Loretta Lynn, who recently had a tribute album released about her, made an appearance at the 2010 Country Music Awards on Wednesday night alongside actress Sissy Spacek and presented one of the most coveted awards in the business.
Lynn presented the Female Artist of the Year Award to upstart singer Miranda Lambert, who on the night won three awards total out of nine nominations.
Also during the ceremony, the 76-year-old country singer-songwriter received a tribute duet from both Lambert and Sheryl Crow, who sung Lynn’s song “Coal Miner’s Daughter.”
Spacek, who portrayed Lynn in the 1980 film of the same name, said “Loretta didn’t need any actress to turn her into a great character. She was born one.”
So, why was there so much fuss about Lynn? Well, she recently celebrated her 50th year in the music business this year.
In 1960, she recorded "I’m a Honky Tonk Girl."
"Do you believe that I have been in the business that long?" she told USA Today by phone earlier this week. "I was a scared little girl, real bashful. I look back and it seems so long ago, and then sometimes it's like it's a month ago."
“Coal Miner's Daughter: A Tribute to Loretta Lynn” was released on Nov. 9 and features tributes by Alan Jackson, Martina McBride, Kid Rock, Reba McEntire, Faith Hill, the White Stripes, and other artists.