Reba McEntire was the host of the 2018 ACM Awards, and we knew almost from the moment that she came out on stage that there was potential for there to be some good comedy. She’s one of those few people who has cloud in both the country-music and comedy communities and when you consider that, it’s clear that there is almost no one better to host the awards show.
Yet, the show chose to open tonight not with a performance, or with a monologue from Reba. Instead, they gave you a series of messages about healing and support in the aftermath of what happened in Las Vegas last year. Jason Aldean was one of the people who opened the show, and he was present when the violence and the gunfire took place. We know that the show could have done something big and headline-grabbing, but we like that they went in a softer, more personal direction.
When the show finally did kick off the comedy portion of the night, Reba came out and delivered a few good barbs, including at the previous male hosts saying that it only takes one woman in order to do the job of two men. There were also a lot of jokes about the number of babies born to country music stars.
Ultimately, it was important for the show to kick off with something a little more reflective just because for the rest of the night, the plan is for the ACM Awards to be more of a celebration. It’s about music, having a good time, and enjoying the company of one another. Country music is a big, crazy family, and after everything that had transpired it made some sense for everyone to let loose a little bit. Tonight’s that opportunity, while also giving some awards away in the process.
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