Reba McEntire took the stage as the host of this year’s ACM Awards for a record-breaking 16th time, and her experience showed with her commanding opening monologue.
“This is my 16th time hosting the show!” McEntire explained to the packed, star-studded audience. “People always ask me, ‘Do you ever get tired of doing it?’ And I say, ‘Tired? Of celebrating great artists and music? Tired of amazing live performances? Tired of being in charge of the biggest night in country?’ Heck no! My name is Reba McEntire and I haven’t been tired in 53 years!”
“I’m a woman in the music business and we don’t have time for tired!” she added.
McEntire poked gentle fun at some of the biggest artists in the audience, mocking Maren Morris’s upcoming birthday and Luke Bryan’s minimal understanding of letters and numbers before pointing out some of the more exciting performances planned for the evening.
“We have some really unexpected matchups tonight. Kane Brown and Khalid, Dierks Bentley and Brandi Carlile, and me and Cardi B,” McEntire joked. “I’m just kidding. But I do have a song we can do together: ‘There’s No U in Oklahoma and That’s Okurrr With Me.’”