In her splendid, sparkling dress, Loretta Lynn looked like royalty as she shu
ffled through a media room Monday night at the Loews Vanderbilt Hotel.

  Marty Stuart thought for a moment before determining that royalty wasn’t really an apt descriptor of Lynn. Royals are so designated because of birthright, while Lynn’s ascent to fame had to do with hard work and good songs.

“She truly is an American folk hero,” Stuart said. “She’s the personification of the American dream.”

Lynn was among a diverse group of Nashville music-makers who gathered at the hotel for a gala dinner and ceremony. The occasion was Nashville’s Recording Academy Honors, and the “Coal Miner’s Daughter” was cheered along with three other honorees: the Fisk Jubilee Singers, superstar country act Rascal Flatts and contemporary Christian band Jars of Clay.

Actress Andie MacDowell served as host for the evening, which featured performances from the Jubilee Singers, Tanya Tucker, Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds and Sara Groves.

Tucker acknowledged Lynn’s museum full of awards and said, “She still doesn’t get enough. I can’t imagine country music without her.”