Loretta Lynn To Receive Johnny Cash Award

NASHVILLE, TN (AP) — Just a few days before her 70th birthday, Loretta Lynn will receive the CMT Johnny Cash Visionary Award.

The award recognizes an artist's musical vision, innovative music videos and pioneering initiatives. It was originally known as the Video Visionary Award but was renamed in honor of Cash last year.

Lynn will be honored April 11 during the live broadcast of the CMT 2005 Music Awards, hosted by comedian Jeff Foxworthy. Nominees for other CMT awards will be announced March 16.

Much like the namesake of the Cash award, Lynn reached a critical peak late in her career.

She turns 70 on April 14, but she won two Grammy awards last month for her album, "Van Lear Rose," a collaboration with White Stripes frontman Jack White. The album, named on many critics' Top 10 lists in 2004, featured 13 songs written by Lynn.

Lynn and White appeared in recent music videos for the songs "Portland, Oregon" and "Miss Being Mrs."

Lynn has released 70 albums and had 24 No. 1 singles, including "You Ain't Woman Enough (To Take My Man)," "Don't Come Home A'Drinkin' (With Lovin' On Your Mind)," and her signature song, "Coal Miner's Daughter."

The Dixie Chicks won the first CMT Visionary Award in 2002. Cash won the award in 2003, and Reba McEntire was honored last year.

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