Carrie Underwood To Visit GMA and Co-Host ‘Live with Kelly and Ryan’ Ahead of CMA Awards

CMA Awards host Carrie Underwood will take a break from show rehearsals to make the media rounds in New York…


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November 7, 2019


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CMA Awards host Carrie Underwood will take a break from show rehearsals to make the media rounds in New York City on Friday (Nov. 8).

The superstar is set to appear on ABC’s Good Morning America during the 8 am hour to talk all things CMA Awards. She will then head over to the set of the nationally-syndicated Live with Kelly and Ryan where she will co-host the show alongside her longtime friend Ryan Seacrest.

The appearances are both in support of The 53rd Annual CMA Awards, in which Underwood will host for the 12th consecutive year. This year, however, she will be joined by special guest hosts Reba McEntire and Dolly Parton.

Announced Thursday morning, the hosts will be joined by Terri Clark, Sara Evans, Crystal Gayle, The Highwomen, Martina McBride, Jennifer Nettles, Tanya Tucker and Gretchen Wilson for the show’s opening number. Each artist will perform iconic country songs in a never-before-seen medley that will span across decades of the genre.

The 53rd Annual CMA Awards will air live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on 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.