Reba McEntire Discusses Camaraderie In The Country Music Business At The ACM Awards (page 13)

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PHILADELPHIA (XTU) – Reba McEntire stopped to chat with Razz backstage at the 50th ACM Awards.

Reba remembers the first time she attended the awards show back in 1981.

“I was up for New Female Vocalist of the Year and Terri Gibbs one, but I didn’t quit. Three or four years later I got to win.”

Reba says she still considers nominations little victories because she gets to be on television, which she says she loves.

Looking back on her career she comments, “I always thought this is how it happened: you record, you get on the radio and you become rich, then you get a bus and your tour around the country. It didn’t happen that way.”

She recalls, “I didn’t get a number one record until my sixth album. It was slow back then, but I got to learn from the best. My foundation and my roots were really solid and I made the best friends you could ever hope to make.”

Reba expressed that in country music there is no animosity towards other artists, only admiration.

“Someone asked me the other day if anyone had been mean to me in the country business, and I couldn’t think of anybody. We’re very nice to each other. We’re in competition, but we’re pulling for each other.”

As for future television plans Reba says, “I get to be on “Baby Daddy” this fall and “The Voice” with Blake Shelton. “

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