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Reba McEntire arrives at the 54th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 7, 2019, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Reba McEntire arrives at the 54th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 7, 2019, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Ronnie Dunn, left, and Kix Brooks, right, of Brooks & Dunn, and host Reba McEntire present the award for entertainer of the year at the 54th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 7, 2019, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Ronnie Dunn, left, and Kix Brooks, right, of Brooks & Dunn, and host Reba McEntire present the award for entertainer of the year at the 54th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 7, 2019, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Host Reba McEntire speaks at the 54th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 7, 2019, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Host Reba McEntire speaks at the 54th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 7, 2019, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Reba McEntire, left, greets George Strait as he walks onstage to present the Dick Clark artist of the decade award at the 54th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 7, 2019, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Reba McEntire, left, greets George Strait as he walks onstage to present the Dick Clark artist of the decade award at the 54th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 7, 2019, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Host Reba McEntire speaks at the 54th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 7, 2019, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Host Reba McEntire speaks at the 54th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 7, 2019, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

She rocked fringe on everything, stood up for female recording artists and confirmed what we always suspected: Reba McEntire hasn't been tired for more than half a century. 

The Chockie native hosted the Academy of Country Music Awards Sunday night for a record 16th time, employing her usual down-home wit and charm throughout the night. 


She started her monologue with the declaration that "heck no" she doesn't get tired hosting the ACMs. 

"My name is Reba McEntire, and I haven't been tired in 53 years," she proclaimed to the cheers of the crowd, which gave her a well-deserved standing ovation on sight. "I'm a woman in the music business and we don't have time for tired."

Reba McEntire poses in the press room at the 54th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 7, 2019, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Reba McEntire poses in the press room at the 54th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 7, 2019, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Per usual, the 54th ACM Awards took place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, and Reba used the recent snow in Sin City as a chance to throw some well-deserved shade at country music for its ongoing misogyny issues. 

"It was so cold it froze us women out of entertainer of the year," she said to the howls of the crowd. 

Anthony Lasuzzo, left, and Reba McEntire arrive at the 54th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 7, 2019, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Anthony Lasuzzo, left, and Reba McEntire arrive at the 54th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 7, 2019, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

As previously reported, Reba spoke out when she announced the ACM Awards about the lack of women in the running for the top award. 

Fellow Oklahoman Blake Shelton, daughter-in-law Kelly Clarkson, Maren Morris, Luke Bryan, Chris Stapleton, Jason Aldean and Cardi B were among the music stars who were the target of Reba's sassy (but not mean-spirited) jokes. 

Reba McEntire performs "Freedom" at the 54th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 7, 2019, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Reba McEntire performs "Freedom" at the 54th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 7, 2019, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Plus, she pulled off multiple fringed and glittery costume changes, teamed with Brooks & Dunn to present entertainer of the year to Keith Urban and belted “Freedom,” a buoyant ballad from her newly released album “Stronger Than the Truth” during the three-hour live telecast. To read my new interview with Reba about the ACM Awards and her new album, click here

To read about the winners and other highlights of the show, click here

To read my full recap of the ACM Awards, click here

Reba McEntire performs "Freedom" at the 54th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 7, 2019, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Reba McEntire performs "Freedom" at the 54th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 7, 2019, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Reba McEntire arrives at the 54th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 7, 2019, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Reba McEntire arrives at the 54th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 7, 2019, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Host Reba McEntire speaks at the 54th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 7, 2019, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Host Reba McEntire speaks at the 54th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 7, 2019, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

-BAM 


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Brandy McDonnell

Brandy McDonnell, also known by her initials BAM, writes stories and reviews on movies, music, the arts and other aspects of entertainment. She is NewsOK’s top blogger: Her 4-year-old entertainment news blog, BAM’s Blog, has notched more than 1... Read more ›

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