Carrie Underwood Stepping Down As CMA Awards Host
Carrie Underwood announced on Monday that she is stepping down as host of the CMA Awards after 12 years.
In a message she shared on social media, the 36-year-old country star said she treasures the 11 times she co-hosted with Brad Paisley and this year’s show with co-hosts Reba McEntire and Dolly Parton.
“It’s hard to imagine topping what we have accomplished together, so I’ve decided that it’s time to pass the hosting torch (at least for now!) to others that will cherish it and honour it as much as I do,” Underwood wrote.
“I’ve got so many exciting things coming in the new year and beyond, and I can’t wait to see what the future has in store for all of us.”
Underwood and Paisley started hosting the CMA Awards in 2008. This year, Underwood was joined by McEntire and Parton as the CMAs paid tribute to female artists in country music.
Underwood has earned 35 nominations for CMA Awards since 2006 and has won nine.
View this post on Instagram
One of the highlights of 2019 and of my entire career so far was being on stage with the legends that are Reba and Dolly Parton. I’m so proud that we could celebrate the incredible female artists that are part of the legacy of country music, past, present and future, and I’m thankful for the huge audiences all over the world that tuned in to see it. It’s hard to believe that it was my 12th year hosting and I will always treasure every show, from the 11 that I was so lucky to do with my partner in crime and friend for life, Brad Paisley, to sharing the stage with two of my all-time heroes. I’m so incredibly grateful to everyone involved with the CMA Awards all these years. It’s hard to imagine topping what we have accomplished together, so I’ve decided that it’s time to pass the hosting torch (at least for now!) to others that will cherish it and honor it as much as I do. I’ve got so many exciting things coming in the new year and beyond, and I can’t wait to see what the future has in store for all of us. #blessed #MemorableMoments
Listen to music from Carrie Underwood
See Halsey perform ‘Graveyard’ like you've never heard it before, live from our offices!
We look back at some of the best bits that did *and didn't* make the cut - with bits from Niall Horan, Celine Dion, Lewis Capaldi, Jonas Brothers and many more!
Shawn Mendes stole our hearts uploading covers early in the decade, but quickly became the iconic singer/songwriter we love so much today. We look back on a decade that has truly been incredible for Shawn Mendes.
Has anyone had a bigger decade than Justin Bieber? We’ve watched our Canadian boy grow from fresh-faced prince of Bieber Fever, to full grown superstar over the last ten years, with iconic looks, songs and events that stand the test of time.