Reba McEntire established her credentials so well that the Female Vocalist of the Year trophy would eventually be hers for four years running, but at one time she was simply a rising commodity with a pure country voice. Near the end of the 1984 ceremony, Reba McEntire had still not claimed a CMA award, and she surprised the crowd by winning the coveted Female Vocalist honor.
Her speech was trembling, tearful but altogether terrific, as the emotion of the achievement overwhelmed the future icon, and she thanked the CMAs on behalf of herself and her mother (“This is for me and Mama, and we thank ya.”) after a standing ovation from the industry crowd. Along with her four consecutive wins in the category, she would claim the Entertainer of the Year prize in 1986. It would be another 13 years before another female accepted the trophy, making that moment all the more special. McEntire owns six CMA awards, including those record-holding four Female Vocalist of the Year honors, a record that she now shares with Martina McBride.
Reba McEntire, “He Gets That From Me” (2004):