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article imageOp-Ed: Lynn Anderson belongs in the Country Music Hall of Fame

By Markos Papadatos     Jul 20, 2019 in Music
The late country music queen Lynn Anderson deserves her place in the genre's history: an induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in next year's class of honorees.
July 30, 2019, will mark the four-year anniversary of her passing, but hopefully, the Country Music Hall of Fame will immortalize her in its Class of 2020 inductees.
With the late Dottie West posthumously inducted in last year's Country Music Hall of Fame ceremony, hopefully, that will make the transition easier for Lynn Anderson to get her due.
She was a woman of many firsts in the country music genre: Anderson was the first woman to sell out Madison Square Garden in New York City, when she headlined there in 1974, and she was the first country artist to ride a horse in Manhattan way before Big & Rich ever had the song "Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy)."
In 1974, Anderson was the first female country artist to win an American Music Award (AMA)"; moreover, Billboard Magazine named Anderson as "Artist of the Decade 1970-1980."
Anderson was a recipient of a Grammy award for "Best Country Vocal Performance, Female" in 1971 thanks to the commercial success of her signature song "Rose Garden," which catapulted her career to superstardom. Her album, singles sales, and success on the Billboard charts speak for themselves.
With her seminal Rose Garden album, she had the longest-running chart-topping album by a female country recording artist for 25 years (from 1971 to 1995), up until Canadian singer-songwriter Shania Twain came into the country music scene.
Anderson was affectionately known as the "Great Lady of Country Music," and what would the Country Music Hall of Fame be without its great lady, Lynn Anderson. Hopefully, this glaring omission will be rectified soon.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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