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The 2021 CMT Music Awards Will Honor Linda Martell

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‘Good in the Wood Wednesday! This week, we’re looking at Black country music star Linda Martell, who will receive CMT’s 2021 Equal Play Award at tonight’s CMT Music Awards.

As one of the first successful Black female country singers, she’s influenced the careers of many artists of color in the country music scene.A post shared by CMT (@cmt)Linda Martell was born on June 4th, 1941, in South Carolina.

Growing up, she spent her time singing gospel music and listening to country and R&B. As a teenager, she formed a singing group with her family called Linda Martell and the Anglos. When the group broke up a couple of years later, Linda was discovered while singing on a South Carolina Air Force Base.

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