Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood return as CMA Awards hosts

Country superstars Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood will be returning to host “Country Music’s Biggest Night for the seventh consecutive time in 2014. The 48th Annual CMA Awards airs live from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on Wednesday, November 5th from 8-11 pm ET/PT on the ABC Television Network.

The popular pair used CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rockwhich ranked No. 1 across all key demos on Tuesday, scoring its second highest numbers in the past five years, to make the announcement when the concert special aired last night (August 5th) on ABC. In the segment, Paisley and Underwood answered CMA Awards trivia questions posed by Little Big Town (spoiler alert: Underwood wins).

“Carrie and Brad are unmatched as a hosting team,” said Sarah Trahern, CMA Chief Executive Officer. “They have impeccable comic timing, industry credibility, critical acclaim, and a natural rapport that makes them popular with our live audience and the viewers at home. We are delighted to have them presiding over “Country Music’s Biggest Night.’”

“Brad and Carrie are more than hosts, they are an important part of the CMA Awards brand.”

“Brad and Carrie are more than hosts, they are an important part of the CMA Awards brand,” said CMA Awards Executive Producer Robert Deaton. “They bring so much to the table beyond what you see on stage during the broadcast. They are gifted creative collaborators, who routinely raise the bar and set the standard for live television hosting.”

“Over time, there’s been an evolution of who we are as hosts of the show – what fits, what’s comfortable, what’s real,” added Underwood, “and we love being a part of the creative team. We feel the responsibility of what this night means to our music community, to our fellow artists and to the viewers at home.”

“Shoot, we’ve written a bunch of the jokes every year. This’ll just be the first time we have to pay union dues,” said Paisley.

 

The CMA Awards nominees and winners are determined by more than 7,000 professional members of CMA, which was the first trade organization formed to promote an individual genre of music in 1958. Winners of “The 48th Annual CMA Awards” will be determined in a final round of voting by eligible members of CMA. CMA Awards balloting is officiated by the international accounting firm of Deloitte & Touche LLP. The eligibility period for the 2013 CMA Awards is July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014.

The second ballot will be emailed to CMA members on Tuesday, August 12th. Voting for the second ballot closes Friday, August 22nd at 5 pm CT.

The final nominees in each of the 12 categories will be announced in early September. The third and final ballot will be emailed to CMA members on Thursday, October 9th. Voting for the CMA Awards final ballot ends Monday, October 27th at 5 pm CT.

Ticket information for the CMA Awards will be announced later this summer with information available at CMAawards.com.

Author: Buddy Iahn

Buddy Iahn founded The Music Universe when he decided to juxtapose his love of web design and music. As a lifelong drummer, he decided to take a hiatus from playing music to report it. The website began as a fun project in 2013 to one of the top independent news sites.

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