Shania Twain gave a touching speech at the opening of the new Shania Twain: Rock This Country exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville on Tuesday (June 27). The Canadian superstar, who dazzled in a gold pantsuit, told the crowd that the exhibit is both a gift for her fans and a way to reunite with them after stepping away from the spotlight.
“What I longed for a lot was just getting reacquainted—reunited, I guess is a better word—with my largest group of supporters, the fans. And I realized how much I missed them," the GRAMMY winner told the audience. Shania also reflected on her career and admitted that she never really got a chance to have fun at the height of her success. "[I was] speeding past the ’90s and all of the craziness of that, which was beautifully crazy, but I never got to enjoy the moment and I was just racing on to the next thing, racing on to the future," she explained.
Now, as she enters a new chapter in her career, the mother of one is determined to live in the moment, and says she is using her new album NOW to inspire others to do the same.
“On this new album I’m not rushing onto the future, I’m not running away from the past. I’m not apologizing for the past — I’m acknowledging the crappy times and saying ‘You know, I wouldn’t be here without them,’" said the 51-year-old, adding, “I’m not in a rush anymore.”
Shania fans will get the chance to relive all of her amazing career moments when the exhibit opens on June 30. The showcase will display costumes from iconic music videos and performances, as well as photographs and personal memorabilia.