After Reba Refuses To Trash Trump, Reason Tim Faith Skipped ACMs Surfaces

As the country music community came together on Sunday evening for the Academy of Country Music (ACM) Awards,

Reba McEntire hosts the Academy of Country Music Awards on Sunday, April 15, 2018 (left); Faith Hill and Tim McGraw at The BBC on March 8, 2018, in London, England (right)

Reba McEntire refused to fly the partisan flag by trashing President Donald Trump, and now, we know why Tim McGraw and Faith Hill were conspicuously absent for the awards.

The ACM Awards were marked by Reba McEntire’s hilarious hosting antics, Carrie Underwood’s triumphant return to the stage, and a noticeable departure from the political dialogue which almost always accompanies these sorts of events. But, there was something else missing that’s now garnering attention.

Every time a country music awards show rolls around, there are certain stars you can count on seeing. Tim McGraw and Faith Hill are two of those. McGraw and Hill have been awarded show fixtures for decades. As a couple, McGraw and Hill have performed at many of these events.

So, when it came time for the 2018 ACM Awards, it was expected that McGraw and Hill would show up. Although they weren’t slated to give a live performance, the couple was nominated for Vocal Duo of the Year. This nomination was notable since McGraw and Hill were the only “nonofficial” duo nominated in the category. Other nominees included Florida Georgia Line and Dan + Shay, who haven’t been on the scene nearly as long as McGraw and Hill.

The award ended up going to Brothers Osborne for the second year in a row and was presented before the ceremony. But, even though it wasn’t broadcast, fans had expected to see McGraw and Hill at some point during the night. By the time the last star walked the blue carpet, though, everyone had noticed that McGraw and Hill were missing.According to Country Music Nation, the “favorite place” McGraw was referring to is the Bahamas, where the couple owns a private island and luxurious vacation home. They often retreat to their own personal tropical paradise for rest and relaxation.

Then, viewers noticed that McGraw and Hill were not at the ceremony itself, either. Usually, the cameras would at least show them sitting in the audience together. So, once the show wrapped up, questions starting pouring in. Where were Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, and why weren’t they at the ACM Awards?

Finally, McGraw offered an explanation in the form of a photo he posted on Instagram Monday. The snapshot shows McGraw and Hill in swimwear, with McGraw sitting in ocean water, his back to a rock wall, while Hill plants a kiss on his forehead. “Hangin wit my girl… in our favorite place,” the singer captioned the stunning picture.