During a recent interview with host Willie Geist, country music star Reba McEntire was asked about being referred to as an “icon,” “legend” and “trailblazer.” Despite her impressive legacy, McEntire remained humble and gave credit to the women who came before her.
McEntire acknowledged that when she hears those terms, she thinks of the likes of Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton, Tammy Wynette, Barbara Mandrell, Anne Murray, and Minnie Pearl. These women, according to McEntire, are the true pioneers, icons, and legends that she learned from.
What an unforgettable way to end this tour by having the honor of performing at @TheGarden for the first time in my career. A huge thank you to my family, band, crew, and all the fans who made every night of this tour so magical. #RebaInConcert pic.twitter.com/U4mSHKucv6
— Reba McEntire (@reba) April 18, 2023
Geist noted that younger talent in Nashville view McEntire in the same light that she views her predecessors. McEntire admitted that it was a “cool feeling” but also recognized the immense responsibility that comes with being looked up to.
“It’s a huge responsibility because I definitely want to — in my span that I get to do this — I want to find ways of doing it better so it will make it easier on them. Then it’s their responsibility to move forward, find a better way of doing something for the people coming up next behind them. So we’ve all got responsibilities. And it’s always to make it better.”
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— Reba McEntire (@reba) April 17, 2023
While the full interview aired until Sunday, McEntire also revealed that she turned down the opportunity to be a coach on The Voice, which ultimately went to Blake Shelton.
Don’t miss Reba McEntire’s interview that happened on Sunday TODAY, where she provided more insight into her career and her perspective on the country music industry.