Reba McEntire Celebrates 40th Anniversary of Grand Ole Opry Debut [Video]

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Country music star Reba McEntire took to the Grand Ole Opry stage to mark a career milestone--- four decades since her debut at the famed venue in 1977!

On Friday night, country music superstars Carrie Underwood, Vince Gill, and Dolly Parton turned up at the Grand Ole Opry for a very special reason— to help Reba McEntire mark the 40th anniversary of her Grand Ole Opry debut!

“It was a lot of fun, it was nerve-wracking, it was scary,” McEntire confessed about her 1977 debut, also thanking her devoted family members who were in the audience. “It’s been a wonderful 40 years. I couldn’t have done it without you, and I wouldn’t have wanted to.”

While Reba began singing her 1993 hit song “Does He Love You,” Carrie entered the stage to sing the second part, originally performed by Linda Davis. Watch the two vocal powerhouses share the spotlight below!

“Just this far on the map from each other, two little ol’ gals from Oklahoma, getting to be on the stage together,” McEntire said of the duet. Despite her casual demeanor, Carrie was extremely excited about being in the presence of Reba, Vince, and Dolly!

“How is this my life?,” Underwood captioned a series of photos she shared via Instagram. “I got to be part of this crew celebrating @reba ‘s 40th anniversary of her first @opry appearance! Three legends…and me!!! So many dreams came true tonight!”

How is this my life? I got to be part of this crew celebrating @reba 's 40th anniversary of her first @opry appearance! Three legends…and me!!! So many dreams came true tonight! #OnlyAtTheOpry @dollyparton @vincegillofficial ❤️❤️❤️

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Dolly Parton’s presence during the celebration was truly a full-circle moment for Reba. You see, the Oklahoman was supposed to sing two songs during her Grand Ole Opry debut, but that number was dropped down to one after Dolly showed up at the venue unannounced to perform.

“I remember 40 years ago, when you made your debut, I was here for some reason, and you were supposed to have two spots on the Opry, and they gave me one of them. I just wanted to give it back to you tonight, because I’m not even going to take a spot. I just wanted to come out and say hello and congratulations,” explained Parton.

Watch Reba McEntire reflect a bit more on her 1977 Grand Ole Opry debut below!

Congrats to Reba McEntire on reaching this career milestone! Be sure to share this update with other fans of the country music entertainer.

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