American Idol season 4 winner Carrie Underwood will host The 53rd Annual CMA Awards with special guest hosts and Country Music Hall of Fame members Reba McEntire and Dolly Parton, celebrating legendary women in Country Music throughout the ceremony. The CMA Awards 2019 will broadcast live from Bridgestone Arena in Nashville Wednesday, Nov. 13 at 8/7c on the ABC Television Network.
For the first time, Carrie will co-host the CMA awards without her partner-in-crime Brad Paisley. Carrie and Brad co-hosted the awards from 2008-20018. That’s 11 consecutive broadcasts. It looks like the Country Music Association has decided to go with a “girl power” theme. All three artists are legendary artists in the country music world.
Combined, the three hosts hold 124 CMA Awards nominations and 22 total wins, 11 of which are for Female Vocalist of the Year. 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. Carrie has won seven CMA Awards, has sold 64 million records worldwide and recorded 26 No. 1 singles, 13 of which she co-wrote.
Regardless, female country music artists are STILL woefully underrepresented on country radio. A trio of famous and well respected female artists hosting the premiere country music awards broadcast is a terrific idea. But it won’t influence the good ole boys in suits who ultimately make the decisions.
“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 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.”
Final nominees for The 53rd Annual CMA Awards will be announced Wednesday, Aug. 28 live during ABC’s Good Morning America from their Times Square studio in New York and via livestream following the broadcast.