Reba McEntire

CMT to Honor Reba McEntire with Artist of a Lifetime Award

CMT has announced that country music artist Reba McEntire will be honored with the Artist of a Lifetime award presented by Ram Trucks at this year’s CMT Artists of the Year event. The 10th annual celebration will air live from Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center on Wednesday, Oct. 16 at 8 pm ET/PT. McEntire will join the ranks alongside previous Lifetime recipients including  Loretta Lynn (2018), Shania Twain (2016), Kenny Rogers (2015), and Merle Haggard (2014).

This year marks a milestone for the CMT Artists of the Year special as it celebrates the decade-long anniversary of the live music franchise. The 90-minute event will pay tribute to the five Artists of the Year who collectively ruled the last 12 months in country music. This year’s honorees include Carrie Underwood, Dan + Shay, Kane Brown, Luke Combs and Thomas Rhett, and will feature surprise musical pairings and guests.

Reba McEntire has become a household name through a career that spans across music, television, film, theater and retail. She will join Dolly Parton and Carrie Underwood to host the 53rd Annual CMA Awards Nov. 13 at 8/7c live on the ABC Television Network. As co-producer alongside Buddy Cannon, she released Stronger Than the Truth earlier this year on Big Machine Records. Her catalog is on display during the longest-running Country residency in The Colosseum at Caesars’ history with Reba, Brooks & Dunn: Together in Vegas.

She has 11 movie credits, a Broadway lead and starred in the six-season sitcom Reba. Set to hit theaters Dec. 25, Reba will join Fox Animation’s Spies in Disguise. Launching partnerships with Dillard’s and REBA by Justin™, she was also named the first female and musician to portray KFC’s founder in their celebrity colonel campaign.