Reba Passes the Torch of Success to Dustin Lynch, Kelsea Ballerini and More

If anyone knows success, it's Reba McEntire, and the superstar has picked four lucky up and comers as her favorite new acts.

Written by Lauren Laffer
Reba Passes the Torch of Success to Dustin Lynch, Kelsea Ballerini and More
NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 14: Recording Artists Reba McEntire and Dustin Lynch speak on stage during 2017 CMA Country Christmas at The Grand Ole Opry on November 14, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jason Davis/WireImage)

There’s nothing better than being inspired by an idol to pursue your dreams only to have that same idol praise you for what you’ve done. Several of country’s rising stars earned that accolade when Reba took to Twitter for a GRAMMYs question and answer session on Wednesday morning (1/24).

When asked by a fan about her favorite new acts that she loves and sees long-term success for, the “Fancy” singer listed off several names.

“Well, I think Lauren Alaina is a very talented young lady and I think she’s got a lot of potential. Kelsea Ballerini, who I got to sing on the CMAs with. Love her to pieces. Great potential, great songwriter, singer, everything about it. Dustin Lynch, my boyfriend. Love him to pieces. And then, Maren Morris. I think she’s really good. So… hoping they will go on and do great things.”

To have the support of someone who has gone on to have one of the most successful careers in modern music must be music to their ears. Each of the young acts have spoken out about their love for Reba over the years, including Ballerini, who performed twice with Reba in 2017, once at the CMA Awards and another time for CMA Country Christmas. The experience was one the “Legends” singer won’t soon forget.

“The biggest gift [over] the last few years has been the people that I look up to the most, and have studied their careers, turning around and reaching out to me. Taylor, Shania, and now Reba, and just having people that have blazed the trail for new artists like myself, turn around and be kind and give advice, and be open with me,” she previously shared with Sounds Like Nashville.

While she helps celebrate the best new talent coming out of Nashville, Reba will also revel in the success of her latest album, Sing It Now: Songs Of Faith & Hope, as the song was nominated for Best Roots Gospel Album at the 60th GRAMMY Awards. The 60th GRAMMY Awards will take place at New York’s Madison Square Garden on Jan. 28, 2018, airing live on CBS from 7:30–11 p.m. ET/4:30–8 p.m. PT.