Shania Twain reacts to being called a 'Country music trailblazer'

'It's crazy'

By Monica Rivera
June 8, 2021

Cheetah print queen, red lipstick rocker and empowering voice for women around the world… there’s no arguing Shania Twain is an icon… but does she know that??

“It’s crazy,” Shania told Audacy’s Kelly Ford as she reflected on how far she’s come since the beginning of her career. “I can’t say that I ever imagined it… It would’ve been impossible to imagine for me back then. I knew that I wanted to go somewhere big, I just didn’t know it was going to be there. It’s awesome.”

With a career larger than Shania could’ve ever imagined for herself, it’s no wonder she is the #1 inspiration for a lot of women pursuing their own careers in Country music today.

“Especially now, I’m in the company of a lot of girls that are, you know, working hard and trying to make their place and their mark and it’s hard, it’s really hard,” Shania shared. “If I’m an encouragement and I’m an inspiration, then great - I love that.”

Since the release of her debut album in 1993, Shania has proved herself a girl’s girl by connecting with women through lyrics that made them feel empowered. From our favorite GNO anthems, “Man! I Feel Like A Woman,” and “That Don’t Impress Me Much,” to the tender songs danced to at weddings like, “Forever And Always” and “Still The One,” Shania is basically the soundtrack of our life. So what song serves up her favorite blast from the past?

“I have fun reflecting on the music I was doing then,” she said. “My favorite I’d have to say is probably ‘Any Man of Mine.’ It meant more than I thought it was going to mean. It was playful and sassy, but it really ended up meaning a lot to women and so I appreciate it more now looking back on it.”

Shania is giving all her fans an opportunity to reflect on their favorite hits with her Vegas Residency, “Let’s Go!,” happening December 2 through 12 and February 11 through 26 at the Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood.