Often referred to as “The Queen of Country,” Reba McEntire was born in 1955 in Kiowa, Oklahoma. As a child, she was taught by her mother, who had aspired once to become a country singer herself, to sing. Along with her siblings, Reba was a part of the Singing McEntires, before attending Southeastern Oklahoma State University. There, she sang locally and was hired to perform the national anthem at the National Rodeo in Oklahoma City. Red Steagall, a country artist who was also performing on that day, was impressed with McEntire’s singing abilities and helped her start her career in Nashville, kick starting what would become a successful career for her. McEntire began with Mercury Records, before moving on to MCA Nashville Records in the mid-80s. In 1986, she was invited to become a member of the Grand Ole Opry.
Throughout her career, McEntire has released just under thirty studio albums, in addition to live, compilation and video albums. On those albums, she has released nearly one hundred singles, including thirty-five Number One hits. These hits have included “Can’t Even Get the Blues,” “You’re the First Time I’ve Thought about Leaving,” “How Blue,” “The Last One to Know,” “You Lie,” “Is there Life out There,” “The Heart Won’t Lie,” “The Heart is a Lonely Hunter,” “How Was I to Know,” “Consider Me Gone” and, most recently “Turn on the Radio.”
With over ninety awards to her name, Reba McEntire has won at least one award every year from 1984 to the present. She has awards and nominations from the Billboard Music Awards, the Golden Globe Awards, Music City Awards, People’s Choice Awards, American Music Awards, Country Music Association Awards, Academy of Country Music Awards, the Grammys and the American Country Awards. She has also been nominated for an award at the Canadian Country Music Awards and won three awards from the British and the French Country Music Awards.
McEntire has won two Grammys, in 1987 for Best Female Country Vocal Performance and in 1994 for Best Country Collaboration with Vocals with Vince Gill on “The Heart Won’t Lie.” Along with becoming a member of the Grand Ole Opry in 1986, McEntire was also inducted into the Oklahoma hall of Fame in 1998.
In addition to her career as a country artist, McEntire has appeared in a variety of films and television shows. In 1990 she was nominated for the Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in the film Tremors. She has also appeared in North, The Little Rascals and One Night at McCool’s. In 2001, her show Reba aired. For the show, she was given a People’s Choice Award for Favorite Female Performer in a New Television Show and was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Television Series Musical or Comedy. She has also appeared in the shows Evening Shade, Diagnosis: Murder and Hercules. In 2012, she began starring in the show Malibu Country on ABC.
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