Photos and video: Reba McEntire charms in her 16th time to host the ACM Awards
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."
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.
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.
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.