Carrie Underwood Talks About Hosting the CMA Awards with Reba McEntire and Dolly Parton

“It does not get bigger than that or better than that…”


Lauren Jo Black

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October 3, 2019


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Carrie Underwood; Photo by Erika Goldring/Getty Images for CMT, Reba McEntire; Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images, Dolly Parton; Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images for The Recording Academy

In just a few short weeks, Carrie Underwood will return to host the CMA Awards for the 12th consecutive year, this time with fellow country superstars Reba McEntire and Dolly Parton by her side as special guest hosts.

The entire night is something Underwood is looking forward to, especially because this year’s show will be a celebration of women in country music.

“I was very pleased and happy and excited to hear the news that the CMA wanted to have this year’s show be focused on women in country music – past, present, future, all of us together standing united,” Underwood recently shared with her record label.

The fact that she gets to stand alongside two of her heroes makes the upcoming CMA Awards that much more exciting.

“And of course, my special guest hosts are Reba McEntire and Dolly Parton. It does not get bigger than that or better than that,” she explained. “I feel like the three of us love what we do so much, and we love country music and it means something I feel like to have us up there on that stage kind of driving the bus for the evening and setting the tone. We just want to be respectful of our genre and of this awards show, because it’s so important to us, and shine a lot on what I think is the backbone of country music and that’s the females that have come before all of us and will come in the future.”

While further details surrounding the show, including the performers and presenters for the evening, have yet to be revealed, Underwood insists it’s “gonna be a wonderful night.”

Fans can tune in to The 53rd Annual CMA Awards on Wednesday, Nov. 13 at 8/7c on ABC.

Carrie Underwood is currently nominated for three CMA Awards, including Entertainer of the Year, Female Vocalist of the Year and Album of the Year for Cry Pretty.

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.