Leave it to country music stars to make award shows great again.
Reba McEntire and other stars are now being praised for leaving politics out of the fun and refusing to slam the president.
And guess what? America loved it.
From US Weekly:
Nearly every award show host begins their dialogue with a joke about the state of America. But don’t expect Reba McEntire to be anything like the others. The country icon is returning to host the Academy of Country Music Awards for the 15th time on Sunday, April 15, and tells Us Weekly she has no plans to make the show political.
“This year the idea is to have fun. There’s a lot of political things you can address, stuff going on in the world. That’s not our theme; our theme is to have fun, not to be mean, not to be catty, just to have a great night of entertainment, great music, seeing everybody and introducing new music,” she tells Us in an exclusive interview. “It’s going to be a fun night … I want it to be positive and uplifting and so does everybody at the ACM. They first came to me and said, ‘Our theme this year is fun. Let’s go have fun.’ I said, ‘Absolutely, I’m for it.’”
The awards dominated the night in the ratings.
From Programming Insider:
It was no contest last night, with the “53rd annual “Academy of Country Music Awards,” hosted by Reba McEntire, holding a significant overnight advantage over competing “American Idol” on ABC. While the true test, of course, are the demographics, “The ACM Awards” at a 7.2 rating/12 share in the household overnights from 8-11 p.m. ET bested ABC’s “American Idol” (4.2/ 7 from 8-10 p.m. ET) by 71 percent. Compared to one year earlier (6.5/11 on 4/02/17), “The ACM Awards” increased by 11 percent. And that 6.5 rating in the household overnights last year translated into 10.85 million viewers and a 2.1 rating/7 share in adults 18-49, based on the Live+Same Day data.
Reba wore the same dress she wore in 1993, per Fox News:
Reba brought the crowd at the 2018 ACM Awards to their feet when she donned her infamous red dress from 25 years ago.
The ACM host made headlines in 1993 for the revealing red dress she wore to the CMA Awards that year. While the red hot number may not seem risqué today in a world of leotards and foam fingers, Reba’s infamous dress was quite shocking in the early ’90s.
“I got more press off that dress than if I’d won Entertainer of the Year,”she said in an interview at the time.