The CMA Awards called on country music star Luke Bryan to host the 2021 awards in November.
The Country Music Association and ABC announced Monday that Judge “American Idol” will host the show for the first time when it airs from Nashville, Tennessee on November 10.
“The CMA Awards are one of the biggest nights of the year for country music,” Bryan, 45, said in a statement. “Being invited to host the CMA Awards was definitely something I thought about a lot before responding. The pressure that comes with it can be overwhelming, but knowing that I can help honor and celebrate so many of my friends, I knew it was something I couldn’t refuse. “
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In addition to being the host, the Georgia-born singer is nominated in 2021 for is nominated this year along with Jordan Davis for Music Event of the Year. He has already won the CMA Artist of the Year award twice, making him a seasoned CMA winner. Now he will simply expand his role with the show as a host.
Although this is his first time as a headliner at the CMA Awards, Bryan has plenty of experience having been co-host for several years at the Academy of Country Music Awards, which are normally held in Las Vegas.
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It had been a long time since CMAs had 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 a co-host with Reba McEntire. Last year, the show made a difference when it hosted Dolly Parton and McEntire alongside Darius Rucker.
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This year’s show sparked a bit of controversy when it was announced that country singer Morgan Wallen would be eligible for some awards, but not for the show’s top honors. After controversy involving his use of a racial slur, Wallen will not be eligible for individual artist categories, such as Artist of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year, according to Catharine McNelly, spokesperson. of the CMA.
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Bryan showed some support for Wallen in August after the beleaguered singer caught him on stage during a performance in Nashville, TN.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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