Reba McEntire and Trisha Yearwood are both living, breathing examples of women who dreamed big dreams and then worked hard to make them come true.
In this emotional look back at their respective first CMA Award Female Vocalist wins, Reba and Trisha pay tribute to the artists that inspired them to dream of one day winning that trophy.
For Reba, her dream of achieving CMA glory began while watching Merle Haggard win a ton of trophies for his hit “Okie from Muskogee” in 1970.
Reba says, “I went to bed that night, and I was rehearsing my acceptance speech.”
During her first of four Female Vocalist acceptance speeches in 1984, Reba referenced that night she practiced her speech. She also said God had given her the dream to one day stand on that CMA Awards stage, and it was coming true in that moment.
Down in Monticello, Georgia, a little girl named Trisha Yearwood watched Reba give that speech in 1984. Just like her hero, Trisha started dreaming about holding a CMA Award with her name on it that night.
Trisha still gets chills thinking about that moment that she fulfilled her dream of winning CMA Female Vocalist for the first time in 1997.
During her acceptance speech, Trisha referenced Reba’s 1984 speech saying, “This is what I have wanted ever since I saw Reba McEntire win Female Vocalist of the Year and stand on this stage and say into the TV set, ‘If you have a dream, you can make it come true.’ I believed in Miss Reba.”
Looking back now, Trisha says, “That Reba moment was truly a defining moment for me. I remember, vividly, her giving that speech and it inspiring me. And I believed her. And I believed I could be there if she was there. ”
Reba and Trisha are just two of the country legends we’re hoping to see at the 50th Annual CMA Awards ceremony coming up Nov. 2 on ABC. The show broadcasts live from Nashville.