Loretta Lynn dead at 90
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Country music star Loretta Lynn, known for her hits “Coal Miner’s Daughter” and “You Ain’t Woman Enough,” has died. She was 90.
She died Tuesday at her home in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee, her family shared in a statement obtained by the Associated Press.
Lynn, the daughter of a Kentucky coal miner, made a name for herself by writing songs about life and love as a woman in Appalachia.
Already a mother to four children, she launched her career in the early 1960s, singing about her pride in her rural Kentucky upbringing.
The Country Music Hall of Famer, who often wore long elaborate sparkling gowns, was ahead of her time, singing about sex and love, cheating husbands, divorce, and birth control.
She also broke barriers becoming the first woman to be named entertainer of the year at the genre’s two major awards shows, first by the Country Music Association in 1972 and then by the Academy of Country Music three years later.
The Academy of Country Music chose her as the artist of the decade for the 1970s and she was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1988.
She also teamed up with singer Conway Twitty and together they wrote their duet, “After the Fire is Gone,” which earned them a Grammy Award.
She continued to climb in her career, even earning two Grammys in 2005 for her album “Van Lear Rose.” In 2010, she received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award for her 50 years in country music.
Lynn and her husband Oliver Lynn were married nearly 50 years before he died in 1996. They had six children: Betty, Jack, Ernest and Clara, and then twins Patsy and Peggy. She had 17 grandchildren and four step-grandchildren.