"I wouldn’t put up with somebody for two years if I wasn’t in love with ’em!" Reba McEntire told PEOPLE of her boyfriend Anthony “Skeeter” Lasuzzo

By Dana Rose Falcone
April 07, 2019 07:10 PM
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The host has arrived!

Reba McEntire and her boyfriend Anthony “Skeeter” Lasuzzo hit the red carpet at the 2019 ACM Awards on Sunday. The couple was all smiles as they posed for photos together, with McEntire twirling her fringed burgundy dress around for photographers.

“I am feeling great,” McEntire, 64, told PEOPLE on the carpet. “We’ve had a wonderful run-through; the show is going to be spectacular. We have so much music. Two for the price of one this year!”

As for which performance she’s most looking forward to?

“George Strait and Miranda Lambert,” she revealed. “Oh my gosh, between the two of them, they’ve won so many awards and have so many hit records. It’s a spectacular moment.”

Rebe McEntire and boyfriend Anthony “Skeeter” Lasuzzo at the 2019 ACM Awards.
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The “Turn on the Radio” singer met the retired oil geologist in 2017 through her longtime pal and fellow country star Kix Brooks. She and Lasuzzo made their red carpet debut at the 2018 Grammys and now after two years together, they’re completely in love.

“I wouldn’t put up with somebody for two years if I wasn’t in love with ’em!” McEntire, hosting the ACMs for the 16th time, told PEOPLE in this week’s cover story. “It’s very important!”

Be sure to check out PEOPLE’s full ACM Awards coverage to get the latest news on music’s biggest night.

McEntire and Lasuzzo at the 2018 Grammys
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McEntire split from Narvel Blackstock, her husband of 26 years and her longtime manager, four years ago. They share 29-year-old son Shelby.

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The country legend sings about the heartbreak on her new album, Stronger Than the Truth. But despite the difficult split, McEntire feels grateful for where her life stands today.

Reba McEntire hosts the 2019 ACMs
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“I’m thankful for where I am,” she says. “And I realize that anything can happen in the blink of an eye to change your circumstances. So to remain thankful and grateful for everything I have and can receive makes every heartache and hurtful thing that I’ve gone through seem like a book I’ve read.”

The 54th Academy of Country Music Awards are broadcasting live from Las Vegas on Sunday, April 7 at 8:00 p.m. ET/5:00 p.m. PT on CBS.

To catch country’s biggest stars hitting the red carpet, tune in to Red Carpet Live: 54th Academy of Country Music Awards, kicking off at 6:30 p.m. EST and streaming live on PEOPLE.com, Facebook, Twitter, PeopleTV.com, or download the PeopleTV app on your favorite device.