LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) _ Add an honorary doctorate to the accolades for the Coal Miner's Daughter.

Loretta Lynn, whose country music reflected her eastern Kentucky childhood, was awarded an honorary doctor of arts degree Saturday from the University of Kentucky.

Lynn, 66, didn't attend the ceremony because of an illness. Her brother accepted the award for her.

James Holsinger Jr., the university's senior vice president, called Lynn ``a traveling ambassador for both the entertainment world and the state of Kentucky.''

Lynn was born in rural Johnson County. Her rise to fame was chronicled in the 1980 film, ``Coal Miner's Daughter.''

Lynn's career includes 53 top-10 country music singles and 16 No. 1 country albums. Her latest album is ``Still Country.''