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Loretta Lynn is an American country
singer who was the leading country female vocalist during much of the
1960's and 1970's. In the 1970's, Lynn became one of
the most famous women in all of America and frequently made "most
admired women" polls alongside first ladies and world leaders. She has won multiple Grammy Awards and was a pioneer for women music.
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Loretta Lynn's big break came when she won a local talent competition and was noticed by Buck Owens who invited her on his television show. That performance led to a deal with Zero Records and in 1960, she recorded her first hit, "I'm A Honky Tonk Girl". Kitty Wells became the first major country female vocalist in the 1950's but by the time Loretta Lynn made her first record in 1960, only three other women, Patsy Cline, Skeeter Davis and Jean Shepard had become top stars. By the end of 1962 it was clear Loretta Lynn was on her way to becoming the fourth to follow Wells' lead to the top.
Loretta Lynn enjoyed enormous success on country radio until the early 1980's when a more pop-flavored type of country music began to dominate the market, one of the leaders of which was her younger sister Crystal Gayle. Loretta Lynn's last top 10 record as a soloist was "I Lie" in 1982 but she continued having charting records until the end of the decade. As a concert artist, she remained a top draw throughout her career but by the early 1990s had drastically cut down the number of personal appearances she accepted due to fragile health.
Loretta Lynn was a recipient of Kennedy Center Honors in 2003 and was named "Artist of the Decade" for the 1970s by the Academy of Country Music. In 2004, she made a comeback with the highly successful album Van Lear Rose, produced by and featuring the guitar playing of Jack White of The White Stripes, which helped her reach new audiences and new generations and even garnered airplay on rock radio. At the end of 2004, it was announced that Loretta Lynn was nominated for five Grammy Awards including, Best Country Song ("Miss Being Mrs." and "Portland Oregon"), Best Country Album (Van Lear Rose), Best Country Collaboration with Vocals ("Portland Oregon" with Jack White) and Best Female Country Vocal Performance ("Miss Being Mrs."). At the 2005 Grammys, she won for Best Country Album and Best Country Collaboration with Vocals.
Loretta Lynn is one of only five solo women (others include Reba McEntire, Barbara Mandrell, Dolly Parton and Shania Twain), to win the Country Music Association's highest honor, "Entertainer Of The Year".