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Carrie Underwood Thrilled to Host CMA with Icons Dolly Parton and Reba McEntire

Junie Sihlangu
Aug 22, 2019
08:40 A.M.

On Monday, the Country Music Association (CMA) revealed that the previous host of the awards would be returning for her hosting gig this year. The county singer has finally spoken up about the honor.

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The CMA Awards revealed that Carrie Underwood would be returning as the host of the event again. However, this year, she’ll be doing it without co-host Brad Paisley.

Instead, the organization revealed that her guest hosts would be two country music legends: Dolly Parton and Reba McEntire. Underwood has since taken to social media to share how she feels about the honor.

Carrie Underwood at the 2019 CMT Music Awards at Bridgestone Arena on June 05, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee | Photo: Getty Images

Carrie Underwood at the 2019 CMT Music Awards at Bridgestone Arena on June 05, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee | Photo: Getty Images

Sharing a poster by the CMA Awards that announced the three co-hosts, Underwood wrote: “So thankful to the @cma for wanting to honor the women of Country Music for this year’s #CMAAwards !” She continued: “I couldn’t be more excited to get to stand up there with 2 of my personal heroes... @reba and @dollyparton are trailblazers, icons and legends.”

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The country singer also revealed her plans for the event saying: “We’re gonna make Country Music proud on November 13th!” She ended her post with three hashtags: “#DreamComeTrue #WomenOfCountryMusic #Sheroes.”

Parton and McEntire also took to social media to react to the news. On Instagram, Parton wrote: “Talk about girl power… 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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She included the same poster Underwood used for her reaction. McEntire reacted to the news by retweeting a video announcement of the three hosts by the CMA Awards.

She simply captioned it: “Can’t wait to join @carrieunderwood and @DollyParton at this year’s #CMAawards!!!” Clearly, all three women are thrilled to be co-hosting together!

Underwood, Parton, and McEntire hold country music’s most awards for women. Between the three of them, they have 124 CMA Awards nominations and 22 wins.

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For the past 12 years, Underwood has co-hosted the awards show with fellow country singer Paisley. However, because this year’s focus is on women, Paisley won’t be taking part.

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He seemed to be taking the news well and recently tweeted, “As a fan of all 3 of these amazing women, I can’t wait to watch.” CMA CEO Sarah Trahern addressed the change of hosts in a press release.

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She said: "It’s an incredible honor to welcome Carrie, Reba, and Dolly to the CMA Awards stage this year." Trahern revealed that this year’s CMA Awards would be celebrating “the legacy of women within country music.”

She added that the association couldn’t have come up with a better selection of women to take the helms. The CMA Awards will take place on November 13 at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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