The 66-year-old entertainer shared the news with Billboard recently, saying that she was not coming back “to [her] knowledge” when asked if she would come back to emcee for another year.
“I do love doing awards shows,” she once told Taste of Country Nights in an interview. “They’re a lot of fun and exciting. It’s adrenaline-flowing.”
However, the Country Music Association confirmed that McEntire will not be hosting and will share who is hosting the show at the Bridgestone Arena in the coming weeks.
When asked for tips on how to be the best host, Reba told Taste of Country Nights, “You’ve got to be direct-able. Because if you’re running over, or running short … you’ve got to adapt to that. You can’t be locked into, ‘This is the way it’s going to be and there’s not going to be any changes.'”
McEntire has a long history of both hosting and attending the country music award shows. The 66-year-old made her hosting debut at the ACM Awards in 1986, where she continued to host the event on and off until 2019. As for the CMA Awards, Reba has been the emcee five times from 1990 to 2020. She’s also co-hosted shows with stars like Blake Shelton, Darius Rucker, and Randy Travis.
While she’s not hosting the biggest event in town this year, Reba has been busy promoting her new box set Revived Remixed Revisited that was released on Friday, October 8. Revived features new versions of McEntire’s most-performed songs and biggest hits; Remixed features the singer reimagining her songs with different collaborators; and Revisited is stripped down versions of some of her favorite songs she’s made.
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The 2021 CMA Awards will air LIVE from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on Wednesday, November 10th @ 8/7c on ABC.