Reba To Receive Artist of a Lifetime Award at ‘CMT Artists of the Year’

CMT will honor the one and only Reba McEntire with the Artist of a Lifetime award at the upcoming 10th…


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September 27, 2019


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CMT will honor the one and only Reba McEntire with the Artist of a Lifetime award at the upcoming 10th Annual CMT Artists of the Year event.

Reba joins previous Artist of a Lifetime award recipients, including Loretta Lynn (2018), Shania Twain (2016), Kenny Rogers (2015), and Merle Haggard (2014).

“I have loved entertaining people since I was a little girl and after being in the music business more than 40 years, I’m still having so much fun! For CMT to recognize me as the ‘Artist of A Lifetime’ is pretty special,” Reba shared in a statement.

The iconic entertainer will receive the award on Wednesday, October 16 when CMT Artists of the Year airs live from Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center.

Carrie Underwood, Dan + Shay, Kane Brown, Luke Combs and Thomas Rhett will be crowned Artists of the Year during the live broadcast.

Performers and presenters for the 2019 CMT Artists of the Year special will be announced at a later date.

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.