Luke Bryan and Peyton Manning Are Already ‘Pre-Gaming’ For The CMA Awards

Luke Bryan and Peyton Manning are already busy preparing for the CMA Awards! The two-time CMA Entertainer of the Year…


Lauren Jo Black

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September 2, 2022


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Luke Bryan, Peyton Manning; Photo Courtesy Luke Bryan

Luke Bryan and Peyton Manning are already busy preparing for the CMA Awards!

The two-time CMA Entertainer of the Year and NFL superstar will co-host “Country Music’s Biggest Night,” on November 9. While the show is still several weeks away, Bryan says they are already “pre-gaming” for the big event. 

The “Country On” singer took to social media on Friday to share a snapshot of the pair from what appears to be a CMA Awards promotional shoot. 

In the photo, Bryan and Manning can be seen wearing slacks, dress shirts, and ties while on set. 

“Pre-gaming for #CMAawards show Nov 9,” Bryan captioned the post. 

Manning was quick to respond. 

“Double shakas are safe, double birds are not. I’m looking at you, Eli,” he wrote referring to his brother, NFL star Eli Manning. 

The Country Music Association shocked fans on August 1 when Bryan and Manning were revealed as the CMA Awards co-hosts. 

The longtime friends said they are thrilled for the opportunity to be the face of the CMA Awards. 

“Being a part of such a historical night that honors my peers and Country Music is such a privilege,” Bryan said. “When I was asked if Peyton Manning was someone I would consider co-hosting with I didn’t hesitate. We have become great friends through the years and what he brings to the table is gonna make it even more of a blast. I know he’s been to the CMA Awards before, but he’s never been with me. Hey Peyton, I hope you’re ready for the night of your life!”

“I cannot wait to head to Nashville and take the CMA Awards stage alongside my friend Luke Bryan,” Manning added. “I am such a huge fan of Country Music, so to have the chance to stand among so many incredibly talented artists is an absolute honor.” 

This marks Luke Bryan’s second consecutive year to host the CMA Awards, while Manning is a first-time host. 

“Country Music’s Biggest Night will without a doubt live up to its expectation this year,” Sarah Trahern, CMA Chief Executive Officer shared. “During an evening when we celebrate the best of the best in Country Music, we are thrilled to have two award-winning hosts at the helm! I cannot wait to see what Luke and Peyton have up their sleeves, which I’m sure will be hilariously unpredictable and playfully energetic, just like the two of them.” 

Luke Bryan; Photo Courtesy of ABC
Luke Bryan; Photo Courtesy of ABC

“Just when we thought we couldn’t top Luke’s explosive energy and signature charm as host of last year’s CMA Awards, we’re bringing him back alongside sports legend Peyton Manning for Country Music’s biggest night,” Rob Mills, Walt Disney Television Executive Vice President, Unscripted and Alternative Entertainment added. “Their dynamic chemistry and magnetic friendship is the perfect anchor for this year’s star-studded show.”

Final nominees for The 56th Annual CMA Awards will be revealed on Wednesday, September 7. 

The winners will be announced during The 56th Annual CMA Awards, which will broadcast live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, Nov. 9 (8:00-11:00 PM/EST) 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.