The CMA Awards will once again be hosted by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood. The country superstars' return to the awards show was announced Thursday in a press release by ABC, which will broadcast the 52nd Annual CMA Awards on Wednesday, Nov. 14.
2018 will be Paisley and Underwood's eleventh time serving as co-hosts of the Country Music Association Awards. The duo made their CMA Awards hosting debut in 2008, taking over from Brooks & Dunn, who had hosted the ceremony from 2004 to 2006 (there was no official CMA Awards host in 2007). Clearly, the charisma and banter of Underwood and Paisley have resonated with the country music community, because they keep being invited back for what's now a decade of work and counting. Taste of Country recently collected some of Paisley and Underwood's best CMA Awards moments; play the video above to check out the highlights of their hosting career, which they'll certainly add to in November.
Also on Thursday, ABC revealed that CMA Awards nominations will be announced on Tuesday, Aug. 28 on the network's morning show "Good Morning America" and online via ABC News.
Luke Bryan, who currently serves as a judge on ABC's "American Idol," will announce "nominees in select categories" from his Nashville restaurant, Luke's 32 Bridge Food and Drink. Bryan will be joined by Sugarland and Dan + Shay to handle the televised nominations, which presumably will be in the awards show's bigger categories; the rest of the nominees will be posted online at the CMA Awards website following the TV appearance. Given that Bryan, Sugarland and Dan + Shay have all been nominated for multiple CMA Awards in the past, it's possible that they could be reading their own names, or even announcing a nomination or two for Brad Paisley or Carrie Underwood.
But whoever the nominees are, the CMA Awards hosts will remain the same, and that's an impressive consistency for one of country music's biggest awards shows. Something is obviously working with Underwood and Paisley at the helm, so why not stick with the pairing music fans know and love?
The 52nd Annual CMA Awards take place Wednesday, Nov. 14 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC. Music fans can also get tickets to see Carrie Underwood live this fall through AXS:
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