NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Singer-songwriter K.T. Oslin has died at the age of 78.
The Country Music Association called Oslin, who died Monday, "one of the most iconic and defining voices in Country Music."
Music Row Magazine reported that Oslin, who had been living in an assisted living facility since 2016, was diagnosed with COVID-19 last week, but it's unclear at this time if that was a contributing factor in her death. She was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2015.
The three-time Grammy winner is perhaps best-known for her hits "80's Ladies," "Do Ya" and "I'll Always Come Back." Oslin was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2018.
“K.T. Oslin had one of the most soulful voices in Country Music and was a strong influence for women with her hit ‘80's Ladies’. I was fortunate to work with K.T. on a number of television shows in the late 90s. She was always gracious to the crews and up-and-coming talent performing alongside her. 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," said Sarah Trahern, Country Music Association CEO.
Several artists have posted tributes to her on social media:
Rest In Peace "Eighties Lady" KT Oslin.... another country singer goes home... pic.twitter.com/Fc6wG9dIx6— The Oak Ridge Boys (@oakridgeboys) December 21, 2020
I'm just heartbroken to hear that KT Oslin has died. She said yes to a benefit for @ppmet that I hosted annually, when no one else would do it. She was funny and smart and irreverent as hell. And we sang Bye Bye Love to each other at the end and it was bliss. Godspeed KT.— Gretchen Peters (@gretchenpeters) December 21, 2020