The Country Music Association has announced that Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley will host the 2018 CMA Awards, marking the 11th year in a row the duo have shared the stage for the annual award show known as “Country Music’s Biggest Night.”
While the hosts are set, CMA awards nominees have yet to be announced. Luke Bryan, Sugarland and Dan+Shay will announce some of the artists up for awards on Aug. 28. The announcements will be broadcast live on Good Morning America from Bryan’s brand new restaurant, Luke’s 32 Bridge Food + Drink, located in downtown Nashville’s Lower Broadway. Additional nominees will be announced online and on Good Morning America’s Facebook Live and YouTube channels.
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Last year’s CMA Awards were marked by memorable moments both on and off stage. Sturgill Simpson made headlines for busking and answering questions outside the awards show. Inside the arena, there was a show-stopping performance by Miranda Lambert, a surprise appearance by Eddie Montgomery to honor his late bandmate Troy Gentry and Carrie Underwood’s moving and dignified tribute to Route 91 victims.
Chris Stapleton, Miranda Lambert and Little Big Town were all big winners at last year’s ceremony, with Garth Brooks taking home the trophy for Entertainer of the Year.
The CMA Awards performances will be announced in the coming months. With a new album coming out on Sept. 14, it’s likely that Underwood will add performing on top of her hosting duties. The singer recently celebrated her 10-year anniversary as a member of the Grand Ole Opry. Paisley recently took part in an upcoming Roger Miller tribute album.
Whatever they have planned, we can expect lots of jokes and high energy from the longtime hosts.
The 52nd annual CMA Awards will take place at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, Nov. 14 and will air on ABC at 7 p.m. CT.
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