Brad Paisley Leaving CMA Awards Hosting Gig

Carrie Underwood Takes Over with Reba McEntire and Dolly Parton

After 11 years, Brad Paisley is finally leaving the CMA Awards stage.

He and Carrie Underwood have hosted the show together since 2008. And they did so year after year for the past 11 shows. But this year, Carrie Underwood will be sharing the hosting duties with special guest hosts Reba McEntire and Dolly Parton.

So the 53rd Annual CMA Awards will be celebrating all legendary women in country music throughout the ceremony when the show broadcasts live from Bridgestone Arena in Nashville Wednesday, Nov. 13 at 8/7c on the ABC.

Between them, the three hosts hold 124 CMA Awards nominations and 22 total wins, 11 for female vocalist of the year.

And as a fan, Paisley admits that he cannot wait to see how well these three do on the big night.

While Underwood hasn’t penned a personal post about the news yet, Parton and McEntire have shared their thoughts about the big announcement.

The final nominees for this year’s show will be announced Aug. 28.

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