Oklahoma native and country star Reba McEntire performs June 6 at the first event held at the new Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. (Associated Press photo)
The Canadian Country Music Association has announced that Oklahoma native Reba McEntire has been added to the line-up of performers at the 2009 CCMA Awards. This year’s celebration, to be broadcast nationally on CBC TV with encore airings on CMT in Canada, will take place Sept. 13 in Vancouver, B.C.
McEntire has amassed the kind of career statistics that ensures legendary status – more than 55 million in U.S. album sales, 33 No. 1 hits, two Grammy Awards, seven Country Music Association awards, 12 Academy of Country Music awards, nine People’s Choice Awards and 15 American Music Awards. She has also found success in television, where her self-titled primetime TV series aired for six seasons; on Broadway, where she received rave reviews for her performance in “Annie Get Your Gun”; and in film.
Her name remains familiar atop the charts, now nestled among a generation of artists who have been strongly influenced by her music and career path.
“Keep On Loving You,” the much-anticipated follow-up to her hit 2007 album “Reba Duets,” will be released on Aug. 18. “Strange” is the sassy debut single and is the fastest-rising solo single and highest solo chart debut of her 33-year career.
In addition to McEntire, the two-hour review of a year in country music will feature performances by George Canyon, Terri Clark, Doc Walker, Jessie Farrell, Martina McBride, Aaron Pritchett, and Johnny Reid.