Reba McEntire hits fans with a glamorous throwback photo today as she amps up for hosting this year’s CMA Awards alongside Darius Rucker.
Who doesn’t love Reba? The legendary singer/songwriter is more relevant today than ever before. This is saying something, too, as the star has been in the spotlight for nearly four decades now.
The country legend is an absolute stunner and continues to prove it with looks like this.
Reba McEntire has spoken at length on the inspiration behind the hit this look was crafted around, Fancy. According to past interviews, her creative team held a big part in her CMAs choreography for the song, as well.
“Justin McIntosh came to me and said, ‘Would you be open to doing something a little bit different in ‘Fancy’? Maybe a little costume change different?’” McEntire reports. “And I absolutely love the three changes.”
“It’s very chancy, because things like that on live television can go wrong in a skinny minute,” she clarifies. “Thank God after a lot of rehearsal and making sure that all the mechanics and everything was just right, it went off without a hitch. And all of us could breathe a lot better after that performance was over.”
Reba McEntire Actually Covered “Fancy”
Believe it or not, McEntire didn’t write the hit. Singer/songwriter Bobbie Gentry originally composed the tune as a single. Within, the lyrics tell of a specific, fateful dress. As a result of said dress, the song’s Louisiana starlet launches a successful career.
The song originally rose to No. 8 on Billboard’s Adult Contemporary chart in 1970. Reba, however, wouldn’t record her version until two decades later in 1990. After battling sexism in the industry, she was finally able to release her version. And it reached No. 7 on the country charts. For McEntire, it remains one of her favorite hits.
Check out our previous coverage on Reba’s love affair with Fancy to watch last year’s performance featuring this look.
In addition, upcoming co-host Darius Rucker says he’s a huge Reba McEntire fan (who isn’t?) and reveals he is actually “really nervous” to co-host alongside the legend.
2020’s CMAs air Wednesday, November 11th.