Probably, one of the most memorable Country Music Television (CMT) edition was the concluded 2018 CMT Awards show. It made history as it honored and celebrated the talented women of country music. In fact, all eight Artists of the Year honorees were all women. This year’s honorees include Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert, Kelsea Ballerini, and Maren Morris. In addition, Karen Fairchild and Kimberly Schlapman of Little Big Town and Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott were also a part of the selected honorees. However, it was “The Coal Miner’s Daughter” Loretta Lynn who bagged home the Artist of a Lifetime Award.

As for Lynn, she had planned to attend the awards show but backed out just a few hours before due to illness. On her official Facebook page, she expressed why she cannot come to the said event:

“Leave it to me to and get sick on the very night all my friends are getting together to honor me at the CMT Award Show as their Artist of a Lifetime. I can’t believe that I’m not gonna be there tonight in person, but I am watching and I’m there in spirit!”

Here is her complete post on October 18:

Sissy Spacek Accepts the Award On Behalf of Loretta

With her not attending the award, Loretta sent actress and her good friend Sissy Spacek to accept the award on her behalf. As you might know, Spacek played Loretta in the 1980 movie, Coal Miner’s Daughter.

Standing gladly on stage, Spacek shared her joy knowing and meeting Loretta and what kind of a person the country legend is.

“I love playing Loretta in Coal Miner’s Daughter. I just loved being her. I had the band, I had the bus, I had the clothes. But I think we can all agree, there’s only one Loretta Lynn. She’s so sorry she couldn’t be here tonight. She’s a little under the weather. I saw her earlier today and she was so excited about this award.”

She paused, then continued and said:

“From the moment we met, she’s been my cheerleader, my sister, my best friend.”

Fighting back her tears, Spacek shared the special friendship she has with Loretta.

“And, it’s still like that almost 40 years later. It’s my honor to accept her award. Well done, Loretta. Well done.”

Watch Sissy Spacek accept Loretta’s award and share her thoughts about the honoree: