Although the Kennedy Center Honors took place in early December, the public was able to enjoy the pomp and circumstance of the event when it was televised on December 26. And country music fans were able to enjoy the music and magic of Reba McEntire as it was performed by some of her dearest friends, including longtime pals, Lady Antebellum.
Of course, Reba’s relationship with Lady Antebellum is almost familial. At one time, the singer, songwriter, television, movie, and stage star toured with Linda Davis, the mother of Lady A’s Hillary Scott, as her background singer. So, when the trio took the stage to honor their mentor, it was obviously emotional for Reba and them.
It also seemed appropriate that they kicked off their medley of Reba hits with Hillary taking the lead on the auto-biographical feeling “Is There Life Out There.” With images of the fiery redhead flashing on screens behind them, they transitioned into Charles Kelley performing the tender “The Greatest Man I Never Knew.”
With her eyes sparkling, to no one’s surprise, Reba led the audience in a standing ovation for the award-winning trio.
Reba was one of four entertainers to receive a Kennedy Center Honor. In addition to the country star, singer and actress Cher, composer and pianist Phillip Glass, and composer and saxophonist Wayne Shorter were recipients.
The Kennedy Center also recognized the co-creators of the hit Broadway play “Hamilton” as “trailblazing creators of a transformative work that defies category.’
Congratulations to all of the honorees.