Loretta Lynn Makes Rare Public Appearance to Accept Lifetime Achievement Award in Nashville [Photo Gallery]

Loretta Lynn Makes Rare Public Appearance to Accept Lifetime Achievement Award in Nashville [Photo Gallery]

Since suffering a stroke in May 2017, Loretta Lynn, 87, has only made a handful of public appearances, but she stepped out on Sept. 17 to accept the Kris Kristofferson Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2nd annual Nashville Songwriter Awards at the Ryman Auditorium.

The star-studded affair featured performances by Jason Aldean, Reba McEntire, Sam Hunt, Dierks Bentley, Dean Dillon, Florida Georgia Line, Lee Brice, Chris Janson, Cole Swindell and more.

Loretta was honored throughout the night with performances from her catalog, including “Coal Miner’s Daughter” by her granddaughter Tayla Lynn, “I’m a Honky Tonk Girl” by Kellie Pickler and “You Ain’t Woman Enough” by Reba.

Escorted to the podium by Kid Rock and son Ernest Ray Lynn, Loretta received a standing ovation as she accepted her award, saying, in part, “I want y’all to know I love you.”

Loretta was honored with the Kris Kristofferson Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of her contributions to the American songbook and inspiring the careers of others.

Check out our photo gallery below, courtesy of Curtis Hilbun, AFF-USA.com.

photos by Curtis Hilbun, AFF-USA.com

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Dustin Lynch & MacKenzie Porter talk about “Thinking ‘Bout You”

Dustin Lynch & MacKenzie Porter talk about “Thinking ‘Bout You”

Dustin Lynch recalls the exact moment during the writing of “Thinking ‘Bout You” when they thought it could work as a collaboration, “We realized, after we got to the chorus, wait a second, this is the duet moment we’ve been looking for. We can have the girl on the other end of the line, and her come in on the second verse, and now it’s a conversation. And I do think that’s why it’s so approachable and people relate to it and those phone calls can be life changing sometimes.”

As the song is knocking on the door to the number-one spot on the country music airplay chart, MacKenzie Porter shares that she and Dustin haven’t had a lot of opportunities to perform the hit song together, “The crazy part is like, we’ve actually probably sang it separately, more than we’ve sang it together, because our touring schedules are different. So then when we do get to do it together, it’s like oh yeah this is how, this is how it’s supposed to go, I’m not supposed to sing Dustin’s first verse, which I do in my own show. It just feels so natural.”

Photo Courtesy of Dustin Lynch & MacKenzie Porter