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Carrie Underwood, Dolly Parton, and Vince Gill were on hand Sept. 22 to celebrate Reba McEntire’s 40th anniversary as a Grand Ole Opry member with laughs, powerhouse vocals and a box of tissues.


The Country Music Hall of Fame member’s segment on the show was billed as “Reba McEntire and Friends,” and featured the two Oklahomans (Reba and Carrie) in a face-off on Reba’s 1993 hit, “Does He Love You.” When they finished, Carrie quipped, “I just got schooled!”

After a sweet and funny retrospective of Reba’s Opry appearances over the years, country’s most famous redhead took the stage with a cover of Ray Price’s “Invitation to the Blues” followed by “Somebody Should Leave,” which she also sang the night she was inducted into the Opry in 1984.

During her Opry debut in September 1977, Dolly made a surprise appearance and Opry management cut Reba from two songs to one so Dolly could have more time onstage. Reba has often talked about what a thrill it was for her to just be in Dolly’s presence that night, so it was even more meaningful when the blonde with bombshell talent made another surprise appearance, this time during the anniversary party for her friend.

At one point, Reba grew emotional as Carrie wheeled out a cake and the audience sang. Never one to miss an opportunity for comedy, Vince walked out with a box of tissues, and Dolly took the joke to another level when she quipped, “He wants to give you a snot rag.”

To vote for Dolly’s Opry Moment of the Year in the Rare Country Awards, go to RareCountryAwards.com. Voting begins Nov. 13 and goes until Dec. 13. Winners will be revealed during a livestreamed concert on Dec. 14.

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