“CMT GIANTS: REBA” HONORING COUNTRY MUSIC’S BELOVED REDHEAD PREMIERES NOVEMBER 18

11/13/06



“CMT GIANTS: REBA” HONORING COUNTRY MUSIC’S BELOVED REDHEAD
PREMIERES NOVEMBER 18

Tribute Features Reba’s Friends from Music, Television and Film Including Faith Hill, Trisha Yearwood, Kelly Clarkson, Martina McBride, Dolly Parton, Wynonna, LeAnn Rimes, Jennifer Nettles, Barbara Mandrell, Megan Mullally, James Denton, Dakota Fanning and more


NASHVILLE – November 13, 2006 – The stars aligned for one special night at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood to celebrate the career of one of country music’s biggest icons, Reba McEntire, as the first CMT GIANT. Stars of music, film and television paid tribute to their favorite redhead, Reba, who has been a leading lady in country music for over 20 years, in the two and half hour special, CMT GIANTS: REBA, premiering Saturday, November 18 at 8:00 p.m., ET/PT on CMT.

CMT GIANTS: REBA features performances by Faith Hill, Trisha Yearwood, Kelly Clarkson, Martina McBride, Jennifer Nettles, LeAnn Rimes, Megan Mullally, Wynonna and Dolly Parton who each paid tribute to Reba by lending their voices to her biggest hits. Reba’s family sat front row and center with the honoree as the tribute touched on all points of her illustrious career, from performances of her early hits, including “How Blue” by Parton and “Whoever's In New England” by McBride to the memorable “"The Night The Lights Went Out In Georgia" performed by Nettles and classic woeful duet, "Does He Love You," performed by McBride and Clarkson. James Denton, Dakota Fanning, Andie MacDowell, Beau Bridges, Barbara Mandrell, Melissa Peterman and Christopher Rich took to the stage between performances to recount notable highlights in Reba’s career. Finally, the honoree herself brought the crowd to its feet with a show-stopping rendition of her 1991 hit “Fancy.”

A segment of the special focuses on Habitat for Humanity, a partner of CMT’s pro-social initiative, CMT ONE COUNTRY and important cause for Reba. After the taping, Reba and CMT presented the Nashville area Habitat for Humanity a check for $54,000, the amount necessary to completely build one Habitat home for a deserving family, on behalf of CMT ONE COUNTRY. The proceeds for this donation came from ticket sales from the CMT GIANTS: REBA concert taping. CMT ONE COUNTRY was launched in the fall of 2005 to promote civic participation and inspire CMT viewers to take action and bring about important change in their communities; Habitat for Humanity is a partner of CMT ONE COUNTRY.

In CMT GIANTS, Reba is honored for her illustrious career, which includes 33 No. 1 hits, 29 albums, 15 American Music Awards, 12 Academy of Country Music Awards, seven Country Music Association Awards, two Grammy’s and the CMT Johnny Cash Visionary Award.

CMT GIANTS is produced by Tom Forrest and Taillight TV. Sarah Brock serves as executive producer for CMT.

Visit CMT's press-only web site www.cmtpress.com for more information and downloadable photos from CMT GIANTS: REBA and all of CMT's programming.



CMT, America’s No. 1 country music network, carries original programming, specials, and live concerts and events, as well as a mix of videos by established country music artists and new cutting-edge acts, including world premiere exclusive videos. Founded March 6, 1983, CMT, owned and operated by MTV Networks, reaches more than 83 million households in the United States. Go to country music’s biggest web site at www.cmt.com.



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