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  • In this Feb. 10, 2016 file photo, Loretta Lynn poses for a photo at the Municipal Auditorium in Nashville, Tenn.  (Photo by Donn Jones/Invision/AP)

  • FILE - In this March 17, 2016, file photo, Loretta Lynn performs at the BBC Music Showcase at Stubb's during South By Southwest in Austin, Texas. Lynn will be recognized as an artist of a lifetime at the CMT Artists of the Year show on Oct. 17. (Photo by Rich Fury/Invision/AP, File)

  • This combination photo shows country music artists, top row from left, Loretta Lynn, Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert, Hillary Scott, bottom row from left, Karen Fairchild, Kimberly Schlapman, Maren Morris and Kelsea Ballerini, who will be honored at CMT's annual Artists of the Year show on Oct. 17 in Nashville, Tenn. It is the first year that CMT is honoring all female artists. (AP Photo)

Thursday, October 11, 2018 12:10 pm

Country women applaud CMT for all-female awards show

KRISTIN M. HALL | Associated Press


NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Country icon Loretta Lynn doesn't mince words when it comes to CMT's decision to honor all female artists, including herself, at its annual Artists of the Year show.

The coal miner's daughter said in a statement that it was "about dadgum time that we recognize women."

She'll be honored as an artist of a lifetime during the live television special on Oct. 17 in Nashville, Tennessee, by her friend and actress Sissy Spacek, who won an Oscar for portraying her in the hit biopic.

CMT will also be honoring Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert, Kimberly Schlapman and Karen Fairchild of Little Big Town, Hillary Scott of Lady Antebellum, Maren Morris and Kelsea Ballerini.