• Musician K.T. Oslin has died at the age of 78
  • She was the first female songwriter to win the CMA Award for Song of the Year  
  • Oslin won three Grammys during her illustrious career

Iconic country singer K.T. Oslin, known for singing the hit song “80s Ladies,” has died. She was 78.

The news of her death was confirmed by Oslin’s close pal and journalist Robert K. Oermann, Associated Press has learned. Oermann also revealed that the musician died in suburban Nashville, Tennessee on Monday morning. The journalist also stated that he received the unfortunate news from Oslin’s aunt.

However, the real cause of the singer’s death has still not been revealed.

The trailblazing country musician had been suffering from Parkinson’s disease in recent years and was living in an assisted living facility for the last four years. Oermann also revealed that she was diagnosed with COVID-19 last week.

The Academy of Country Music paid tribute to the esteemed musician by sharing a clip of her receiving the “Top Female Vocalist” award at the Country Music Association Awards in 1988.

“4x ACM Award winner K.T. Oslin, who took the world by storm with her 1987 breakout single “80’s Ladies,” has passed away. ACM, along with the Country Music community, is mourning the loss of a legend,” the organization wrote on Twitter.

Brandy Clark, the Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter, also remembered the legendary singer on Twitter and called her a “larger than life” character.

“I’ll never forget the night that I opened for Mike Reid at the Franklin Theater in 2013. My friend Robert Filhart asked if he could bring someone backstage. I didn’t know that someone was KT Oslin until she blew through the door with him like something out of a movie,” Clark wrote.

“Larger than life, smart, funny, elegant, beautiful....the list could go on and on. I quickly forgot that I was sitting there talking to one of my musical heroes and for a while was just talking to a very wise and very classy woman,” Clark added.

Oslin started her professional music career in 1981 when she came out with two singles titled “Clean Your Own Tables” and “Younger Men (Are Startin' to Catch My Eye).” Despite the poor performance of the singles, Oslin had songs recorded by Gail Davies, The Judds, and Dottie West.

In 1987, Oslin signed with RCA Records and produced some of the biggest songs of her career. The song “80s Ladies” turned out to be a massive hit and won the Grammy Award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance.

Her albums “80s Ladies” and “This Woman” both sold more than 1 million copies.

“I’ll Always Come Back,” “Do Ya,” “Two Hearts,” “Didn’t Expect It To Go Down This Way,” “Hold Me,” and “This Woman” are some of Oslin’s other big hits.

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Snger-songwriter K.T. Oslin performs in concert as part of the 9th Annual Texas Heritage Songwriters' Hall of Fame Awards Show at ACL Live on June 22, 2014 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Suzanne Cordeiro/Corbis via Getty Images) Photo by Suzanne Cordeiro/Corbis via Getty Images