Reba McEntire Reveals Her Favorite CMA Memory

Shared Dressing Room With Brenda Lee, Tammy Wynette and Emmylou Harris

Backstage at Monday’s (Oct. 31) rehearsals for the 50th annual CMA Awards, Reba McEntire admitted her favorite CMA Awards memory is slightly selfish.

It was the night she won her first award for female vocalist of the year in 1984. But it wasn’t necessarily the win itself.

“I was in the dressing room with a lot of different ladies I looked up to all my life — Brenda Lee, Tammy Wynette and Emmylou Harris,” she said.

“Emmylou looked at me and said, ‘Reba, good luck,’” McEntire recalled. “And I said, ‘Oh Emmylou, you, too.’ She said, ‘No, no, no. I’ve won. It’s your turn.’ And I thought, ‘Oh, how nice of her.’ And I won that night. It’s one thing I’ll never forget is her generosity and her big heart.”

The only question now is: which country legend took up the most counter space for hair and makeup that night?

McEntire continued to win the category through 1987, setting the first record of most consecutive wins for female vocalist in the organization’s history. Reigning female vocalist of the year Miranda Lambert is the only artist to beat her record with six consecutive wins.

Both McEntire and Lambert will each perform on the show, airing live from Nashville on Wednesday (Nov. 2) on ABC.

Lauren Tingle is a Tennessean and storyteller who eats music for breakfast, lunch and dinner. When she’s not writing or rocking out, she enjoys yoga and getting lost in the great outdoors.