Reba McEntire Is a No-Go for Three-Peat as Host of 2021 ACM Awards

by Clayton Edwards

This year’s CMA Awards are a little more than a month away. However, we still don’t know who will host the show. Many country music fans assumed that Reba McEntire would once again step into the role. After all, she hosted the CMAs in 2019 with Dolly Parton and Carrie Underwood. Reba returned for the 2020 CMAs alongside Darius Rucker. She seemed like a shoo-in for this year’s hosting duties.

Recently, Billboard confirmed that Reba McEntire isn’t hosting the CMAs this year. Not long ago, Reba spoke to the publication. During the interview, they asked if she would return as this year’s host. “Not to my knowledge,” was her reply. Then, Billboard reached out to the Country Music Association for comment. They confirmed that Reba was not on their hosting roster. They plan to announce the host or hosts in the coming weeks.

The Country Music Association won’t wait too long to let us know who will host the awards show. It takes place on November 10th and the hosts are always a big part of the hype for the show. So, we should know who will take Reba McEntire’s place before the month is over.

Reba McEntire’s Long History of Hosting

Many fans know that Reba McEntire isn’t just one of the best female vocalists in country music. She also has some solid acting chops. She has been in a handful of films as well as her own TV show. Heck, you can see her acting chops in the music video for “Fancy.” Reba is also an expert host.

Reba McEntire hosted the CMA Awards for the past couple of years. However, her history of hosting goes back much further. For instance, she hosted the ACMs with Mac Davis and Dukes of Hazzard star John Schneider back in 1986. She returned to hosting duties in 1988 with Hank Jr. She took a short break from the ACM Awards show spotlight and returned in 1994 to host alongside Alan Jackson.

Reba McEntire hosted the Academy of Country Music Awards show every year between 2001 and 2012 with the exception of 2005. The show didn’t have a host that year. Some years, she was solo and others she shared duties with The Voice’s Blake Shelton, according to Billboard.

Additionally, Reba McEntire hosted the Country Music Association Awards for three years straight. She took that stage for the first time in 1990 alongside Randy Travis. The next year, she handled the duties solo. Her final year hosting that show was in 1992. She teamed up with her friend and collaborator Vince Gill to head up that show.

Hopefully, the CMA will choose a solid hosting lineup this year. However, they’ll be hard-pressed to find a better candidate than Reba McEntire.