On Monday, the CMA Awards revealed that Carrie Underwood wouldn’t be hosting the awards with her trusted on-screen host Brad Paisley. Now Paisley has shared his thoughts on the announcement.
Instead, she will be joined by country music legends Dolly Parton and Reba McEntire. On Monday, Paisley took to Twitter to reveal how he felt about the news.
While sharing a promo clip that announced Parton and McEntire as Underwood’s co-hosts, Paisley wrote: "As a fan of all 3 of these amazing women, I can’t wait to watch.” However, he didn’t elaborate as to why he was sitting this year out.
Despite the change, both Parton and McEntire are keen on co-hosting with Underwood for the first time. It isn’t clear if the pair will be making an annual appearance for the awards.
Parton shared a promo image featuring herself and her co-hosts and captioned it sharing how she felt about her new role. 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.”
McEntire also took to Twitter with the same promo video Paisley shared and wrote: “Can’t wait to join @carrieunderwood and @DollyParton at this year’s #CMAawards!!!”
The nominees for the awards will be announced on Wednesday during ABC’s “Good Morning America” from their Times Square studio in New York and via Livestream following the broadcast.
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.
In a press release, CMA CEO Sarah Trahern said: “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."
The 2019 CMA Awards will air live from Nashville's Bridgestone Arena on November 13, at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.