Lynn Rene Anderson (born September 26, 1947) is a multi-award-winning American country music singer known for a string of hits throughout the 1970s and 1980s, most notably her country-pop, worldwide mega-hit "(I Never Promised You a) Rose Garden." Helped by her regular exposure on national television, Anderson was one of the most popular and successful female country singers of the 1970s. In addition to being named "Top Female Vocalist" by the Academy of Country Music twice, "Female Vocalist of the Year" by the Country Music Association, and winning a Grammy Award, Anderson has charted 11 No. 1, 18 Top-10, and more than 50 Top-40 hits. She was the first female country artist to win an American Music Award in 1974, as well as the first to headline and sellout Madison Square Garden that same year. Anderson was named Record World Magazine's and Billboard Magazine's Female Artist of the Decade (1970–1980).Anderson debuted in 1966, at the age of 19, and had her first major hit with Ride, Ride, Ride. After a series of Top 10 hit singles on the country charts during the late 1960s, Anderson went on to sign with Columbia Records in 1970. Under Columbia, she had her most successful string of hits. Her signature song, "(I Never Promised You a) Rose Garden," remains one of the biggest selling country crossover hits of all time. In addition to being a mega country hit, the song also went to No. 3 on the Billboard Pop Chart. CMT ranks "(I Never Promised You a) Rose Garden" at No. 83 on its list of the "100 Greatest Songs in Country Music History".