Looking frail but still speaking with characteristic wit and charisma, the iconic singer Loretta Lynn surprised an excited crowd on Sunday night in Nashville when she appeared at the Country Music Hall of Fame induction ceremony.
The singer, who suffered a stroke in May, presented at the behest of superstar Alan Jackson, who was inducted. By tradition, new inductees are introduced by fellow Hall of Fame members; Lynn, 85, is part of that club.
"The first time I ever met Alan, he looked like a scared little boy," Lynn said after being led to the podium by Jackson. "He was practicing backstage, going through his songs, and I remember I looked at him and said, 'You're going to be one of the greatest singers in country music.' He hasn't let me down."