Loretta Lynn’s Public Memorial Service To Feature George Strait, Wynonna Judd, Darius Rucker & More

Country music icon Loretta Lynn passed away at 90 years old in her Tennessee home on Tuesday, October 4. In honor…


Madeleine O’Connell

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October 20, 2022


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Loretta Lynn; Photo by Terry Wyatt/Getty Images for Americana Music

Country music icon Loretta Lynn passed away at 90 years old in her Tennessee home on Tuesday, October 4. In honor of the great legacy she left behind, CMT and Sandbox Productions have announced that a live memorial service will be held at the end of the month at the Grand Ole Opry. 

In partnership Lynn’s family, Coal Miner’s Daughter: A Celebration of the Life & Music of Loretta Lynn, will pay tribute to her life and 60-year career. 

“We are truly honored to work closely alongside Loretta’s family to create a celebration of life fit for a true queen of country music, Loretta Lynn. She was a true original, a woman who always sang from her heart, never shied away from challenging the status quo and blazed the path forward for her fellow female artists. From her firecracker spirit and signature musicality to her unmistakable country style and unparalleled authenticity, we look forward to honoring her in the best way we know how: sharing stories and songs with her family, friends and the legions of fans she loved dearly,” shared CMT Producers. 

Hosted by NBC’s TODAY Show co-host and close family friend Jenna Bush Hager, the public celebration will feature special appearances by artists including Barbara Mandrell, Faith Hill and her husband Tim McGraw, Martina McBride, Sheryl Crow, and more.

In addition, the star-studded lineup is set to include performances from Brandi Carlile, Crystal Gayle, Darius Rucker, Emmy Russell & Lukas Nelson, George Strait, The Highwomen with Brittney Spencer, Keith UrbanLittle Big Town, Margo Price, Tanya Tucker and Wynonna Judd. 

Peggy Sue Wright, Crystal Gayle; Photo by Getty Images for CMT
Peggy Sue Wright, Crystal Gayle; Photo by Getty Images for CMT

CMT also recently dedicated its entire broadcast of the 2022 “CMT ARTISTS OF THE YEAR” celebration to Loretta Lynn’s memory. Her sisters Crystal Gayle and Peggy Sue Wright we in attendance to deliver an emotional performance of her genre-bending hit, “Coal Miner’s Daughter,” with special presentations from both Martina McBride and Tanya Tucker. 

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Over the course of her legendary career, the famous native of Butcher Hollow, KY. amassed a staggering 51 Top 10 hits, garnered every accolade available in music from GRAMMY awards to induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame, and broke down barriers for women everywhere with songs like “Don’t Come Home a Drinkin’ (With Lovin’ on Your Mind)” and “Fist City.”

Lynn’s music and achievements were repeatedly recognized by all of the major awards bodies. She joined the Grand Ole Opry in 1962, won four GRAMMY awards, seven American Music Awards and eight Country Music Association awards. Lynn was also the first woman to win the Country Music Association and Academy of Country Music awards for Entertainer of the Year. She was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1988, the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2008, and was awarded the Kennedy Center Honors in 2003 and the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2013. She sold over 45 million albums worldwide.

The public memorial service is set to air commercial-free on Sunday, October 30th at 7p/6c, exclusively on CMT. Two additional, commercial-free encores will be shown on Wednesday, November 2nd at 8p/7c and Sunday, November 6th at 11a/10c. The special will also be made available on Paramount+ in early 2023. 

Lynn’s memorial service will be open to the general public with a limited number of tickets available.

Click HERE to register.

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Madeleine O’Connell graduated from North Central College with a bachelors degree in Journalism and Broadcast Communications before deciding to pursue her studies further at DePaul University. There, she earned her masters degree in Digital Communication & Media Arts. O’Connell served as a freelance writer for over two years while also interning with the Academy of Country Music, SiriusXM and Circle Media and assisting with Amazon Music’s Country Heat Weekly podcast. In addition to Country Now, she has been published in American Songwriter, Music Mayhem, and Holler.Country. Madeleine O’Connell is a member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.