Reba McEntire Is Officially A Kennedy Center Honoree— “This Moves Me Beyond Words”

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Reba and a very prestigious class of honorees were honored at the 2018 Kennedy Center Honors during a ceremony in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 2. Along with Cher, Wayne Shorter, Philip Glass and the creators of “Hamilton” Lin-Manuel Miranda, Thomas Kail, Alex Lacamoire and Andy Blankenbuehler, Reba accepted the honor.

As the Oklahoma native stood on the famous stage, Reba remembered past times she was witness to the Kennedy Center Honors. Now, it was her turn.

“I’ve been here three times before tonight. Once for Dolly, once for Loretta [and] Carol Burnett, once for Lily. And I sat right over there and I thought, ‘Wow, how many people have been in this room?’ Reba recalled.

“I know that I was born an entertainer to help heal hearts—by singing, by acting, by letting people laugh. I love to help people with their problems when they come into a concert. I hope that they dust their problems off their feet and come in and have a good time, recharge their batteries, and when they leave they can pick their problems up that are just a little bit lighter when they go home. That’s what I was supposed to do in this life. I’m not a political person, but being here, going back to this building in Washington, D.C., I respect and I honor the people who took their time to help us, to make this country bigger, better, for all the people across the United States—east and west, north and south.

“Thank you all if you’ve had any part to do with that. Thank you all very, very much. Because we’re here to entertain. We’re here to make you laugh, to make you smile. And if that heart hurts, hopefully the songs that we sing, that we were moved by when we heard them the first time, by the time we sing them and it touches your heart, hopefully it touches you enough to make a difference. I am very proud of this. This moves me beyond words. I’m very honored to be a part of this class, and a part of this idea that started many, many years ago. Thank you for this honor. Thank you for our friendship. And thank you for all the friends that I’ve made, and all the years that I’ve gotten to be a part of the Kennedy Center Honors. Thank you all with all my heart.”

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"I've been here three times before tonight. Once for Dolly, once for Loretta [and] Carol Burnett, once for Lily. And I sat right over there and I thought, ‘Wow, how many people have been in this room?’ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I know that I was born an entertainer to help heal hearts—by singing, by acting, by letting people laugh. I love to help people with their problems when they come into a concert. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I hope that they dust their problems off their feet and come in and have a good time, recharge their batteries, and when they leave they can pick their problems up that are just a little bit lighter when they go home. That’s what I was supposed to do in this life. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I’m not a political person, but being here, going back to this building in Washington, D.C., I respect and I honor the people who took their time to help us, to make this country bigger, better, for all the people across the United States—east and west, north and south. Thank you all if you’ve had any part to do with that. Thank you all very, very much. Because we’re here to entertain. We’re here to make you laugh, to make you smile. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ And if that heart hurts, hopefully the songs that we sing, that we were moved by when we heard them the first time, by the time we sing them and it touches your heart, hopefully it touches you enough to make a difference. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I am very proud of this. This moves me beyond words. I’m very honored to be a part of this class, and a part of this idea that started many, many years ago. Thank you for this honor. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Thank you for our friendship. And thank you for all the friends that I’ve made, and all the years that I’ve gotten to be a part of the Kennedy Center Honors. Thank you all with all my heart."—2018 #KCHonors recipient @Reba ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Photo by @tsalazar.

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Lady Antebellum, Brooks & Dunn and Kelly Clarkson were on hand to perform in honor of their friend Reba.

The 41st Kennedy Center Honors ceremony will be broadcast on CBS on Dec. 26 at 9 p.m. ET.

Lisa Konicki
A New Yorker that made her way to the South, Lisa got her love of country music from her dad, who always played the classics. However, her love of fried pickles, a southern staple, came from Blake Shelton, who made her try her very first one. With 20 years experience in the music biz—previously at the helm of Country Weekly Magazine —Lisa loves to de-stress by going to the movies, playing and watching sports or just being outdoors.

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