It will mark the first time hosting for Luke Bryan, a two-time CMA Entertainer of the Year
Luke Bryan has signed on to host the 55th CMA Awards, the Country Music Association and ABC announced Monday morning.
It will mark the first time hosting for Bryan, a two-time CMA Entertainer of the Year.
"The CMA Awards is one of the biggest nights of the year for country music," Bryan said in a news release. "Being asked to host the CMA Awards was definitely something I put a lot of thought into before answering. The pressure that comes along with that can be overwhelming, but knowing I get to help honor and celebrate so many of my friends, I knew it was something I couldn't turn down."
He continued: "Growing up in Georgia, I remember watching Vince Gill, Reba, Brooks & Dunn, Kenny Rogers, Barbara Mandrell, to name a few. They were so good. And then becoming a part of this amazing country music family and sitting on the front row while Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood and Darius Rucker took the reins, all of these artists are heroes and friends, and I am honored to have my name included in this group. I'm looking forward to making it fun and memorable and using this platform to continue to make country music shine."
It's been a long time since CMAs have had a single host. Co-hosts Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley had a 10-year run together starting in 2008. In 2019, Underwood returned as co-host with Reba McEntire, and Dolly Parton and McEntire hosted with Darius Rucker last year.
The show will be broadcast live from Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. Performers and presenters are expected to be announced in the coming weeks.
Chris Stapleton and Eric Church led the nominations announced last month, both vying in the same five categories, including entertainer of the year. Stapleton has nominations in male vocalist, album of the year, single and song of the year, and could take home additional trophies as producer both on his album and single. Church, who put out a three-part album in April collectively called "Heart & Soul," also earned five nominations.
They join Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood and Luke Combs as entertainer of the year nominees. Lambert, who is also nominated for female vocalist and musical event, was already the most nominated female artist in CMA history and now ties with Brad Paisley for third in overall nominations, the CMA said in a news release.
Don't miss the 55th annual CMA Awards on ABC Wednesday, Nov. 10, at 8/7c
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The Associated Press contributed to this report.