The CMA Awards has tapped country music star Luke Bryan to host the 2021 awards show in November.
The Country Music Association and ABC announced Monday that the “American Idol” judge will host the show for the first time when it airs November 10 in Nashville, Tennessee.
“The CMA Awards are one of the biggest nights of the year for country music,” Thean, 55, said in a statement. “Being asked to host the CMA Awards, I must have thought a lot before answering. The pressure that comes with it can be overwhelming, but I can help many of my friends to be honored and celebrated, I knew it was something I did. Couldn’t refuse. “
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In addition to being the organizer, the Georgia-born singer was nominated in 2021 and was nominated for this year’s concert with Jordan Davis. He has previously won the CMA Entertainment of the Year twice in the past, making him a seasoned CMA winner. Now, he will simply expand his role with the show as host.
Although this is his first time as the headliner of the CMA Awards, Brian has plenty of experience since co-hosting the Academy of Country Music Awards, which are usually held in Las Vegas.
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It’s been a long time since CMAs had a single host. Co-hosts Carrie Underwood and Brad Paasley ran a 10-year run together in 2008. Last year, the show changed even more with Dolly Parton and McIntyre host Darius Rocker.
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This year’s show sparked some controversy when it was announced that country singer Morgan Wallen would be eligible for some awards, but not the show’s top honor. According to CMA spokeswoman Katherine McNally, after the controversy over the use of racist insults, Wallen will not qualify for the individual artist category, such as Entertainer of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year.
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The singer, who surprised him on stage at Nashville, Ten Performance, showed some support for Brian Wallen in August after surprising him.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.