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Luke Bryan Supports Reba McEntire Calling Out Gender Disparity In ACM Nominees

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Luke Bryan has come forward in support of Reba McEntire's decision to speak out about lack of female nominees for Entertainer of the Year at the upcoming ACM Awards.

All five nominees for the ACM Awards Entertainer of the Year are men, with Bryan being one of the nominees.

"It's something the country music community has taken note of, that women artists aren't being truly recognized like they need to, and it's something on everybody's radar," Bryan told BuzzFeed News.

"I think Reba has earned the right to voice her opinion on matters like that. Somebody like Reba has to stand up and say to the Academy of Country Music and all forms of country music award shows," he added. "It does get a little bit tricky when it is a naturally male-heavy format...There's so many women out there that should feel the right to speak up."

McEntire, who is set to host the 2019 ACM Awards this year, announced the nominees on "CBS This Morning."

"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 in an interview. "I'm missing my girlfriends on this list."

The 2019 ACM Awards will air live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 7, at 8 pm ET on CBS.

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