Movieline magazine was always a bit obsessed with youth culture. Not only did they publish an annual Young Hollywood issue, but eventually they began hosting their own awards ceremony honoring up-and-coming stars. In the April 2002 issue of the magazine, the staff elaborated on some of the nominees from the prior year. As an added bonus, I have added the actual winners from the 4th Annual Young Hollywood Awards.
Our recent abundance of musical birthdays continues today. Our headliners today are known, respectively, as the Queen of Country and the Princess of Pop (although neither is the sole claimant to her title).
Reba McEntire celebrates her 62nd birthday today. She was studying to be a teacher at Southeastern Oklahoma State University when country singer Rod Steagall heard her sing the national anthem at a rodeo competition, and helped her land a recording contract with Mercury. Her first album came out in 1977, but she didn’t begin to be a major success until the early 1980s. Her fifth album, Unlimited, resulted in her first two #1 Country singles, but she soon moved to MCA in order to have more creative control over her recordings. In 1986 Whoever’s in New England became her first #1 Country album, while the title song won her her first Grammy.