Tammy Wynette to Receive Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award

The renewed attention continues to roll in for country music legend Tammy Wynette as she experiences a revitalization of interest in her important career. In late 2022, the Showtime limited series George & Tammy about the tumultuous relationship between George Jones and Tammy Wynette received massive audiences and rave reviews, causing many to reconsider Wynette’s catalog, and younger listeners to discover it for the first time. Jessica Chastain received an Emmy nomination for her role as Wynette.

Now Tammy Wynette will be one of the 2024 recipients of the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. Announced on Friday, January 5th, Wynette will be honored with Gladys Knight, Donna Summer, the Clark Sisters, Laurie Anderson, and N.W.A. as Lifetime Achievement recipients. Wynette will receive the award during “Grammy Week” on February 3rd at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre as part of the Special Merit Awards Ceremony.

Tammy Wynette earned the moniker of “The First Lady of Country Music” by becoming the first woman in country music to sell over one million albums. When Wynette released her signature single “Stand By Your Man” in 1968, it sold more than five million copies and became the largest-selling single ever recorded by a woman in country. She was the Country Music Association’s Female Vocalist of the Year from 1968 to 1970, and won two Grammy Awards as well.

Overall, Tammy Wynette sold more than 30 million records, grossing more than $100 million in sales, making her synonymous with country music. Though “Stand By You Man” might be her most identifiable song, Wynette often put the struggles of women into her music with songs like “D-I-V-O-R-C-E,” “Your Good Girl’s Gonna Go Bad,” and “Run Woman Run.” Wynette secured seventeen #1 songs overall.

Tammy Wynette was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1998, the same years she passed away at the age of 55 on April 6th. Wynette had suffered from a lifetime of health problems, which some credit for helping her put such incredible pain into so many of her performances.

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