Reba McEntire took on hosting duties during Sunday night’s ACM Awards, replacing former hosts Luke Bryan and Blake Shelton. During the show’s opening monologue she brought it to our attention that it took one woman to do the job of two men. But, if anyone could do it, Reba could…and she did.
Toward the end of the three-hour show that aired live from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Reba was joined by her daughter-in-law, Kelly Clarkson, to sing “Does He Love You,” Reba’s 1993 Grammy Award-winning hit. The duet was originally performed with Linda Davis, mother of Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott. While this year’s performance didn’t feature Davis, it did feature the “scandalous” dress that Reba won when the two sang the popular tune during the 1993 CMA Awards show.
Known simply to die-hard country fans as “THE Red Dress,” the gown was created by Sandi Spika and featured strategically placed beads and sequins and a daring plunging neckline.
In an interview with CMA two years ago, Reba reflected on the dress saying she was apprehensive at first, but decided to go for it since she trusted Spika. The risk was worth it for Reba who was thrilled when she heard the crowd gasp as she took to the stage that night. But, her excitement was short lived when she saw her father after the show.
“Daddy looked at me and said, ‘Reba, did you have your dress on backward?’” she recalled. “I didn’t win an award, but I made the newspaper that day.”
The infamous red dress once again appeared on an awards show stage Sunday night, and again received a reaction from the crowd. But, this time the reaction wasn’t because of the daring neckline, but because of the nostalgic nature of the dress and the fact that Reba was wearing the very same dress she wore 25 years ago!
See a clip of Reba McEntire and Kelly Clarkson singing “Does He Love You” below. Then scroll down to see Reba and Linda Davis singing the song on the CMA Awards 25 years ago.