Back in 1984, Reba McEntire was nominated for the second year in a row for Female Vocalist of the Year at the CMA Awards. It was an honor she'll never forget.

"I was in the dressing room with Emmylou Harris, Brenda Lee and Tammy Wynette," McEntire recalled in 2009. "[The CMA producers] said, 'Okay, girls, we've got to go get in your seats.' I was walking out, and Emmylou walked up to me and said, 'Congratulations ... I'm pulling for you!'

"I said, 'Oh, I'm pulling for you, too!' She said, 'No, this is your year,'" McEntire adds. "To get that from Emmylou Harris was wonderful!"

It was McEntire's year indeed: She won Female Vocalist of the Year that year, taking home her very first CMA Awards trophy.

The 2019 CMA Awards are scheduled to air on ABC on Nov. 13, at 8PM ET; the ceremony will take place live at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. McEntire will be guest co-hosting the ceremony with Carrie Underwood and Dolly Parton, with the event paying a special focus to the great women of the genre.

The Boot will be staying up late covering the most buzzed-about winners, fashion and moments at the 2019 CMA Awards. Readers can watch along with us by checking back to for the latest CMAs headlines, liking The Boot on Facebook and following The Boot on Twitter.

This story was originally written by Alanna Conaway, and revised by Angela Stefano.

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