For the last forty-plus years, Reba McEntire has been an indomitable force in entertainment.
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She’s conquered music, movies, television, the stage, Vegas, and even has her own clothing and home goods lines.
More than once we’ve asked ourselves, “How does she do it?” CMT’s Katie Cook got the answer in a recent chat with Reba for CMT Hot 20 Countdown, where the two talked about what keeps the country icon motivated and inspired.
“Curiosity,” the recent Kennedy Center honoree told Cook.
“When I once in a while think of something and it materializes, it’s just like a gift from God. That idea came to me from a Higher Power. And I feel very blessed and thankful and grateful to get to do and watch it grow and become something from a little seed to a huge tree.”
So many of McEntire’s ideas and dreams have materialized over the years and culminated in not just an enviable career, but an empire and a legacy.
But after 40-plus years of accolades and achievements, do not expect her to slow down.
“I love to be busy, I love to stay creative,” she added.
And busy is an understatement for our favorite redhead. Next month, McEntire will return to host the 54th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas, which airs April 7.
She also recently announced a brand new album: Stronger Than the Truth, which drops two days before the ACMs on April 5.
Catch the full interview with McEntire this weekend on CMT’s Hot 20 Countdown, which airs Saturday and Sunday morning at 9/8 CT.