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.”
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.