1972: Loretta Lynn becomes the first woman to win Entertainer of the Year at the CMA Awards


Loretta Lynn won the award following the release of her album “Here I Am,” and the #1 hit singles “Coal Miner’s Daughter” and “Don’t Come Home A’Drinkin’.” She remained the only woman to be named Entertainer of the Year until Dolly Parton received the honor in 1978.