(Reuters) – Country music royalty turned out in force on Sunday for a glittering night of live performances and honors at the 54th annual Academy of Country Music awards.
Host Reba McEntire, marking a record 16th time in the job, wasted no time in addressing one of the evening’s touchy subjects – the lack of women nominees in some top categories.
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Noting recent snow in Las Vegas, where the awards were held in a live, performance-heavy broadcast, McEntire quipped “it was so cold it froze us women out of entertainer of the year.”
Grammy award album of the year winner Kacey Musgraves was glaringly absent from the all-male nominees top category.
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The honor went to Keith Urban, whose wife actress Nicole Kidman appeared genuinely shocked at his win.
But Musgraves took home both the album of the year and female artist of the year awards.
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Accepting the latter, Musgraves said “I’m so thankful for the chance to share my political perspective,” dedicating the award to women who felt pressure to silence themselves.
And women ruled the MGM Grand Garden Arena stage as Chrissy Metz,...
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