The spirits of country music fans continued to get beaten down in 2020 wiof another musicon's passingcon. K.T. Oslin passed away at the age of 78. She was famously known for her hit song, "80's Ladies." A week before her death, Oslin had been diagnosed with COVID-19. A cause of death has yet to be announced.
Sarah Trahern, the CEO of Country Music Association, put out a statement following her death. She noted Oslin for having "one of the most soulful voices in country music and was a strong influencer for women." Oslin also broke down barriers when she became the first woman to win for Song of the Year at the CMA Awards in 1988. The statement continued, "She truly had one of the best voices in the history of our format. Our thoughts go out to her loved ones at this difficult time."
Over her career, Oslin put out six albums between 1987 and 2015. She certainly left an imprint on the world of country music, as evidenced by the number of tributes that poured in across social media shortly after her loss. Among the celebrities to put out messages were country singer Travis Tritt and Chely Wright.
RIP KT Oslin. What an incredible voice. #KTOslin— Anthony Spencer (@dr_spencer) December 22, 2020
just when we thought 2020 couldn’t get any worse, KT Oslin dies. i have no words.— kAli 🌟 (@kaliiialeaseee) December 21, 2020
KT Olsin was me of those country queens I loved. I played her music a lot in my radio days. Rest peacefully lady💔🙏🏼❤️ pic.twitter.com/OTuZj8S0Gz— Dean Wallingford (@DeanDeanrw2) December 21, 2020
And now KT Olsin. #RIP Eighties Lady. 2020 can stop anytime now. 😟— Tristie Read (@TristieRead) December 21, 2020
Move over everything on Twitter tonight, the one & the ONLY— mike hurrell (@onfloridatime) December 21, 2020
K.T. Olsin is gone and country music won’t ever find another like her.
Thanks for all your stories Kay Toinette Olsin. Will miss you 💔 #KTOslin #countrymusic #storyteller #80sladies #USA #music
Grew up listening to K.T Olsin tunes with my Mom snd Sister. May she Rest In Peace. https://t.co/AV3NHB4F9A— Lauren W. (@SweetSweetLos) December 21, 2020