The Kennedy Center honors Reba McEntire

Sarah L. Voisin/The Washington Post via Getty ImagesA televised special, featuring highlights from the 41st Annual Kennedy Center Honors, aired Wednesday night on CBS, and among the artists honored was Reba McEntire. The event took place in Washington, D.C. in early December.

Reba was the first honoree of the night, and among those paying tribute was her daughter-in-law, pop superstar Kelly Clarkson, who became emotional as she thanked McEntire for being a mentor, friend and a "really rad Grandma" for her kids. Clarkson then performed McEntire's 1990 hit, "Fancy."

Lady Antebellum performed two more of Reba's well-known hits, "Is There Life Out There" and "The Greatest Man I Never Knew."

They were followed on stage by the co-star of McEntire's self-titled sitcom, Melissa Peterman, who said she was proud to call Reba her friend and that the country legend "made an impact on so many people, and I don't even think you know it."

Reba's frequent touring partners Brooks & Dunn closed out the segment with a performance of McEntire's 1994 hit, "Why Haven't I Heard from You."

Later in the show, Little Big Town took to the stage to pay tribute to another of the evening's honorees,  the legendary activist, actress and pop diva Cher, performing two of her solo hits: "Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves" and "I Found Someone," followed by "Baby Don't Go" -- the 1964 hit she recorded with her former husband and partner Sonny Bono.

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