Three of country’s leading ladies raise their voices to honor Reba McEntire Getty Images/Terry Wyatt
Getty Images/Terry Wyatt

Reba McEntire is one of the superstars being recognized at this year’s “ACM Honors” show, and we’ve got your first look at the all-star tribute to Reba you’ll see when the two-hour special airs Friday, September 15 on CBS.

Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott is the daughter of Reba’s “Does He Love You” duet partner, Linda Davis, so Hillary teamed up with Little Big Town’s Karen Fairchild to recreate that classic duet for the show. Hillary and Karen then welcomed Little Big Town’s Kimberly Schlapman for a sassy trio version of Reba’s 1986 smash “Little Rock.” Hillary also takes a solo turn covering “The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia.”

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As you can see from the video, Reba was all smiles as she watched her friends sing her hit songs in her honor.

Reba receives the Academy of Country Music’s Mae Boren Axton Service Award for her many years of serving the academy through hosting the ACM Awards and giving back to their charitable efforts.

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Though Reba’s trophy case is already overflowing with awards, this accolade means a lot to her because it bears the name of one of her mentors, Mae Boren Axton. Axton was a beloved figure in Nashville shepherding artists’ careers. She was also a celebrated songwriter, best known for co-writing Elvis Presley’s “Heartbreak Hotel.” Mae Axton passed way in 1997, but her influence still touches every aspect of Reba’s life and career today.

“She was ‘Mama Mae’ to me, and I loved her with all my heart,” Reba tells Rare Country. “She was from Ada, Oklahoma, just about 60 miles west of me. She was a great gal, and helped a lot of us Okies like Blake [Shelton] and myself — gave us some good advice, and told us to take our time and go easy. Just have fun. Watch what you’re doing. Lock your doors! That kind of thing a mama will say.”


Reba was moved to tears during her emotional acceptance speech during the show. You can watch it all on the “ACM Honors” TV special airing September 15 at 9 p.m. ET on CBS.

Hunter Kelly is a senior correspondent for Rare Country. Follow him on Twitter @Hunterkelly.
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