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The 2022 CMA Awards Pay Tribute to Loretta Lynn

The passing of country music legend Loretta Lynn shook Nashville to its core. The perfect chance to honor her came last night at the 56th annual CMA Awards. Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert, and Reba McEntire participated in the beautiful opening performance. The women sang a medley of Lynn's most beloved songs. Later in the night, Carly Pearce gave her own tribute to her fellow Kentucky native.

Underwood started off the performance with one of Lynn's hit songs, "Ain't Woman Enough To Take My Man." This wasn't the first time Underwood sang the iconic song on television. She included that song in her performance honoring the women of country music at the 2020 CMA Awards. As always, Underwood delivered a show-stopping rendition with her signature vocals.

Lambert was the next to perform. The superstar added her own flare to "Don't Come Home A Drinkin'" all while containing the essence of Lynn. Lambert's outfit also paid tribute to Lynn due to its fringe and old-school country style. With every line she sang, Lambert did Lynn justice.

McEntire came onto the stage with an energy that excited the crowd. McEntire sang "You're Looking At Country," a song that became an anthem for so many who love the genre. The three women then came together to sing Lynn's most popular tune, "Coal Miner's Daughter." When thinking of Lynn, this song always comes to mind. The harmony of Underwood, Lambert, and McEntire surely made the icon proud.

Pearce's solo performance came later on in the show. Her 2021 album 29: Written In Stone included a song titled "Dear Miss Loretta." Pearce wrote that song at a time when she could connect with Lynn's music like never before. The song is a true love letter to a woman Pearce had always looked up to. When Pearce sang, "I ain't a coal miner's daughter, but i've sung it all my life / I ain't been a widow, but I've been an ex-wife," it's easy to see how Lynn impacted her.

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