Carrie Underwood Steps Down as CMA Awards Host

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Carrie Underwood steps down as CMA Awards Host
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After a history-making CMA Awards that found Brad Paisley stepping aside so his annual show co-host, Carrie Underwood, could assume her position with new hosts, Reba McEntire and Dolly Parton, Carrie has now announced that she will not return to the CMA stage as host.

In a post on her socials, Carrie shared photos of herself with Brad and another with Dolly and Reba. In her caption, she writes, “One of the highlights of 2019 and of my entire career so far was being on stage with the legends that are Reba and Dolly Parton. I’m so proud that we could celebrate the  incredible female artists that are part of the legacy of country music, past, present and future, and I’m thankful for the huge audiences all over the world that tuned in to see it. It’s hard to believe that it was my 12th year hosting and I will always treasure every show, from the 11 that I was so lucky to do with my partner in crime and friend for life, Brad Paisley, to sharing the stage with two of my all-time heroes. I’m so incredibly grateful to everyone involved with the CMA Awards all these years.”

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She then says, “It’s hard to imagine topping what we have accomplished together, so I’ve decided that it’s time to pass the hosting torch (at least for now!) to others that will cherish it and honor it as much as I do. I’ve got so many exciting things coming in the new year and beyond, and I can’t wait to see what the future has in store for all of us. #blessed #MemorableMoments.”

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One of the highlights of 2019 and of my entire career so far was being on stage with the legends that are Reba and Dolly Parton. I’m so proud that we could celebrate the incredible female artists that are part of the legacy of country music, past, present and future, and I’m thankful for the huge audiences all over the world that tuned in to see it. It’s hard to believe that it was my 12th year hosting and I will always treasure every show, from the 11 that I was so lucky to do with my partner in crime and friend for life, Brad Paisley, to sharing the stage with two of my all-time heroes. I’m so incredibly grateful to everyone involved with the CMA Awards all these years. It’s hard to imagine topping what we have accomplished together, so I’ve decided that it’s time to pass the hosting torch (at least for now!) to others that will cherish it and honor it as much as I do. I’ve got so many exciting things coming in the new year and beyond, and I can’t wait to see what the future has in store for all of us. #blessed #MemorableMoments

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Fellow Oklahoman, Vince Gill, has also hosted the CMA Awards 12 times.

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There’s no word on whether Brad will return for his 12th year or if his stepping away for 2019’s show marked the end of his tenure. No announcement has been made regarding who will take the helm in 2020, but speculation and assumption are sweeping the internet.