Carrie Underwood, Brad Paisley return as hosts of CMA Awards

Last Updated: Sun, Jun 11, 2017 12:46 hrs

[India], Jun 11 (ANI): Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley will once again take the stage to co-host the 51st Annual Country Music Association Awards for the 10th straight year.

The event will be hosted at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena on ABC on November 8.

The Country Music Association took to their Instagram page to post a photo of the duo with the caption, "So excited they're back! @BradPaisley & @CarrieUnderwood are returning to host their 10th consecutive #CMAawards on Nov 8!"

So excited they're back! @BradPaisley & @CarrieUnderwood are returning to host their 10th consecutive #CMAawards on Nov 8!

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In an interview with Billboard, Paisley, who has claimed 14 CMA Awards, including Entertainer of the Year Award, reflected about the big announcement.

"Well, it's extremely flattering, and for me, I take it seriously, and doing a good job means a lot to me personally. Every year we have figured something else out that would make it better for the next year, so I think we've been able to improve on our performance each year," said the 44-year-old country music singer. "But simply, just the fact that the CMA asked us again, I am very flattered and honoured."

As for how things began all those years ago with Underwood, he said, "You know, when [the CMA] first asked, it was pretty late. I think it was in August, as I remember, so my first thought was that someone must have turned them down. But seriously, I believe that show producer Robert Deaton had the original vision that we'd be good together."

The 'Remind Me' singer said that their relationship has evolved over the years and has only added to their strength as hosts: "I think that over the years, Carrie and I have not only grown into our roles, but that we have also slipped into our individual characters. The time has helped us to complement each other and build chemistry together." (ANI)



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