Reba McEntire is set to receive a significant honor from the Music Business Association. The organization is awarding the country superstar with the Chairman’s Award for Sustained Creative Achievement at its Music Biz 2017 Convention's awards luncheon on May 18 in Nashville.

The Chariman's Award is given to an artist who exemplifies "continuing artistic achievement" in the music industry. With 35 No. 1 singles, more than 56 million in albums sales across the globe, two Grammys and countless CMA and ACM Awards, McEntire certainly fits the bill for the accolade. She's also the first female country star to win the coveted award — the organization's oldest, established in 1964.

“Reba fully embodies the essence of the Chairman’s Award, which honors immensely talented artists whose creative contributions truly stand the test of time and keep evolving,” Fred Beteille, chairman of the Music Biz Board of Directors, says in a press release.

“I am very grateful, getting to do what I love to do after all these years at the level I get to do it. When I first started out I didn’t have enough imagination to even dream about all the wonderful things I’ve gotten to do along with all the great people I have gotten to meet,” McEntire adds. “Thanks so much to Music Biz for this award and to my loyal fans for the support throughout the years that has kept me going. I can’t wait to see everyone in Nashville!”

Maren Morris will also be honored at Music Biz 2017. She is due to be presented with the Breakthrough Artist award. Other artists who will be recognized include Adele, Lukas Graham, Paula Abdul and the original Hamilton cast.


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