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Dolly Parton Is 'Excited' to Be Hosting CMA Awards with Reba McEntire and Carrie Underwood

Junie Sihlangu
Aug 20, 2019
04:00 P.M.

Carrie Underwood will be joined by some iconic country singers to guest-host the Country Music Association (CMA) Awards this year. The guest-hosts took to social media to share their reactions to the news.

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Country singer Carrie Underwood will be hosting the CMA Awards for the 12th time since 2008. However, Brad Paisley fans will be disappointed to hear that this will the first time he won’t be co-hosting.

In his place, country music legends will be guest-hosting the 53rd annual CMA Awards. Fans will get two hosts instead of one: Dolly Parton and Reba McEntire.

Dolly Parton at the 51st Academy of Country Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 3, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada | Photo: Getty Images

Dolly Parton at the 51st Academy of Country Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 3, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada | Photo: Getty Images

PARTON REACTS TO HER GUEST-HOSTING GIG

Parton reacted to the news by sharing an official announcement by the awards show on Twitter. She wrote: "Let’s go girls! I’m so excited to be joining @carrieunderwood and @reba to celebrate the legendary women of country music as a guest host of this year’s #CMAawards on November 13.”

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McEntire has had the pleasure of hosting the CMA Awards for three years before Underwood. She hosted the awards show from 1990 to 1992.

Reba McEntire at the Build Studio on February 20, 2019 in New York City | Photo: Getty Images

Reba McEntire at the Build Studio on February 20, 2019 in New York City | Photo: Getty Images

"CAN'T WAIT TO JOIN UNDERWOOD AND PARTON"

One of the times she hosted with Randy Travis, and another time Vince Gill joined her, and she once hosted all by herself. She’s also hosted the ACM Awards 16 times!

Sharing a video announcement of hers and Parton’s role in the upcoming awards show, McEntire wrote: “Can’t wait to join @carrieunderwood and @DollyParton at this year’s #CMAawards!!!” Girls will be ruling the show this year!

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CMA NOMINEES WILL BE ANNOUNCED ON WEDNESDAY

The association revealed the news of the three hosts early on Monday morning. The CMA’s and Underwood have both said nothing of Paisley’s exit so far.

On Wednesday, the nominees for the CMA Awards will be announced. The announcement will be made during ABC’s “Good Morning America” from their Times Square studio in New York and via Livestream following the broadcast.

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CMA WELCOMES COUNTRY SINGING ICONS ON STAGE

Underwood, Parton, and McEntire have received 124 CMA nominations and 22 wins between them. Eleven of the wins are from the Female Vocalist of the Year category.

Parton and McEntire are also Country Music Hall of Fame members. Speaking of the legends joining the lineup CMA Chief Executive Officer Sarah Trahern stated: "It's an incredible honor to welcome Carrie, Reba and Dolly to the CMA Awards stage this year."

She added:

“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."

PARTON'S HUSBAND NOT "NECESSARILY" A FAN OF HER MUSIC

Parton might have several loyal fans under her belt but at the beginning of the year, she revealed her husband, Carl Dean, wasn’t “necessarily” one of them. The country singer shared the news during an interview on “Good Morning Britain” where she discussed the premiere of “9 to 5: The Musical” in London’s West End.

The 53rd annual CMA Awards will air live from Nashville's Bridgestone Arena on November 13, at 8:00 p.m. ET on ABC.

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