Loretta Lynn will be presented with a special honor at the 2019 Nashville Songwriter Awards, set for September 17th at the Ryman Auditorium. The event is hosted by Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI).
Country Music Hall of Fame member Lynn, who will also be celebrated by peers and artists she influenced at an all-star birthday concert this year, will receive the Kris Kristofferson Lifetime Achievement Award, the night’s biggest honor. The award was first presented to Willie Nelson in 2013. Singer-songwriter Bill Anderson was the recipient at the inaugural Nashville Songwriter Awards, which were held in 2018. Additional honors to be announced at the Awards include Song of the Year, Songwriter of the Year, Songwriter-Artist of the Year and the songwriter member-voted 10 Songs I Wish I’d Written. United States Senator Lamar Alexander will be presented with the organization’s White Hat Award, an honor conferred on someone who has “significantly served the American songwriting community,” according to NSAI.
Winners in 2018 included Lanco singer Brandon Lancaster (Songwriter-Artist of the Year), Ashley Gorley (Songwriter of the Year) and the Blake Shelton hit “I’ll Name the Dogs” (Song of the Year). In the 10 Songs category, winners included Chris Stapleton’s “Broken Halos” and Maren Morris’ “I Could Use a Love Song.”
Lynn turns 87 in April and will celebrate the occasion with an all-star tribute concert on April 1st. The lineup features performers from virtually every recent era of country music and beyond, including George Strait, Margo Price, Jack White, Trisha Yearwood, Garth Brooks and Miranda Lambert. Tickets for that event are on sale now.