Loretta Lynn, American Music Star, Dies at 90

Loretta Lynn, the beloved country music icon who rose from humble beginnings in Kentucky to become one of the nation’s most celebrated singers, has died at age 90.

Lynn’s family announced her passing on Twitter Tuesday.

The singer was born Loretta Webb on April 14, 1932 in Butcher Hollow, Kentucky. “I’m always making Butcher Hollow sound like it’s the most backward part of the United States — and I think maybe it is,” Loretta wrote in her autobiography.

Beyond the dramatic particulars of her life, Lynn, who recorded 16 No. 1 country singles and won three Grammy Awards, was among music’s groundbreaking female singers.

She became one of the industry’s brightest luminaries in an era when men dominated country music—and she wrote much of her hit material herself! She was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1988—the same year she received an Oscar nomination for “Coal Miner’s Daughter.”

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