The 53rd Annual CMA Awards will return to Nashville on Nov. 13 with some new hosts. Carrie Underwood will serve as host for the 12th consecutive year, while Reba McEntire and Dolly Parton will join as special guest hosts.

According to a press release, McEntire and Parton will share hosting duties with Underwood in “celebrating legendary women in country music.” Combined, the three women hold 124 CMA Awards nominations and 22 total wins. Eleven of those wins are for female vocalist of the year.

“It’s an incredible honor to welcome Carrie, Reba and Dolly to the CMA Awards stage this year,” says Sarah Trahern, CMA Chief Executive Officer, in a statement. “In addition to awarding the year’s best and brightest in the genre, ‘The 53rd Annual CMA Awards’ will celebrate the legacy of women within Country Music, and we couldn’t think of a more dynamic group of women to host the show.”

The CMA Awards broadcasts live from Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on Nov. 13 at 8/7c on ABC. Nominees for the awards show will be revealed on Aug. 28.

This marks the 12th consecutive year Underwood will serve as co-host for the show, which has the country singer tying Vince Gill, who hosted or co-hosted the CMAs 12 years in a row from 92-03. Additionally, McEntire and Parton are previous CMA Awards hosts. Parton hosted the CMAs in 1988 while McEntire hosted or co-hosted three years running, 90-92. Previously, McEntire hosted the ACM Awards earlier this year for the 16th time.

The news marks the first time in 11 years Brad Paisley won’t co-host the show with Underwood. Billboard has reached out to Paisley for comment. The singer recently shared his excitement on social media, writing, “As a fan of all 3 of these amazing women, I can’t wait to watch.”

 

Source: https://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/country/8527713/carrie-underwood-cma-awards-reba-mcentire-dolly