta’s voice could be heard reading something like a love letter to her fans. I thanked him for this and said he never took it for granted.

“Thanks to you, my children didn’t have to grow up as poor as I did.”.

She said she knew she couldn’t repay her fans for everything they gave her while sharing her story through songs, books, and movies.

“I have traveled all over the world but haven’t been able to meet much, except for my fans and friends. Knowing that I have seen each of you and that I remember Thank you very much, I love you, your friend, Loretta.”

One of the night’s most important themes was that everyone loved Loretta and considered her a friend. For nearly 90 minutes, the country’s artists shared personal stories about how she impacted their lives, either on stage or via video.

The show’s first musical performance featured Wynonna singing “How Great Thou Art” with Gaither Vocal Band and Larry Strickland.

Throughout that night, Loretta was remembered for her grace and kindness, her encouragement and camaraderie, her grit and spirit, and the catalog of songs she wrote and sang that changed country music forever.

Keith Urban shared a funny story about a phone call he received from Loretta in 2018.

Loretta was heard saying, “Hey Keith, it’s my birthday and I want to see your ass there!”

Everyone laughed, and Urban said, “I must have been there.”

Then he said, “I came running tonight, and I always come running for Miss Loretta.

With a banjo in hand, Urban began singing one of his many big hits, “You’re Looking at Country.”

While a long list of artists performed her songs, fellow artists took to the stage one after another to share warm memories and pay tribute to the country music icon in person or via video.

In short videos interspersed between performances, past Loretta shares some of her stories. She talks about growing up in Butcher Hollow, her husband deciding he should be a singer, buying himself a guitar, and her years as a duet partner with Conway Twitty. did.

Barbara Mandrell said, “We all loved Loretta Lynn.” She remembered reading her book, The Coal Miner’s Daughter, and she was in awe of Loretta’s life as she lived it. Mandrell said she saw the film at least 11 times while she was on tour from show to show.

Martina McBride talked about how Loretta paved the way for others. We may still be here, but we may not write our own songs or sing about current affairs.”

She continued, “Loretta shared her heartache, her spirit, her spirituality, her childhood, her love for Doo and her children, and her story.

Tanya Tucker showed off a beautiful version of Loretta’s “Blue Kentucky Girl.”

Alan Jackson recalled that Loretta was always very kind to him and often reminded him of his mother. ’ I sang.

George Strait called Loretta “a trailblazer, a barrier-breaker, an original, beautiful, kind, sweet, and one helluva songwriter, singer and entertainer”. He sang “Don’t Go Her Home and Drink” in her honor.

There were video tributes from Dolly Parton, Reba McEntire, Taylor Swift, Marty Stuart, Kid Rock, Kacey Musgraves, and Sissy Spacek, who played Loretta in “Coal Miner’s Daughter.”

Spacek said Loretta had a huge impact not only on her career, but also on her life as a friend.

“I love you, I love your family. Playing you gave me the opportunity to get to know you better. It was the greatest gift. Thank you for your legacy. You are an angel.” I love you.”

There have been many stories about how Loretta influenced other artists, including Jack White. He saw “Miner’s Daughter” as his nine-year-old boy in Detroit and was fascinated by her music and stories. Decades later, for Loretta, he Van Leer RoseIn 2005, it won a Grammy Award for “Best Country Album of the Year.”

In one of the night’s big surprises (his name wasn’t on the pre-released guest list), Jack White took the stage to perform a dynamic version of “Van Leah Rose” and meet his best friend. respectful.

Emmy Russell, granddaughter of Loretta Lynn, and Lucas Nelson, granddaughter of Willie Nelson, gave inspiring performances. They sang “Lay Me Down,” a song that their grandparents Willie and Loretta recorded together a little over six years ago.

Towards the end of the night, Loretta’s daughter and granddaughter thanked everyone who participated in the celebration of life and music and said how important it was to their family.

The evening concluded with Loretta’s signature song, “Call Miner’s Daughter,” performed by Highwoman and Britney Spencer.

Loretta Lynn is celebrated as a country music icon whose legacy lives on through her music, her family, and the many lives she touched throughout her amazing life.

Encore performances of “Coal Miner’s Daughter: A Celebration of the Life and Music of Loretta Lynn” are Wednesday, November 2 at 8:00 PM EST/7:00 PM CT and Sunday, November 6 at 11:00 AM EST/10:00 AM CT. will be aired on CMT on

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