She’s back and better than ever! Beloved country icon Reba McEntire will host the 2019 ACMs for the 16th time on Sunday, April 7, airing live from MGM Grand’s Garden Arena at 7:00 p.m. on CBS.
“I love seeing the performers, both veterans and the new acts,” Reba, 64, told the Las Vegas Review-Journal when asked about her excitement for the big night. “I can’t wait to see my friends Brooks & Dunn and George Strait perform. There are so many great performances on this show. Plus, it’s such a warm atmosphere. That’s country, folks.”
Performers for the night include Luke Bryan, Blake Shelton, Keith Urban, Old Dominion, Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Brooks & Dunn, Brothers Osborne, Kane Brown, Brandi Carlile, Eric Church, Kelly Clarkson, Luke Combs, Dan + Shay, Florida Georgia Line, Khalid, Miranda Lambert, LANCO, Ashley McBryde, Little Big Town, Maren Morris, Thomas Rhett, Chris Stapleton, Carrie Underwood, and George Strait.
Reba herself is also set to perform. The entertainment legend dropped her new album, Stronger Than the Truth, on Friday, April 5, with many lyrics seemingly exploring the heartbreak she felt after her 2015 divorce from Narvel Blackstock, whom she was with for 26 years.
“The divorce was not my idea,” she’s said previously in an interview with CMT’s Cody Alan. “So, it was really hard to make the adjustment when someone’s not happy. I just want everybody to be happy in their lives, because our lives are too short to be miserable.”
But things have been looking up for the superstar! Reba recently opened up about finding love again in an interview with People magazine. The singer has been dating retired oil geologist Anthony “Skeeter” Lasuzzo, even though she admits she “was not looking” for romance post-divorce. But two years later, Reba gushes that they’re “totally in love — absolutely,” adding, “I wouldn’t put up with somebody for two years if I wasn’t in love with ‘em!”
Well, we’re just happy you’re happy, Reba!