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Loretta Lynn, groundbreaking country music singer-songwriter, has been announced as the recipient of Billboard‘s first-ever Women in Music “Legend” award.
The award, which will be presented at Billboard‘s 2015 Women in Music event on Dec. 11 in New York City, honors Lynn’s historic contributions to the industry and artistry of American music, which has established her among the highest class of performers.
“From the moment she broke through more than five decades ago, Loretta Lynn has been an unstoppable musical force who writes and performs with a breathtaking fearlessness and honesty,” said Janice Min, co-president and chief creative officer of Guggenheim Media’s Entertainment Group, which consists of Billboard and The Hollywood Reporter. “As a musical pioneer, author and inspiration to everyone from Jack White to Miranda Lambert, Loretta Lynn has pushed every boundary in music and is the definition of a legend. We are honored to present this award to her.”
Lynn — who is set to release Full Circle, her first studio album in over 10 years, on March 4 — has a long history of success on the Billboard charts, with a total of 29 top 10 albums on the Top Country Albums chart (11 of which went to No. 1 on the list, the second-most among female artists).
Lynn’s 2004 album, the Jack White-produced Van Lear Rose, reached No. 3 on the all-genre Billboard 200. Her tally of No. 1 singles on the Hot Country Songs chart totals 16 and includes “Don’t Come Home A’Drinkin‘ (With Lovin‘ on Your Mind),” “She’s Got You,” “After the Fire Is Gone,” “Coal Miner’s Daughter” and more.
In addition to Loretta Lynn’s Legend award, Lady Gaga will be presented with the Woman of the Year honor at this year’s Women in Music event, which takes place on Dec. 11 in New York. Selena Gomez, Demi Lovato, Alabama Shakes’ Brittany Howard, Fifth Harmony, Kelsea Ballerini and Lana Del Rey will also be honored. Lovato, Gaga, Gomez and Howard will all perform.
The 2015 Women in Music event will air on Dec. 18 on Lifetime. It is held alongside Billboard’s Women in Music list, which names the year’s 50 most powerful female executives in the industry.
Don Mischer Productions, whose work includes multiple Billboard Music Awards, Oscars, Emmys (including the last two) and Super Bowl Halftime Shows, will produce the televised outing, to be held at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York.
This story first appeared on billboard.com
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