Reba McEntire Gets Emotional Talking About How Special Loretta Lynn Is: ‘I Mean That With All My Heart’

by Katie Maloney
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Country music star Reba McEntire tears up as she opens up about how much she loves her friend, fellow country music legend, Loretta Lynn.

Certainly, Reba McEntire has made a name for herself in the country music world. With 16 Grammy nominations, 51 CMA nominations, and 23 AMA nominations, Reba McEntire is a country music icon. But just like every other celebrity Reba began her career simply as an aspiring artist who admired the country musicians of her time. One of her heroes included country music legend, Loretta Lynn. During an interview, Reba McEntire opened up about how much she loves and admires Loretta.

“One thing I’d like to say, if I don’t choke up saying this, I love her. She is the most special thing country music, I think, has ever had. I mean that with all my heart,” said Reba with tears in her eyes.

Reba McEntire chokes up as she talks about her love for Loretta Lynn.

Reba McEntire Collaborated With Loretta Lynn for Her New Album, Still Woman Enough

In celebration of her seventh decade in country music, Loretta Lynn released her 50th studio album, Still Woman Enough, this week. The 13-song album features recut versions of Loretta’s classic tunes including “Coal Miner’s Daughter,” and “Honky Tonk Girl.” However, the album also features some new songs which are sure to be hits. And Loretta is sharing the spotlight with her fellow friends and women in country music. The album features song collabs with Margo Price and Tanya Tucker. And for the title track, “Still Woman Enough,” Loretta teamed up with Reba McEntire and Carrie Underwood. During the same interview, Reba shared what it was like to sing with her hero, Loretta.

“To get to sing to Loretta Lynn, the person who I’ve learned so much from over the 60 years of my life, I was honored that she asked me to do this,” said Reba. “Because I watched the movies, I read the books. She still is still woman enough…Loretta’s been strong all her life.”

Reba said that the lessons she learned from Loretta mirrored the important lessons she learned from her own mother while growing up.

“And that’s something she taught me just like my mamma taught me – you be strong, you take up for yourself,” said Reba. “And to get to sing the song ‘I’m Still Woman Enough’ with her – that’s the anthem that women need to carry with them forever.”