ACM Nominee Ashley McBryde Prepares To Fan Girl Over Host Reba McEntire 

“She’s always so nice and so down to earth,” said McBryde


Madeleine O’Connell

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May 15, 2024


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When the ACM Awards roll around each year, it ends up feeling like what Ashley McBryde describes as “summer camp” because it involves an abundance of country stars all gathering in one place to celebrate each other. 

“It’s wonderful. I just saw Lainey (Wilson) in the hallway, and we were hugging,” said McBryde. “I don’t know if all genres get together specifically to celebrate one another but country music does. We just find so many reasons to get dressed up in a room and clap for each other.”

This year, McBryde finds herself in good company among her fellow Female Artist of the Year nominees – Kacey Musgraves, Kelsea Ballerini, Megan Moroney and Lainey Wilson. And she will especially be championing the host of the 59th Academy of Country Music Awards, Reba McEntire

Looking Forward To Reba’s Many Wardrobe Changes

The Arkansas native admitted that she has to be “so careful” around McEntire as she may not be able to help herself from fangirling over the country music icon. 

“She’s always so nice and so down to earth,” McBryde explained before sharing her excitement over all of the “I’m A Survivor” singer’s wardrobe changes throughout the evening. 

“I went to the live show last year and her wardrobe changing is amazing. And you all know that that moment is coming in ‘Fancy’ where it becomes the little red piece, but you’re all just like, it’s going to happen any minute. It’s going to happen, and then it happens and you’re like, yes. That was it.”

Ashley McBryde To Present At ACM Awards For The First Time

Ashley McBryde; ACM Awards presenter
Ashley McBryde; ACM Awards presenter

In addition to attending as a powerhouse nominee, Ashley McBryde will also be presenting for the very first time and promises to “throw in a little joke” into her on-stage moment. 

This Thursday, May 16, the 2024 ACM Awards will be available to stream live at 8 p.m. EDT / 7 p.m. CDT / 5 p.m. PDT exclusively on Prime Video. For this special occasion, fans who do not have a Prime membership can still stream the show for FREE on

For fans hoping to secure a seat for the show on Thursday, May 16, there are still a limited number of tickets available for purchase. 

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Madeleine O’Connell graduated from North Central College with a bachelors degree in Journalism and Broadcast Communications before deciding to pursue her studies further at DePaul University. There, she earned her masters degree in Digital Communication & Media Arts. O’Connell served as a freelance writer for over two years while also interning with the Academy of Country Music, SiriusXM and Circle Media and assisting with Amazon Music’s Country Heat Weekly podcast. In addition to Country Now, she has been published in American Songwriter, Music Mayhem, and Holler.Country. Madeleine O’Connell is a member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.