Country superstars Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood will be returning to host “Country Music’s Biggest Night™” for the seventh consecutive time in 2014. “The 48th Annual CMA Awards” airs live from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on Wednesday, Nov. 5 (8:00-11:00 PM/ET) on the ABC Television Network.
The popular pair used “CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock” to make the announcement when the concert special aired last night on ABC. In the segment, Paisley and Underwood answered CMA Awards trivia questions posed by Little Big Town (spoiler alert: Underwood wins). See the segment here.
“Carrie and Brad are unmatched as a hosting team,” said Sarah Trahern, CMA Chief Executive Officer. “They have impeccable comic timing, industry credibility, critical acclaim, and a natural rapport that makes them popular with our live audience and the viewers at home. We are delighted to have them presiding over ‘Country Music’s Biggest Night.’”
“Brad and Carrie are more than hosts, they are an important part of the CMA Awards brand,” said CMA Awards Executive Producer Robert Deaton. “They bring so much to the table beyond what you see on stage during the broadcast. They are gifted creative collaborators, who routinely raise the bar and set the standard for live television hosting.”
“Over time there’s been an evolution of who we are as hosts of the show – what fits, what’s comfortable, what’s real, and we love being a part of the creative team,” added Underwood. “We feel the responsibility of what this night means to our music community, to our fellow artists, and to the viewers at home.”
“Shoot, we’ve written a bunch of the jokes every year. This’ll just be the first time we have to pay union dues,” quipped Paisley.
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