Loretta Lynn's prolific country music career has spanned over five decades, and she is now being honored for her work by the Tennessee Arts Commission.

The statewide organization is presenting Lynn with a Distinguished Artist Award, which is given to Tennessee artists "of exceptional talent and creativity" who have influenced the arts community on both a state and national level, The Tennessean reports. Awards are given to individuals who demonstrate remarkable drive and leave an indelible on the artistic landscape.

Lynn will be honored alongside the other winners, including gospel artist Dr. Bobby Jones and opera singer Mary Costa, at the Governor's mansion on March 17. The ceremony will honor the hard work and talent of Tennessee artists whose work has improved the state and nation as a whole.

The country legend has been the recipient of numerous awards in her lifetime, including the Country Music Association Award for Entertainer of the Year in 1972 and a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010. She will also be inducted into the Austin City Limits Hall of Fame this June.

Lynn, now 82, has had a rich and vibrant career, and she is widely hailed as one of the greatest singers in country music history. She has released 60 albums and sold over 45 million copies worldwide. Renowned for her songs such as "Coal Miners Daughter," "Louisiana Woman Mississippi Man," "Out of my Head and Back in My Bed," and "I'm a Honky Tonk Girl," Lynn's remarkable voice and unparalleled talent set the bar for country music incredibly high. Legendary songs like these helped cement her status as one of country music's greatest performers.

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