Superstar Reba McEntire is speaking out on country music’s lack of acknowledgement for its female stars.
“We’ve gotta promote these younger females coming on,” the icon says in a new interview with PrideSource. “There’s a bunch that have been lost in the shuffle -- female singers -- that I don’t know they’ll get a second chance. We just need to get them on the radio.”
Sunday night’s Academy of Country Music Awards prominently featured the genre’s gents; the only female to be nominated for entertainer of the year was Miranda Lambert, who also showed her support for her female peers.
“It’s been good ol’ boy season right now, but it’ll change,” McEntire insists. “It’ll go back to more romantic, more females.”
McEntire has plenty of perspective on the topic of females in country music, her home for the last 40 years. During that time, she’s gained a large gay following. Earlier this year, she even attended her first gay wedding this year!
In February, the 60-year-old veteran celebrated with her newlywed friends, Michael and Steven, as the couple tied the knot in California.
“I don’t understand why people have a problem with it,” says McEntire, regarding gay marriage. “I’m a very spiritual person, but I don’t judge. I try not to; I’m only human. To each his own, and everybody is different. God did not make us all the same. So, I just pray for an open mind and a loving heart, and I think that’s all I can do.”
She encourages parents of gay and lesbian children to have an open mind as well, and says she wishes her recently released album, Love Somebody, was called Love Everybody.
“What a child needs when they’re growing up is support and love, mainly love. Love can go a long, long ways whether they’re gay or not,” McEntire says. “What a parent needs to do more than anything is jump in there with love and support. You made ’em. They’re a gift from God. Love ’em as they are.”
Read the full interview at PrideSource and watch below to find out which Magic Mike star McEntire is crushing on: