While country music was buzzing about this year’s Academy of Country Music Awards nominations, Reba, who made the announcement on “CBS This Morning,” expressed a little disappointment with the nods, especially “Entertainer of the Year.”
Quick to point out that there were no women in the category, hosts Gayle King and Norah O’Donnell asked the superstar how she felt about the glaring omission. Reba responded, “It doesn’t make me very happy because we’ve got some very talented women out there who are working their butts off.”
The new artist categories further highlight the gender disparity where the New Male Artist category contains five nominees, but the New Female Artist group has only four eligible artists. The ACM’s eligibility criteria for the previous year can be found on their website.
Reba was very complimentary about younger female artists, telling the show’s hosts that they bring youth, great new songs, and a different approach to the music they sing. She also said, “It’s a breath of fresh air.” When asked who is her go-to artist, she revealed it is Lee Ann Womack. “She’s a great country singer and I love the songs she selects and I just love to listen to her.”
Don’t expect the absence of women to go unmentioned on the April show, though. Reba has already hinted that she will likely mention it as she resumes hosting duties for the 16th time.