Grammy-winning country icon Loretta Lynn can add another prize to her long list of accolades. She is set to receive the Artist of a Lifetime Award at the 2018 CMT Artists of the Year event, which will take place Oct. 17 in Nashville. Sissy Spacek, who won an Oscar for portraying Lynn in the 1980 biopic "Coal Miner's Daughter," will present Lynn with the award. CMT will telecast the show from 8-9:30 p.m. ET/PT. Details on tickets and the show's venue have not yet been announced. The 2017 "Artists of the Year" show took place at Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center, but the venue is booked for another event on Oct. 17, 2018.
As previously reported, the Artists of the Year ceremony in 2018 will have an all-female lineup of honorees, following an all-male lineup that the show had in 2017. The 2018 honorees are Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert, Kelsea Ballerini, Maren Morris, Lady Antebellum singer Hillary Scott and Little Big Town singers Karen Fairchild and Kimberly Schlapman. They are all expected to perform at the event, which traditionally has on-stage collaborations and some surprise appearances.
In a statement, Lynn commented: “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...Thank you CMT for acknowledging me with this award and for honoring the women in country music at ‘Artists of the Year.’”
Lynn is also back in the spotlight for her album Wouldn't It Be Great, due out Sept. 28 on Legacy Recordings. She recorded several of her classic songs and released new tracks for the album. Lynn wrote or co-wrote all the songs on Wouldn't It Be Great, which was produced by Patsy Lynn Russell (Loretta Lynn's daughter) and John Carter Cash, son of Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash. The album was mostly recorded at the Cash Cabin Studio in Hendersonville, Tennessee.
Early reviews for Wouldn't It Be Great have been positive. NPR noted that Lynn brings "defiant pride," "feistiness" and an "energetic, lived wisdom" to the remakes of her songs. Meanwhile, the Lexington Herald-Leader said that on the album, "Lynn’s singing is almost stoically unsentimental and curiously youthful," and gave praise to "how hearty she sounds on these tracks."