Reba McEntire Receives Nash Icon Award at 2014 American Country Countdown Awards [WATCH]
McEntire was given the award by her good friend, Kix Brooks.
"This great lady, the one and only Reba, has had No. 1 hits in four decades, which is nearly miraculous for a 39-year-old," he joked from stage. "Tonight, at our first American Country Countdown Awards, we present our first-ever Nash Icon to this amazing artist, who has brightened up our airwaves forever.
"I know you country music fans have really high standards when it comes to the artists you support," he continued. "There is just no fooling you guys when it comes to integrity and sincerity, and most importantly that God-given talent. I gotta tell you, as somebody who has toured and recorded and sat around living rooms playing music with her, let me tell you, Reba has all of these qualities, and then some. And she's become one of the lasting success stories forever in country music history. Year after year, she continues to connect the songs and her fans like nobody else."
Brooks also brought up McEntire's father, who passed away earlier this year.
"Sadly, not long ago, I made the trip to Oklahoma for Reba's father, Clark McEntire's funeral," he said. "And I gotta tell you, sitting at that celebration of her dad's life, it struck me that Reba's roots run deep. Everything that she has ever gotten, it was clear to me that she has earned it.
"Tonight, you have more than earned this," Brooks concluded. "And to pay tribute, we've got a couple of other superstars who love you and who know you pretty well."
The 59-year-old was honored with a tribute by daughter-in-law Kelly Clarkson and Miranda Lambert, who performed a duet of 'How Blue,' 'Take It Back' and 'Fancy,' with McEntire joining them on the latter song.
"Thank you to the American Country Countdown Awards," McEntire said while accepting her award. "This is a very special honor, and it sure means the world to me to be thought of as a valued member of the country music family. I feel very blessed to still be making country music and sharing it with the people in America and around the world who love it as much as I do.
"And standing here tonight in Nashville, I think back to what it was like to be one of the new kids in town, trying to make my name in country music," she continued, as tears filled her eyes. "So as I look around the room at all the talented men and women doing such great work in country music today, I pray you have the chance to live a whole beautiful life making music for the people who give us the greatest job in the world, our fans. And as Kix said, in music, as in life, it's all about connecting with people. I feel so thankful to have made such a deep and lasting connection with all of you.
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