Remember When Alan Jackson and Lee Ann Womack Paid Tribute To Loretta Lynn At The Ryman?

Lee Ann Womack, Alan Jackson; Photo by Getty Images for ACM
Lee Ann Womack, Alan Jackson; Photo by Getty Images for ACM 1
Lee Ann Womack, Alan Jackson; Photo by Getty Images for ACM 1

Lee Ann Womack and Alan Jackson joined forces at the 14th ACM Honors ceremony to honor the great Loretta Lynn. 

In August of 2021, the country superstars took to the famed Ryman Auditorium Stage in Nashville to honor Lynn, who was the recipient of the ACM Poet’s Award alongside Gretchen Peters and Curly Putman. 

The pair performed “Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man,” Lynn’s iconic duet with Conway Twitty.

Written by Jim Owen and Becki Bluefield, “Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man,” served as the first single and title track of their album. The track held the number one spot on the Billboard country chart for an impressive 13 weeks. 

Womack and Jackson flawlessly traded verses of the iconic duet, delivering a tribute fit for the country music legend. 

Lynn was not in attendance, however, she did thank fans via a special audio message during the event as well as in a Tweet following the show.

“And it’s our absolute pleasure to present the ACM Poets Award to Miss Loretta Lynn,” Womack told the capacity crowd before a special message from Lynn played over the sound system.

“Hello everybody, this is Loretta Lynn, thank you ACM for giving me the Poet Award. I love you and that’s the greatest award I can get,” Lynn said in a virtual message during the ACM Honors ceremony.

After the show, the “Coal Miner’s Daughter” singer expressed her appreciation for the honor on Twitter writing, “It’s such a huge honor to me to receive the Poet’s Award from @ACMawards tonight at the #ACMHonors show at the Ryman. Thank y’all so much.” The tweet was shared alongside hashtags: #StillWomanEnough #NeverRetire.

Country music icon and Grand Ole Opry member, Loretta Lynn died at the age of 90 years old at her home in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee in the early morning hours of Tuesday, October 4. 

Hours after Lynn’s passing, her family shared the following statement.

“Our precious mom, Loretta Lynn, passed away peacefully this morning, October 4th, in her sleep at home at her beloved ranch in Hurricane Mills,” the Lynn family said. 

Lynn, who was born on April 14, 1932 in Butcher Hollow, Kentucky, is known as the Queen of Country Music after forging a path as a singer, songwriter, and entertainer while balancing her role as a wife and mother. 

Over the course of her iconic 60-year career, Lynn earned a staggering 51 Top 10 hits and 16 No.1 hits to her name, including  “Coal Miner’s Daughter,” “Fist City” and “Don’t Come Home A’ Drinkin’ (With Lovin’ on Your Mind).” She has also sold over 45 million albums worldwide.

Loretta Lynn; Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images
Loretta Lynn; Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images

Lynn has also garnered every accolade available in music from GRAMMY awards to induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame. She has won four GRAMMY awards, seven American Music Awards and eight Country Music Association awards. She was the first woman to ever 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.

Lynn’s death comes just days after she celebrated her 60th anniversary as a member of the Grand Ole Opry. She joined the Grand Ole Opry in 1962.

Loretta Lynn; Photo Courtesy Grand Ole Opry
Loretta Lynn; Photo Courtesy Grand Ole Opry

Lynn was pre-deceased by her husband of 48 years Oliver Vanetta “Doolittle” Lynn, her daughter Betty Sue Lynn and son Jack Benny Lynn. 

The legendary country singer is survived by her daughters Patsy Lynn Russell, Peggy Lynn, Clara (Cissie) Marie Lynn and her son Ernest Ray Lynn as well as grandchildren Lori Lynn Smith, Ethan Lyell, Elizabeth Braun, Tayla Lynn, Jack Lynn, Ernest Ray Lynn Jr., Katherine Condya, Alexandria Lynn, Jasyntha Connelly, Megan Horkins, Anthony Brutto, Jason Lynn, Wesley Lynn, Levi Lynn, Emmy Rose Russell, David Russell, Lucca Marchetti and step grandchildren David Greer, Jennafer Russell, Melody Russell and Natalie Rapp, and her great-grandchildren. 

In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to be made to the Loretta Lynn Foundation. Information about a memorial service/celebration of life will be made available at a later date. For more information, visit LorettaLynn.com.