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Reba McEntire calls out ACM Awards after announcing only men were nominated for Entertainer of the Year

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  • Reba McEntire
    Reba McEntire
    American country music artist and actress
  • Kacey Musgraves
    Kacey Musgraves
    American country music singer-songwriter

Country singer-songwriter Kacey Musgraves’s latest work was good enough to clean up at the this month’s Grammy Awards, which recognize many different types of music, but she isn’t among those nominated for the top honor at the upcoming 54th Academy of Country Music Awards.

Reba McEntire revealed nominees for the ACMs on Wednesday, seven weeks before she’ll host the April 7 ceremony in Las Vegas. Entertainer of the Year nominees included Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Chris Stapleton and Keith Urban — but no Musgraves or any other woman.

Reba McEntire reveals the nominees for the Academy of Country Music Awards on <em>CBS This Morning</em> on Feb. 20. (Photo: Michele Crowe/CBS via Getty Images)
Reba McEntire reveals the nominees for the Academy of Country Music Awards on CBS This Morning on Feb. 20. (Photo: Michele Crowe/CBS via Getty Images)

It was a slight that McEntire noticed.

“It doesn’t make me very happy because we’ve got some very talented women out there who are working their butts off,” she told the Tennessean. “I’m missing my girlfriends on this list.”

Carrie Underwood and other women in country music have spoken out in recent years about the industry’s gender imbalance.

“Even when I was growing up, I wished there was more women on the radio, and I had a lot more than there are today,” she said on the Women Want to Hear Women podcast in September 2018. “I think about all the little girls that are sitting at home saying, ‘I want to be a country music singer.’ What do you tell them, you know? What do you do? How do you look at them and say, ‘Well, just work hard, sweetie, and you can do it’ when that’s probably not the case right now?”

Fans of country music noticed the lack of women too. They noted that Musgraves nabbed five nominations in all, including for the big categories of Album of the Year, Female Artist of the Year and Song of the Year, yet she still wasn’t named. The last time a woman took home the award was in 2011, when Taylor Swift won.

Winners will be unveiled during the Academy of Country Music Awards, which air April 7 at 8 p.m. on CBS. The show will also be live-streamed on CBS All Access.

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