Faith Hill fights back tears.

Following the passing of her close friend Loretta Lynn on October 4th, Faith Hill had a hard time holding back her tears as she paid respect to the late country music artist.

At the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, the 1883 star’s husband Tim McGraw joined her on stage to honor Loretta’s remarkable life. Loretta passed away in her sleep at the age of 90 at her home in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee.

At CMT’s Coal Miner’s Daughter: A Celebration of the Life & Music of Loretta Lynn, which aired on Sunday, a star-studded throng came to remember the late singer.

Faith struggled to hold back tears several times during her speech as she talked about Loretta and their friendship, and her husband comforted her.

We are honored and grateful to be here, not far from the beginning of our cherished friendship, she continued. “And to honor this exceptional woman and her wonderful life.

“Loretta was blatantly honest about the challenges and rewards of being a wife and mother. She sang about love, lying, cheating, having babies, and not having babies.”

Faith persisted. She was fearless and incredibly proud of who she was her background, and the way she lived her life. She didn’t just push the envelope for women in country music; she destroyed it.

She offered us this daring new room to discover our own paths to dream and soar into the music we create, the careers we have, and the lives we lead. She was always good to us all, friendly, and helpful. Everyone in this room is capable of sharing a story. She was hilarious and incredibly wise.

Faith said, choking back her tears, “I am privileged to have been in your company, Loretta. I am appreciative of the numerous memories I have with you.

“I am proud to have the opportunity to follow you down the artistic route you created for all of us. I am proud to be a woman in country music.