Reba McEntire will return to host the ACM Awards for the second year in a row in 2019, and ahead of the big night, the country star is sharing her thoughts on this year's nominees list. The country icon admits that she's disappointed in the lack of female nominees in the Entertainer of the Year category.

"It doesn't make me very happy because we've got some very talented women out there who are working their butts off," McEntire said after announcing a portion of the 2019 ACM Awards nominees on CBS on Wednesday morning (Feb. 20). “I’m missing my girlfriends on this list.”

Nominated for Entertainer of the Year nine times, McEntire won the prestigious honor at the 1994 ACMs, but it's been a heavily male-dominated category in the years since. The last female Entertainer of the Year was Taylor Swift in 2012; since the award was established in 1971, women have won it only 10 times.

In fact, no women have been nominated for Entertainer of the Year since 2017; the last time more than one woman was nominated in the category was 2014. The 2019 nominees are Keith Urban, Kenny Chesney, Luke Bryan, Chris Stapleton and Jason Aldean.

The 2019 ACM Awards are set to take place in Las Vegas, Nev., on April 7, and air live on CBS beginning at 8PM ET. The ceremony will take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

The Boot will be staying up late covering the most buzzed-about winners, fashion and moments at the 2019 ACM Awards. Readers can watch along with us by checking back to for the latest ACMs headlines, liking The Boot on Facebook and following The Boot on Twitter.

2019 ACM Awards: 7 Ways the Nominations Surprised Us

How Well Do You Know the ACM Awards?

More From 97.5 KGKL