Reba McEntire Will Steer Clear of Politics During 2018 ACM Award Show

Reba McEntire ACM Host
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The Golden Globes, the Oscars and the Grammy Awards all chose to put politics front and center during their individual nights. Not so for the upcoming ACM Awards, airing on Sunday, April 15. Host Reba McEntire, who is returning for a 16th year, is opting not to broach the subject.

“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,” Reba told Us.

The evening, that will see highly- anticipated performances from Carrie Underwood, Miranda lambert, Alan Jackson, Blake Shelton, Kelly Clarkson, Toby Keith and the Queen herself, Reba, is taking a lighter approach to the country party.

“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.’”

Don’t miss the 53rd ACM Awards when they air live from Las Vegas on April 15 at 8p.m. on CBS.