McEntire, 63, told PBS’ Amna Nawaz she was disappointed that a woman wasn't nominated for Country Music Award’s Entertainer of the Year.
“Disappointing. Didn't surprise me,” she said. “But when anything like that happens, I just know us gals got to — we got to work harder. We got to support each other. We have got to get in there next year. It's got to change.”
The “Does He Love You” singer then defined what she considers “bro culture” in country music.
“Well, it's the bro trend. You know, 'Hey, bro, let's go down to the river and catch some fish.' And everybody's good old boys. And that's the bro — bro music,” she told PBS.
“I think it's kind of going away from that a little bit,” the crooner continued. “I would really like it to get back to the real strong country, the country of Merle Haggard, Conway Twitty, Ronnie Milsap, Mel Tillis. I miss that kind of country.”
McEntire acknowledged that she's had to make a lot of sacrifices in order to advance her career in the industry.
“You have to stay away from home a lot. You have to leave your kids home with a nanny. You have to say no to a lot of great things that you would get to do at home and with family. Like missing your kid's championship hockey game. You can't be there because you're shooting a movie in L.A.,” McEntire said.
Asked if she would do it differently, the singer replied, “I don’t know.”
McEntire will again host the Academy of Country Music Awards on April 7.