Reba McEntire on the highlights of country music’s year

Written by By Randi Stevenson

Following its most successful year to date, country music has been eyeing awards season for the last few months. With the win for Favorite Country Female artist and two nods at the Country Music Association Awards, RCA Nashville’s Reba McEntire is already seeing lots of oohs and aahs. To shine a light on the superstar’s year, CNN asked her to share her thoughts on what inspires her and who she thinks will take home a prize come awards night:

“I’m really happy for Luke [Bryan], Florida Georgia Line, Jason [Aldean], Kelsea [Ballerini] and Sam [Hunt], all the nominees. What an incredible year they have had.

“It’s been so exciting to see Kelsea and Sam and Jason and Luke all making huge waves in country music. I think their recordings are a tribute to their fans and to the genre. They’re making country music for music lovers.

“On that note, they should all take home the CMA award for Vocal Group. My girl Liz is with them! Plus they’re the best damn friends. I couldn’t be happier.

“Also Jake Owen, he’s nominated for Male Vocalist. I saw him at the Grammys and he’s a dream. He’s a living and breathing artist and I’m happy for him. So, I hope he gets to win.

“I’ve been a country artist for so long and I’m a strong advocate for women in country music. But what makes me feel so good, aside from the fact that I think the nominees are phenomenal, is that through the years, I’ve been with so many people in the industry and one of the things I realized was that the guys I worked with always felt very supported and that’s why they could come up with great songs and great ideas.

“This year we’ve had that on full display and that’s why I think it’s a great year to be a country music artist.”

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