Carrie Underwood To Host the CMA Awards with Special Guest Hosts Reba McEntire and Dolly Parton

Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley’s 11-year reign as CMA Awards co-hosts is over. On Monday (Aug. 19) the Country Music…


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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

Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley’s 11-year reign as CMA Awards co-hosts is over.

On Monday (Aug. 19) the Country Music Association announced that Underwood will return to host for the 12th time, this time alongside special guest hosts and Country Music Hall of Fame members Reba McEntire and Dolly Parton.

Combined, Underwood, McEntire and Parton have 124 total career CMA Awards nominations and a total of 22 wins.

“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.”

Final nominees for the 53rd Annual CMA Awards will be revealed live during ABC’s Good Morning America on Wednesday, Aug. 28.

The 53rd Annual CMA Awards, which will honor legendary women throughout the broadcast, will air live from Bridgestone Arena in Nashville Wednesday, Nov. 13 at 8/7c on ABC.

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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.