Miranda Lambert and Kelly Clarkson perform Music Tribute to Reba McEntire

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Reba McEntire was honored at the first American Country Countdown Awards on Dec. 15.

Reba McEntire was the inaugural recipient of the NASH Icon Award in recognition of her career achievements.

The country music super star, 59, accepted the NASH Icon Award from good friend and host of the American Country Countdown radio program Kix Brooks, 59.

“Everything that Reba has gotten, has been because she earned it” were the words of Kix Brooks, and we couldn’t agree more! She was so humble when receiving this iconic award, and it only made us love her even more.

Reba became one of the biggest names in country music because of her success in music, television, film, theater and retail. The “Queen of Country Music” has produced an astonishing 35 No. 1 singles and sold more than 56 million albums worldwide. But don’t worry, she’s not just a legend — she’s still got it! Reba totally rocked out on the stage and reminded us why her name will live forever in country music.

Miranda Lambert and Kelly Clarkson came out to pay musical tribute to McEntire, performing a medley of hits that provided one of the musical highlights of the evening, including ‘How Blue’ and ‘Take It Back.’

Reba herself joined in for ‘Fancy,’ raising the musical bar even a notch higher in a trio performance with two of country’s hottest younger stars that resulted in a standing ovation.

“This is a very special honor, and it sure means the world to me to be thought of as a valued member of our country music family,” McEntire said. “I feel very blessed to still be making country music and sharing it with the people in America and around the world who love it as much as I do.”

She also offered some words of wisdom for the younger generation of country stars.

“I pray you have the chance to live a whole beautiful life making music for the people who give us the greatest job in the world: our fans.”

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