Loretta Lynn Receives Cracker Barrel Country Legend Award

Loretta Lynn was recently recognized for her contributions to country music and for “blazing a trail” for women in the…


Lauren Jo Black

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September 24, 2019


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Loretta Lynn; Photo Courtesy Cracker Barrel

Loretta Lynn was recently recognized for her contributions to country music and for “blazing a trail” for women in the genre as a recipient of the 2019 Cracker Barrel Country Legend Award.

The award was presented to the legendary entertainer at her ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee by fellow country star Trisha Yearwood.

“Loretta has played such an integral role in paving the way for the female artists who have come after her – myself included,” Yearwood shared. “It’s truly an honor to present her this recognition, as she has been someone I have looked up to not only as a woman in country music but also as a source of warmth and support.”

Trisha Yearwood, Loretta Lynn; Photo Courtesy Cracker Barrel
Trisha Yearwood, Loretta Lynn; Photo Courtesy Cracker Barrel

The award presentation comes on the heels of Cracker Barrel’s “Five Decades, One Voice” campaign, which celebrates iconic females in country music and highlights those who are following in their footsteps.

“For more than five decades, I’ve believed in taking chances where the opportunity for success is limited,” Lynn said. “To receive this honor from Cracker Barrel in recognition of all those chances and the career it led me to build is incredibly meaningful to me. It comes at an important time when I see so many female artists fighting for a chance to be heard. I want to help them bring their talents to the table and programs like ‘Five Decades, One Voice’ do just that. And trust me; there’s plenty to go around.”

According to a press release, the Cracker Barrel Country Legend Award is given to a country artist with “decades in the business, past partnerships with Cracker Barrel’s music program, a stated impact and influence on present-day artists in the genre.” Along with the award Cracker Barrel pledged to donate $5,000 to the charity of the singer’s choice – the Grand Ole Opry Trust Fund.

Loretta Lynn is the second-ever recipient of the Cracker Barrel Country Legend Award, following Randy Travis, who was presented with the honor in 2018.

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for Answers.com and her work being featured on Forbes.com. She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.