Does it get much better than Reba? We don’t think so.

The hardest-working woman in the business is still going strong after more than 40 years in the industry thanks to a combination of class, brains, talent and pure grit. As many country music fans know, Reba ended 2015 on a tough personal note as her marriage to manager Narvel Blackstock unraveled before everyone’s eyes. While it would have been understandable for the icon to take some time off and remain out of the spotlight in 2016, she knew that the show must go on. Therefore, she announced that she would be breaking ties with Narvel professionally and take full control of her own career with her team at Reba’s Business, Inc.

After all, remember: she’s a “Survivor.” And “She Ain’t Goin’ Out Like That,” y’all.

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She’s actually been busier than ever this year, constantly growing her brand. Reba Beauty launched back in April with her own brand of lipsticks and has since been a hit with fans. This, of course, is in addition to her bigger-than-ever clothing and furniture collection at Dillards and her “Rockin’ R by Reba” collection of Oklahoma-inspired home goods, toys, clothing and jewelry at Cracker Barrel.

If that wasn’t enough, Reba joined Brooks & Dunn for their “Together in Vegas” shows at Caesars Palace in Sin City and continued to perform shows on her own, too, because the words “slow down” are not in Reba’s vocabulary!

And now more than ever, Reba is also focused on giving back. She recently helped celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Reba’s Ranch House, a “home away from home” facility for the families of patients at Texoma’s Medical Center she helped fund years ago.

And that’s just a drop in the bucket.

Reba is a mogul, a one-woman empire who has conquered it all — music, movies, television, Broadway, fashion and beauty — and she’s a philanthropist, a loving mother and a grandmother on top of it all.

She’s also a friend. If you don’t follow her on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter, you are really missing out. Reba has really been taking time this year to connect with her support system by taking trips with her best friends to New York and the beach, and the results will make you both smile and laugh. She’s always focused on those around her. She cares so deeply for her family, her friends and her fans.

And if you really want to see something to smile about, go watch her performance during the recent CMA Awards tribute to Dolly Parton. It’s the sweetest and cutest thing ever.

Yeah, we all pretty much still want to grow up to be Reba, too.

Reba McEntire stands strong during a year that could have taken her down
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