Country Sensation Reba McEntire

Celebrities, Celebrity Q&A, People
on May 16, 2004

I saw where Reba McEntire is hosting the Academy of Country Music Awards. How does she find time to do it all?

—Joanie M., California

McEntire, who will host the ACMs in Las Vegas at 8 p.m. ET May 26 on CBS, also stars in the WB sitcom Reba and released her new CD, Room To Breathe, in 2003. “I am a mom first,” says McEntire, who has one son, Shelby. “I drive carpool and then head to the studio where the Reba show is shot. I recorded Room to Breathe last summer during my hiatus from the TV show. The show stops taping between mid-March through July. This year I’ll be touring about 35 cities during my hiatus, which I think will be great fun to get back out in front of live audiences and do my music again.” McEntire says she loves hosting the ACMs because the three-hour show is live. “You have a script and know who all is performing and presenting, but things are constantly changing. Someone’s acceptance speech goes longer or shorter than expected and all of a sudden the show is behind or ahead, so we’re constantly backstage making adjustments. And at the ACMs, there is always someone who steps on that stage and delivers a performance that takes their career to another level. That’s always great to see.”