Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood will host this year’s CMA Awards show taking place Nov. 10, it was announced Thursday morning (Aug. 26) in Nashville. The two became friends when Underwood went on tour as Paisley’s opening act, and this marks their third year to serve as co-hosts.
Following the announcement, Paisley and Underwood spoke with reporters about the upcoming show.
“I think it’s our Oscars. That’s the best way I can describe it,” Paisley said. “Country music is such a wide spectrum these days, and it really always has been. Any time someone is a new viewer, they are very pleasantly surprised at what they relate to — and what they like that they may have had no interest in prior. I think it’s the most important night of the year for country music for that reason alone. You reach all of these new people.”
“There’s so much talent in one room,” Underwood noted. “You won’t watch the performances and go away disappointed.”
Paisley has won 13 CMA Awards among his 49 nominations. He accepted his first one in 2000 when he won the Horizon Award, presented to new artists, and has been voted male vocalist for the last three years. He’s also claimed multiple wins in the musical event and video categories.
Underwood made her first CMA Awards appearance in 2005 when the ceremony took place in New York City. She has since won five CMA Awards, including the 2006 Horizon Award and three female vocalist awards, among her 11 nominations. However, neither artist has yet won the CMA’s entertainer of the year trophy.
A portion of this year’s CMA nominations will be announced on Tuesday (Aug. 31) in Nashville, while the remaining categories will be revealed on Wednesday (Sept. 1) on Good Morning America. The CMA Awards will be held at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.