Reba McEntire Cries Tears Of Happiness As She Accepts CMT Artist Of A Lifetime Award And Gives An Emotional Speech That Left No One Indifferent

Date October 18, 2019 12:58

Reba McEntire has added a CMT Artist of a Lifetime award to her already crowded trophy case. The Oklahoma-born country music legend was recently named as just the fifth recipient of the Ram trucks-sponsored award.

Reba's tearful speech

During her tearful speech, the woman emphasized the importance of community, family and friendship.

"I've been in this business for 43 years. I've loved every -- no -- almost every minute of it,"

- McEntire laughingly reflected as she held her trophy.

She went on to say:

“I want to thank everybody in this room. I know most of you, and you’ve had a lot to do with my career. I appreciate the lessons, the patience – not everybody was patient with me, but the ones who were, I appreciate that very much.”

The legendary singer could not hide her emotions as she accepted the honor, and her speech became slightly tearful as she thanked fellow honoree Thomas Rhett for using his time at the podium to lead the audience in prayer for Brown’s longtime drummer, Kenny Dixon, who died in a car accident.

McEntire was celebrated with a special performance by Lady Antebellum and Sam Hunt, who covered her songs “Is There Life Out There” and “Fancy,” respectively. Longtime friend Vince Gill, meanwhile, presented McEntire her trophy, explaining that more than an artist of a lifetime, McEntire is “a friend of a lifetime.”

Elsewhere in her speech, McEntire reminisced about old days and the road dog hours she logged alongside Vince Gill:

"Vince and I, we put lots of miles on buses, on planes, golf carts, had fun together, and that's what this business is all about: the people we get to learn from but get to know."I'm very blessed to have so many friends,"

The country star concluded:

" I love this business. I love country music. It’s fun. I love the competition and I love y’all. Thank you very much for this. I love my family, my friends. You all are super, thank you all so much!”

Reba McEntire has been in music business for more than 40 years. She dedicated her life to the stage and she still works hard at this level of her career. The event served as a night to honor some of the biggest country acts of 2019, but it also proved to be a family reunion of sorts.

The emotional speeches moved people to tears and we are so glad to see Reba happy! She deserved the honor more than anyone else and it's great she got it.