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POLL: Who’s Your Favorite CMA Awards Host?

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Hosting the CMA Awards is one of the most prestigious gigs in country music. Since its inception in 1967 — which wasn’t broadcast on TV — Country Music’s Biggest Night has featured some of country music’s biggest stars at center stage. But who’s done it best?

The first two years of the CMA Awards featured two different sets of co-hosts, but in 1969, Tennessee Ernie Ford took over the duties and remained host of the CMA Awards until 1971. Johnny Cash hosted the CMAs five times — solo in 1973, ’74, ’77 and ’78 and with co-host Roy Clark in 1976 — while Kenny Rogers has acted as host four times: solo in 1979, 1984 and ’87 and with co-host Anne Murray in 1989.

Also among the list of previous CMA Awards hosts are Glen Campbell (1972 alone and with Charley Pride in ’75) and Reba McEntire (with Randy Travis in 1990, solo in ’91 and with Vince Gill in ’92). Gill actually holds the record for hosting the awards show the most times: After co-hosting with McEntire in 1992, he co-hosted with Clint Black in ’93 and then hosted solo from 1994 through 2003.

Brooks & Dunn took over CMA Awards hosting duties from 2004 through 2006, and after a year with no specific host, Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood begin their run as co-hosts in 2008.

Tell us who you think the best CMA Awards host or co-hosts are by voting in the poll below; you can vote as often as once per hour. The hosts and co-hosts listed are the stars who’ve hosted the most, but if you don’t see your favorite, be sure to let us know in the comments section.

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