Shania Twain? Seriously? Where has she been all these years?” These are just a few of the questions being asked on social media sites when it was announced that Shania Twain would be the first female country singer to be awarded Artist of a Lifetime on CMT’s 7th annual “Artist of the Year” show on October 20th on CMT. So where has she been and why is she deserving of such an award?

Shania Twain met some resistance in country music.

Some fans will tell you that Twain should be awarded the Artist of a Lifetime because she was the country singer that pioneered the way for cross-over music.

Older country fans that remember Twain say that she was met with resistance as her music led the way into a whole new sound.

Her music was anything but traditional country and many found her videos and style of dress to be a bit to “racy” for the country music fans. But she found a home with both younger country fans and the pop music crowd. She had several hit songs that older country fans may remember such as, “Whose Bed Has Your Boots Been Under” and "(If You're Not in It for Love) I'm Outta Here!"

Twain released her first album in 1993 and even though she had a short lived career streak she has managed to sell over 75 million albums world-wide.

She is also a 5 time Grammy winner. Twain and her husband, music producer icon, Robert John "Mutt" Lange, moved to Switzerland in 1999.

Twain did not tour like traditional country music legends, instead she did many videos to promote her music. Those videos also met with controversy among the traditional country music fans. Many claimed she was “selling sex, not music.” Her then husband, Lange, also produced such rock legends as Foreigner and Def Leppard. That surely impacted her less than traditional country style.

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In this YouTube video, Twain even mentions the resistance her music got from country music fans:

Shania Twain has no “country tradition” or long standing, say many

The news that Shania Twain would be the first female recipient of this prestigious award rocked the country music world. Fans want to know why she was chosen, considering her short standing in country music. She is far from the iconic female artists that country music is associated with.

Some also say at the age of 40, Twain has not spent a lifetime supporting country music, only a few years.

Fans wonder why such legendary greats as Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton or Reba Macintyre have never been chosen for this award. They feel these iconic ladies of country music have given their all to country music and their fans for many, many years.

Kenny Rogers received this award in 2015 and Merle Haggard was chosen as the recipient of the Artist of a Lifetime award in 2014.

Along the same lines, fans surely thought there were other more deserving country music icons. A few names that come to mind would be Johnny Cash, George Straight and Hank Williams. It depends on just how “country” you want to be.

Kenny Rogers was not a country singer in the early days. Older fans may remember Kenny Rogers and the First Edition who performed such music as “Just Dropped in to See What Condition My Condition was In.” They were billed as country rock.

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