The 53rd Annual CMA Awards, to be televised live on ABC on Nov. 13, will include a special celebration of women in country music, with country legends Dolly Parton and Reba McEntire appearing as special guest hosts.
They will be joining host Carrie Underwood, who has co-hosted the CMA Awards since 2008. The ceremony takes place at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.
“Combined, the three hosts hold 124 CMA Awards nominations and 22 total wins, 11 of which are for Female Vocalist of the Year,” ABC said in an announcement released today. “In addition, the three superstars hold a combined 14 nominations in the Entertainer of the Year category, with Parton receiving the award in 1978 and McEntire winning in 1986.”
Sarah Trahern, CMA chief executive officer, commented: “It’s an incredible honor to welcome Carrie, Reba and Dolly to the CMA Awards stage this year. 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.”
But the biggest news in the ABC announcement may be what it doesn’t say. The announcement does not mention Brad Paisley, who has co-hosted the CMA Awards along with Underwood for the past 11 years.
CMT reports that Paisley is ending his run on the show, adding: “And as a fan, Paisley admits that he cannot wait to see how well these three do on the big night.”
Final nominees for the awards will be announced live Aug. 28 during ABC’s “Good Morning America.”
“The 53rd Annual CMA Awards” is a production of the Country Music Association. Robert Deaton is the executive producer. Alex Rudzinski is the director, and David Wild is the head writer.