“Well, it’s the bro trend,” McEntire said. “Bro, let’s go down to the river and catch some fish. And everybody’s a good ol’ boy. And that’s the bro music.”
McEntire has been outspoken about the challenges women face while pursuing careers in country music. In February, McEntire was a guest on CBS This Morning, where she expressed frustration that all of the 54th Academy of Country Music Awards nominees for Entertainer of the Year were men. The lack of women nominees also angered many fans who took to Twitter to vent.
— Madeleine Molly (@madeleinemollyd) February 20, 2019
Just a thought, maybe all the female country Artists should Boycott the #ACMawards then maybe that will get their attention.
— ray mallaber 3 (@raymallaber3) February 20, 2019
There are a lot of great acts up for Entertainer of the Year but I’m really disappointed again how there is not one single female act up for the biggest award or many other awards for that matter :/#ACMawards
— Kellie (@kellieemonahan) February 20, 2019
While McEntire said the lack of women nominees was “disappointing,” she thinks it’s a sign women should strengthen their resolve to pursue country music.
“But when anything like that happens, I just know us gals got to work harder,” McEntire explained. “We got to support each other. We’ve got to get in there next year. It’s got to change.”
Fans tweeted their support for McEntire’s push for more inclusion in country music, as many hope to see more women nominees included in the ACMs next year.
So glad to see this issue is getting some attention, but I am still disheartened by how much farther we have to go. I am now a huge @reba McEntire fan! #WomeninMusic #supportwomenartists https://t.co/AiDTxJCyDg
— @katyekellyeandtheinterruption (@katyekellyeand1) March 25, 2019
The country music star believes it takes a lot of drive and sacrifice for women to succeed in such a male-dominated industry; however, she is hopeful that the tide for women is finally beginning to shift.
“I think it’s kind of going away from that a little bit. I would really like it to get back to the real strong country, the country of Merle Haggard, Conway Twitty, Ronnie Milsap, Mel Tillis,” McEntire told Nawaz. “I miss that kind of country.”
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