Reba McEntire Not Happy With ACM Awards Nominations
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She might be back to host the Academy of Country Music Awards for the second year in a row, and 16th year in total, but Reba McEntire is not happy with them right now.
The “Stronger Than The Truth” singer had a full week of press to talk about her big hosting gig as well as her upcoming album and current single. She stopped by CBS This Morning, Build, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, as well as Watch What Happens Live.
During her appearance on CBS This Morning, McEntire announced a majority of the nominations for the April 7th awards show. She first announced Duo of The Year, Group of the Year, and Male Artist of the Year, followed by Female Artist of the Year.
But before her segment on CBS This Morning began, she took to Facebook Live to reveal nominations in two categories – Song of the Year and Songwriter of the Year. See it below.
During the broadcast, and with the help of hosts Gayle King and Norah O’Donnell, McEntire announced that the Duo of the Year nominees are Brothers Osborne, Dan + Shay, Florida Georgia Line, Locash, and Maddie & Tae, while Group of the Year are as follows: Lady Antebellum, LANCO, Little Big Town, Midland, Old Dominion.
She then revealed that Dierks Bentley, Luke Combs, Thomas Rhett, Chris Stapleton, and Keith Urban are up for Male Artist of the Year, while Miranda Lambert, Ashley McBryde, Maren Morris, Kacey Musgraves, and Carrie Underwood are nominated for Female Artist of the Year.
McEntire also revealed the Entertainer of the Year nominees, which are Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Chris Stapleton, and Keith Urban. CBS This Morning host Gayle King noted begrudgingly, “No women on that list.”
When King asked McEntire what she thought about that, she responded, “It doesn’t make me very happy because we’ve got some very talented women out there who are out there working their butts off.“
O’ Donnell added, “I’m sure you’ll have something to say about it the night of, on the ACMs!”
Watch her reaction to the all-male Entertainer of the Year category below.
How do you feel about the Entertainer of the Year category being all male? Which female country artist do you feel belongs in the category? Let us know in the comments section.
This isn’t the first time McEntire has spoken out against the Entertainer of the Year category. Just last year the category had the exact same nominees, and after revealing them, McEntire said, “It’s disappointing that there’s no female in the Entertainer of the Year category. But the country music business is very cyclical. It’ll go very traditional with the music or it will go very contemporary. The girls dominate or the boys dominate, so, it’s coming around. I have faith.”
Entertainment Tonight revealed the rest of the nominees.
Watch McEntire’s full appearance below.