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The Heartfelt Loretta Lynn Tribute

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“There are a lot of talented women in this room tonight, but I think we can all agree — including myself — that none of us would be here if not for Loretta Lynn,” Miranda Lambert said as she was getting ready to introduce a tribute and then present the CMT Artist of a Lifetime honor to Loretta Lynn.

But as Lambert started to run the numbers on Lynn’s career, with hit songs, albums sold, and honors received, she admitted it wasn’t possible. “We don’t have time tonight to talk about her accomplishments and accolades,” she said. “She blazed a trail, and showed us all how it’s done.

“She showed us how to pursue our dreams and speak our minds.”

After that, Lynn’s impact on country music came through loud and clear when Martina McBride took the stage in a full, floor-length gown that looked like it came straight from Lynn’s wardrobe case, and belted out Lynn’s “You Ain’t Woman Enough (To Take My Man).”

Sheryl Crow and Dierks Bentley joined in next, singing Lynn’s famous duet with Conway Twitty, “Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man.”

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