Prior to the start of the Academy of Country Music Awards, country music fans were worried about how political the show would get.
Some even threatened to turn it off if politics took precedent over the celebration of country music:
@ACMawards I will turn this show off the second it gets political, tired of this crap.
— Joyce Dietrich (@TonkCatLady) April 15, 2018
However, unlike the Country Music Awards, which took place in November 2017, the ACMs and its host, Reba McEntire, made little to no political remarks throughout the entire three hour show.
Reba used her opening monologue to make fun of the most popular country music artists, including herself:
— ACM Awards (@ACMawards) April 16, 2018
Viewers thanked Reba for keeping the show about the music and the entertainment:
Enjoying watching the #ACM awards tonight. No political agenda, great music, and awards. Simple as it may seen, it’s definitely refreshing. Oh yeah, Carrie too! Good stuff!
— Chris Glasscock ??♂️??♂️ (@ctopher73) April 16, 2018
I watching ACM awards which are entertaining and not political like Kimmel crap… plus artists are grateful
— Maxine AG (@maxine41823) April 16, 2018
@ACMawards Thank you ACM Awards for not getting political and allowing everyone a few hours of pure musical bliss
Thank you for being classy and respectful. Its one of the reasons I love country. Good clean classy respectable fun.
— ??Trump Strong?? (@AmericanAsIs) April 16, 2018
#ACM awards And TY no political stances jokes etc! Class for sure!
— Karyn Jo (@sunnyshalom_) April 16, 2018
Congratulations to all of the performers, hosts at the classy ACM AWARDS! All great entertainment with not one political statement so far. Im proud of our Country Music Stars putting on a great show worth watching! ????????
— Geri Walker (@GeriWalker12) April 16, 2018
Great job ACM classy show. No political mess. Just good music ????❤️
— Kat Ansley (@KatAnsley1) April 16, 2018
So far ACM Awards have been nothing short of spectacular. NO political statements just pure entertainment. Breath of fresh air. #AMCROCKS
— Delorah McDonald (@mdelorah) April 16, 2018
— Katie? (@_katie_014) April 16, 2018
So the #ACMawards have been on for over an hour and unless i missed it, I haven’t heard one political “joke.” How refreshing.
— Lori Latimer (@lorilatimer) April 16, 2018
#ACMawards Not one political attack or promotion of a movement or bashing of a company or organization… This is real music awards
— Bob Reynolds (@FiremanBob84) April 16, 2018
I love that i haven’t heard anyone’s political views, just great music. Thanks #ACMawards
— andrea riccio (@Andie55555) April 16, 2018
What did you think of the ACM Awards?