Academy of Country Music to Look Into Diversity Issues

The last woman nominated for Entertainer of the Year at the ACMs was Carrie Underwood back in 2017. With nominations revealed for this year's awards, that makes it two years in a row that women have not been represented in the highly anticipated category.

In response to criticism by Reba McEntire and Luke Bryan, among others, the Academy of Country Music has established a diversity task force to "examine barriers and biases affecting women and underrepresented groups in country music" and "provide constructive recommendations about where progress can be made within the academy as well as the industry at large," according to ACM CEO Pete Fisher.

McEntire, who will host the event on April 7 in Las Vegas, said, "It doesn't make me very happy because we've got some very talented women out there who are working their butts off." She announced the nominees on CBS This Morning a few weeks ago. "I'm missing my girlfriends on this list."

The last time a woman won Entertainer of the Year was Taylor Swift in 2012. Since the award was established in 1971 -- 47 years of awards -- women have won only 10 times.

The task force follows in the footsteps of the Recording Academy, which organizes the Grammy Awards. It established its Diversity and Inclusion Task Force last year.

The nominees for this year's Entertainer of the Year are: Keith Urban, Kenny Chesney, Luke Bryan, Chris Stapleton and Jason Aldean.

 
 
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