Miranda Lambert provided the high spot of the evening at the 2015 ACM Honors, performing a sassy tribute to Loretta Lynn that drew from her own headline-making life at the time.
Lambert performed “Rated X,” a Lynn song that created controversy in its time due to its theme of a woman who finds freedom after her divorce: “Well if you’ve been a married woman and things didn’t seem to work out / Divorce is the key to bein’ loose and free so you’re gonna be talked about / Everybody knows that you’ve loved once so they think you’ll love again / You can’t have a male friend when you’re a hasbeen or a woman that’s rated X.”
Afterward, she presented Lynn with the Crystal Milestone Award.
“Thank you, Miss Loretta, for that song, and being so brave, and paving the way for me to stand up here and sing a song like that. She sang songs that were not necessarily appropriate at times, like this for me,” Lambert quipped in an oblique reference to her own divorce, which was fresh news at the time (quote via The Boot). “I’m glad to be here singing for my friend.”
The then-83-year-old country legend hadn’t lost her sense of humor, quipping: “I just thought I’d drop in to see if Miranda was keeping it country.”
“I want to thank you all for the award, and I’ll be back next year for another one,” Lynn added.
Other highlights of the ceremony included emotional speeches from Luke Bryan, who won the Gene Weed Special Achievement Award, and Alabama singer Randy Owen, who accepted the Career Achievement Award with his bandmates, Teddy Gentry and Jeff Cook. Jason Aldean performed a medley of Alabama’s greatest hits before presenting them with the award, and Holly Williams performed Eric Church‘s “Like Jesus Does” before presenting him with the Jim Reeves International Award.
Loretta Lynn died on Oct. 4, 2022 at the age of 90. She went peacefully in her sleep, per her family.
5 Banned Songs by Loretta Lynn
Loretta Lynn — the Queen of Country Music — died on October 4, 2022, but she leaves behind an incomparable legacy of music. Lynn wasn’t afraid to push the boundaries of the conservative country music of her time and write about what she truly felt. On some occasions, country fans and radio balked at her raw songwriting. Many of her songs were labeled “controversial” and some of them were even banned from airplay. However, Lynn managed to gain fans and have a successful career through her honest music, and she paved the way for other artists to do the same. Here are 5 of Loretta Lynn’s most controversial songs.