Who's the lucky designer to dress Reba McEntire at this year's Academy of Country Music Awards? Reba McEntire. The country icon is designing all of her own gowns for the awards show, which she will host on April 5.

"The hardest thing for me [about hosting] is probably finding the right thing to wear," she tells PEOPLE magazine. "People will say, 'Just go down and buy something!' It's hard to do that because you don't want to be wearing something when you're hosting that somebody in the front row has on too."

McEntire is teaming with her longtime stylist terry Gordon to design five different outfits for the evening. She's hinting that all will be quite formal, and she hopes her peers will ditch the boots and jeans and go a little more glamorous themselves.

"I saw that on the Grammys and Oscars, everyone was more buttoned up, a little more classy -- elegant," she says. "I'm hoping that's how it's going to be at the ACMs also."