BREAKING: Reba McEntire Will Not Return as 2021 CMA Awards Host

Reba; Photo by John Russell, CMA
Reba; Photo by John Russell, CMA
Reba; Photo by John Russell, CMA

Country superstar Reba McEntire will not be returning to host the CMA Awards in 2021. 

The legendary entertainer, who co-hosted last year’s ceremony alongside Darius Rucker, and the 2019 CMA Awards with Carrie Underwood and Dolly Parton, confirmed to Billboard that she will not host or co-host the show this year. 

She told the publication that she wasn’t returning “to my knowledge” and the Country Music Association later confirmed the news. 

Prior to hosting the CMA Awards, McEntire was a longtime host of the Academy of Country Music Awards. 

The 55th Annual CMA Awards are less than five weeks away and the CMA has yet to reveal this year’s host/co-hosts. In a press release serviced on Wednesday (Oct. 6), the CMA shared that the host, along with presenters and performers, would be announced in the “coming weeks.”

Reba McEntire and Darius Rucker; Photo Courtesy ABC
Reba McEntire and Darius Rucker; Photo Courtesy ABC

The CMA Awards will return to Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena and audience members will be allowed to attend. See the CMA Awards website for additional details.

A limited number of tickets to attend “Country Music’s Biggest Night” will go on sale on Monday, Nov. 1 at 10 am CT. 

“We are so excited to return to Bridgestone Arena for this year’s CMA Awards ceremony,” says  Sarah Trahern, CMA Chief Executive Officer. “We have a truly fantastic show in the works that we will share more about in the coming weeks.” 

The 55th Annual CMA Awards will air Wednesday, November 10 at 8/7c on ABC.