When the Kennedy Center was deciding who would be recognized in the 2018 group of honorees, they knew just who they needed from the country music scene – Reba McEntire!
The Kennedy Center Honors describe the recipients of the award on their website as “exceptional artists who have made enduring and indelible marks on our culture.” That description perfectly describes Reba, so it’s no surprise she was awarded with this honor.
— CBS News (@CBSNews) December 26, 2018
Along with Hamilton co-creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, pop-star Cher, and several others – Reba’s accomplishments as a musician and her lasting impact were celebrated on national television.
As tradition goes, an esteemed group of artists celebrated the honorees with covers of their most famous songs. And what better way to honor the fiery red-head than with a Broadway star singing a tune from Reba’s own Broadway experience?
Annie, Get Your Gun
The life of sharpshooter Annie Oakley (1860-1926) was immortalized in 1946 when it was turned into a Broadway play. Followed by the film adaptation in 1950, Annie, Get Your Gun provided light-hearted fun through song and dance.
ANNIE GET YOUR GUN
— TitleStills (@TitleStills) September 30, 2018
When Reba stepped up to the plate to play Annie on Broadway in 2001, she was an instant hit. Her country twang and spunky personality won over crowds and even resulted in the play winning the Theatre World Award!
One song from Annie, Get Your Gun that always gets a laugh out of the audience is “Doin’ What Comes Naturally.” A funny way to say “using the bathroom,” the potty-humor song jokes about the different ways and places you can…well, do what comes naturally!
When the Kennedy Center Honors were looking for a fun way to recognize Reba’s contributions to Broadway and the comedy world, they knew they had to bring in another big personality…even if it was wrapped in a tiny package.
Singing one of my absolute favorite @reba songs tonight during the Kennedy Center Honors on @CBS at 8/7c. So lucky to get to celebrate this amazing woman and her heart of gold. Love you, Reebs. ❤️ #KCHonors
📸: Phil Gudenschwager pic.twitter.com/XOOaEPmrLn
— Kristin Chenoweth (@KChenoweth) December 26, 2018
Standing at 4’11”, Tony Award-winner, Kristin Chenoweth stood on stage in front of a western-themed set. Fringed skirt and all she looked like a Hollywood-glam Annie Oakley! With a spring in her step, spunk in her spirit, and a twinkle in her eye, Chenoweth had the crowd roaring with laughter over her hysterical performance.
Y’all just have to see this!
Check out the side-splitting performance in the video below and let us know what you think in the comments!