Loretta Lynn Tops AMA Honors

Loretta Lynn picked up two major honors at the Americana Honors & Awards, presented last night (Sept. 24) in Nashville. Lynn was named artist of the year, and her "Van Lear Rose" (Interscope) won

Loretta Lynn picked up two major honors at the Americana Honors & Awards, presented last night (Sept. 24) in Nashville. Lynn was named artist of the year, and her "Van Lear Rose" (Interscope) won album of the year.

Other winners included Mindy Smith, who was named new/emergent artist of the year, and Rodney Crowell, who won song of the year for "Fate's Right Hand."

Lifetime achievement honors went to the late Jack Emerson (executive), Chris Hillman (performer) and Cowboy Jack Clement (songwriter).

The awards, organized by the Americana Music Assn., were presented as the culmination of the group's annual conference.

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