Carrie Underwood will have new co-hosts for “Country Music’s Biggest Night,” the 53rd CMA Awards.
Reba McEntire and Dolly Parton are set to replace her previous co-host Brad Paisley.
The CMA are planning to theme the night as a celebration of the legendary women in Country Music.
The event will air live in Australia at lunchtime on November 14 on 9GEM, with a repeat on the network’s primary channel the following weekend.
Combined, the three hosts hold 124 CMA Awards nominations and 22 total wins.
11 are for Female Vocalist of the Year.
In addition, the three superstars hold a combined 14 nominations in the Entertainer of the Year category, with Parton receiving the award in 1978 and McEntire winning in 1986.
Check out the CMA Awards host announcement video
“It’s an incredible honor to welcome Carrie, Reba and Dolly to the CMA Awards stage this year,” says Sarah Trahern, CMA Chief Executive Officer.
“In addition to awarding the year’s best and brightest in the genre, ‘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 shared their excitement about the announcement on social media.
“Talk about girl power,” Parton wrote on Instagram.
“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.”
Paisley, who co-hosted the show for eleven years with Underwood, has publicly supported the announcement.
“As a fan of all 3 of these amazing women, I can’t wait to watch,” he said on Twitter.
Underwood was also a star attraction at the recent CMA Music Festival.
Final nominees for “The 53rd Annual CMA Awards” will be announced on August 28.