Dec. 15, 2014 was an historic moment for Reba McEntire. She was honored with the first ever Nash Icon award, given each year to the artist “who has made a profound and lasting impact on country music.” McEntire released her first album in 1977, and 35 of her singles went to No. 1.
Kix Brooks presented her with the award, saying “I gotta tell you, as somebody who has toured and recorded and sat around living rooms playing music with her, let me tell you, Reba has all of these qualities, and then some. And she’s become one of the lasting success stories forever in country music history. Year after year, she continues to connect the songs and her fans like nobody else.”
Lambert and Clarkson’s tribute to McEntire included a few other songs as well, but once they got to “Fancy”, McEntire’s 1990 hit about a mother turning out her daughter for tricks in order to pay the rent, the crowd was on its feet. The crowd got louder when McEntire joined the two onstage for the rest of the song. Everyone was singing along, a testament to Reba’s long-lasting legacy.
Check out the magic here. “Fancy” starts at the 2:45 mark.