On April 15, Reba McEntire will return to host the Academy of Country Music Awards for the 15th time. But even when she's not hosting, she's no stranger to the ACM Awards—in fact, Reba holds the title of most-nominated female artist of all time, with 47 nominations (she currently has 16 ACM Awards on her trophy shelf). In celebration of country music's leading lady, we're taking a look back at Reba's most memorable ACM Awards outfits through the years. Whether she's rocking a pantsuit, a poncho, or a sparkling gown, Reba is always the belle of the country music ball.
In 1985, Reba McEntire won Top Female Vocalist for the second time; she would go on to win the award a total of 7 times ( a special award for Most Female Vocalist Wins in 2005). This year, Reba is nominated in the category once again, for the 16th time.
Beading and shoulder pads and big hair, oh my! Reba went full '80s on the ACMs red carpet in 1986, which was also the first year she hosted, alongside alongside Mac Davis and John Schneider.
Reba posed with "God Bless the U.S.A." singer Lee Greenwood at the 22nd Annual Academy of Country Music Awards.
Reba proves her country cred in a fringed leather jacket accessorized with a big gold belt buckle.
At the 26th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards, Reba won Top Female Vocalist and Video of the Year for "Is There Life Out There."
Reba may be willing to get gussied up for award shows, but like any true country gal, she prefers her Levi's. "If I had to wear one outfit for the rest of my life, it'd be jeans and a long sleeve t-shirt or sweater," Reba once told Ikaroo.info. "And boots, gotta have my boots."
At the 30th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards, Reba kept it simple in a black skirt suit. That year, she won Top Female Vocalist and Entertainer of the Year.
Reba took to the stage to perform at the 31st Annual Academy of Country Music Awards.
In 1998, Reba walked the red carpet in a simple black dress and posed with Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn, who won Top Vocal Duo that year.
For her first year hosting the ACM Awards solo, Reba donned a cream dress with a matching purse and sash on the red carpet.
Reba walked the red carpet in a subtly sparkly purple dress with a mermaid style fit.
Reba was all smiles as she struck a pose on the red carpet in a sequined dress.
After gracing the red carpet, Reba took to the stage in buttoned-up blue gown with a full skirt.
Reba dazzled in a blue sequin number while accepting the Home Depot Humanitarian Award. "It's better to give than receive," she said in her speech.
Reba stunned in a plunging gold sequined gown by designer Carmen Marc Valvo in 2003.
Sticking with the halter dress theme, Reba also sported a stunning purple gown while hosting the 38th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards.
Casual yet comfortable was Reba's style M.O. while performing her song "Somebody" on stage in 2004.
Reba looked sleek and stunning in a LBD in 2004. She accessorized the floor length gown with a sparkling diamond necklace.
In 2005, Reba decided to ditch the dresses, wearing several different two-piece outfits. First up, she rocked this silky sleeveless top.
Reba was all smiles in a purple halter top and jeans.
Reba also rocked out in a sequined top and leather pants.
Way back when Carrie Underwood and Jason Aldean took home the awards for Top New Vocalists, Reba ditched her go-to curve hugging gowns for a dress with a big A-line skirt.
She also rocked a jewel-encrusted pant-and-jacket combo.
Long live the pantsuit! The country star was all business in a black jacket and trousers at the 42nd Annual Academy of Country Music Awards.
Reba proves black is not boring, sparkling from head to toe in a gorgeous black gown.
In 2009, Reba wore a memorable bright orange dress with a beaded bodice.
On the red carpet, Reba channeled her inner mermaid with an intricately designed sea-blue gown.
Blake Shelton took on co-host duties alongside Reba at the 46th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards. Although Blake kept it simple in a suit, Reba's dress shimmered in every color of the rainbow.
Although Blake stayed in the same outfit, Reba switched into a midnight blue gown with a fitted top and full skirt. That year, Blake's then-wife Miranda Lambert swept the awards, taking home Top Female Vocalist, Single of the Year, and Video of the Year for "The House That Built Me."
Reba took hold of the spotlight in a neutral-hued gown that was full of sparkle.