Whip out the cake and candles. We’re celebrating an anniversary. On Tuesday, September 25th, country music star Loretta Lynn will be celebrating her 50th anniversary as a member of the world’s longest live radio program, the Grand Ole Opry. Following its first airing on November 28, 1925, the Opry has been held every weekend since, and for the last 50 years, Lynn has been one of its proudest members.
The Opry stage will be graced by the likes of Miranda Lambert, Lee Ann Womack, Trace Adkins, Pistol Annies, Lynn’s sister Crystal Gayle and of course the woman of honor herself. Loretta, 80, first began her illustrious affair with the Opry on September 25, 1962. Lynn stepped on stage in the Ryman Auditorium and sang her debut single, “I’m a Honky Tonk Girl.” Since then, she has made the Opry family proud with no small amount of accomplishments. Lynn boasts three Grammy awards, eight CMA awards, CMA Entertainer of the Year award for 1972, induction into the Country Music and Songwriters Hall of Fame and a title as one of the most iconic figures in country music. She must have one hell of a trophy case.