Thirty Years Ago Today, Reba McEntire Was Crowned Entertainer of the Year

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There are many moments in Reba McEntire‘s career that the Queen of Country Music could call memorable. However, perhaps one of the most memorable nights in her incredible career was thirty years ago tonight.

Today, McEntire took to social media to remind fans that thirty years ago, on May 10, 1988, she had quite the fancy evening at the annual ACM Awards. By the end of the night, McEntire walked away with the two biggest titles of the ceremony — Female Vocalist of the Year and Entertainer of the Year.

It was in large part due to McEntire’s signing with MCA Nashville Records and her second album with the label, My Kind of Country (1984) that she soared to the top of the charts and became an obvious choice for a plethora of awards. From the album hailed two No. 1 singles, “How Blue” and “Somebody Should Leave.”

Following the success of My Kind of Country, McEntire went on to release several more albums over the next decade; also garnering several more No. 1 hits. To date, she has released twenty-nine studio albums. Of those albums, sixteen rose to the top of the charts, while forty of the singles on those projects have reached No. 1. More than half of her records have been certified by the RIAA, due to McEntire having over eighty million records sold worldwide.

Also interestingly, McEntire is one of the few artists to earn No. 1 hits in four separate decades: 1980s, 1990s, 2000s, and 2010s. She has been nominated a record-breaking fifty times for CMA Awards, and also holds the record for female artists at the ACM Awards with forty-eight nominations.

Listen to Reba McEntire’s “How Blue” from her Entertainer of the Year era below and let us know what your favorite song is by the Queen of Country Music!

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