Carrie Underwood announced on social media that she will not host the CMA Awards in 2020. The American Idol season 4 winner had co-hosted the premiere country music awards event for 12 straight years.
Country singer Brad Paisley shared hosting duties of the CMA’s with Carrie for 11 seasons, beginning in 2008. For the 2019 awards show, Carrie co-hosted the show as part of a trio of female country music legends that included Dolly Parton and Reba McEntire. Now the country superstar is ready to pass the torch to a new generation. Read her message below:
One of the highlights of 2019 and of my entire career so far was being on stage with the legends that are Reba and Dolly Parton. I’m so proud that we could celebrate the incredible female artists that are part of the legacy of country music, past, present and future, and I’m thankful for the huge audiences all over the world that tuned in to see it. It’s hard to believe that it was my 12th year hosting and I will always treasure every show, from the 11 that I was so lucky to do with my partner in crime and friend for life, Brad Paisley, to sharing the stage with two of my all-time heroes. I’m so incredibly grateful to everyone involved with the CMA Awards all these years. It’s hard to imagine topping what we have accomplished together, so I’ve decided that it’s time to pass the hosting torch (at least for now!) to others that will cherish it and honor it as much as I do. I’ve got so many exciting things coming in the new year and beyond, and I can’t wait to see what the future has in store for all of us. #blessed #MemorableMoments
I’m not surprised that Carrie decided to move on from CMA hosting duties after 12 seasons. I am surprised that she made the announcement before the new year even began! I am curious about Carrie’s thought process. Maybe Carrie’s exit was a mutual decision between her and the CMA producers. In other words, CMA producers are ready to move on as well.