As one of the most interesting and successful country artists, Reba McEntire couldn’t help but notice that no women were nominated in the Entertainer of the Year category at this year’s ACM Awards.
After a five-year break, McEntire is taking back the ACM hosting gig for this year’s award show on April 15th. She sat down with Entertainment Tonight to discuss the upcoming show, her own nomination for Female Vocalist of the Year and the lack of women nominated in the show’s biggest category.
“It’s disappointing that there’s no female in the Entertainer of the Year category,” McEntire said. With a smile, she added, “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.”
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Of course, McEntire isn’t trying to discount the Entertainer of the Year nominees (Jason Aldean, Garth Brooks, Luke Bryan, Chris Stapleton and Keith Urban), yet the list feels disproportionate. Especially since this year, there are only four women nominated in the New Female Vocalist category instead of the usual five.
But as McEntire says, hopefully, the tides will turn and female artists who are creating incredible music will get their due soon.