In a rare appearance, Loretta Lynn made her way to the Ryman stage to accept the Kris Kristofferson Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2nd annual Nashville Songwriter Awards in Nashville on Tuesday night (Sept. 17).
After suffering a stroke in 2017, Loretta’s most recent public appearance was at her 87th birthday party at Bridgestone arena with special guest such as Keith Urban, Tanya Tucker, Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood and many more A-list stars.
Helped to the stage by Kid Rock and her son Ernest Ray Lynn, Loretta accepted the night’s biggest honor for her contributions to music. She was also honored by fellow country artist’s performing her hits, including Kellie Pickler singing “I’m a Honky Tonk Girl,” her granddaughter Tayla Lynn performing “Coal Miner’s Daughter” and Reba McEntire performing “You Ain’t Woman Enough.”
Reba took to Instagram to share a backstage photo with Loretta on her special night.
The evening also included performances by Jason Aldean, Dean Dillon, Florida Georgia Line, Sam Hunt, Lee Brice, Chris Janson, Dierks Bentley, Cole Swindell and more.
Other winners include:
Song of the Year – “Break Up in the End” performed by Cole Swindell
Written by Jessie Jo Dillon, Jon Nite and Chase McGill
Songwriter/Artist of the Year – Luke Combs
Songwriter of the Year – Josh Osborne
Keystone Award – George Strait
The White Hat Award – U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN)