October 2, 2008
This is certainly some good news:
NASHVILLE – The reigning CMA Male and Female Vocalists of the Year, Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood, will unite to host “The 42nd Annual CMA Awards.” This is the first time that either artist will have hosted “Country Music’s Biggest NightTM.” “The 42nd Annual CMA Awards” airs live from the Sommet Center in Nashville, Wednesday, Nov. 12 (8:00-11:00 PM/ET) on the ABC Television Network.
“We are excited to have our reigning Male and Female Vocalist host the CMA Awards this year,” said Tammy Genovese, CMA Chief Executive Officer. “In addition to their musical talent, Brad’s quick wit and Carrie’s gracefulness will serve them well in this role. CMA is happy to offer both of them their first opportunity to host a nationally televised network awards show. ”
In addition to their hosting duties, Paisley and Underwood will also perform on “The CMA Awards.” Previously announced performers include Brooks & Dunn, Kenny Chesney, Alan Jackson, Miranda Lambert, George Strait, Sugarland, Taylor Swift, and Keith Urban, with more performers to be announced soon.
“I’m thrilled to have this opportunity to host the Awards show,” says Paisley. “We’re going to have a good time – start to finish.”
“I am so excited to host a show I grew up watching, and am so thrilled to spend this night with the fans and Brad,” says Underwood. “It’s going to be a party!”
Underwood toured with Paisley in 2006, and the two became fast friends. The artists, who are both members of the Grand Ole Opry, reunited last year to record the duet “Oh Love” for Paisley’s most recent album, 5th Gear.
It’s about time for some new blood. When the nineties boom hit, there were plenty of young artists hosting the CMA and ACM awards. For all of this decade, it’s been nineties artists, too. Heck, Reba McEntire has been hosting these shindigs on and off since the eighties.
Paisley and Underwood both represent country music well, are committed to the genre’s history, and are at the top of their game. The show hasn’t really felt like the CMA’s since Vince Gill stopped hosting. Maybe they can bring some of the magic back.