Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood Return as Hosts of CMA Awards
"We've got a good thing goin'" could be the slogan of the Country Music Association (CMA), which announced today that Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood will return to host the 2011 CMA Awards, marking the duo's fourth year to serve as the evening's emcees.
"It's hard to believe this will be our fourth year to host the CMA Awards -- it's such an honor to be invited back," Brad notes. "I love working with Carrie, she's a class act and a complete balance to my non-class act. I'll try my best to not mess it up."
His partner couldn't agree more. "Hosting the CMA Awards the past three years has been an incredible experience -- I love it," Carrie adds. "I'm so honored to be asked back with my friend, Brad. The creative process of getting ready for the show is a blast, and I look forward to sharing Country Music's Biggest Night with all the fans!"
The pair's chemistry is undeniable, which is why the CMA is eager to have them return again. "We couldn't ask for better hosts than Carrie and Brad,", CMA Chief Executive Officer Steve Moore explains. "They have the unique qualities of humor, talent, credibility, and natural rapport that makes them a hit with the fans and the industry audience. The CMA Awards are in great hands with Brad and Carrie at the podium."
The awards ceremony isn't the only time the two friends are collaborating this year. They can also be found together on Brad's new single, 'Remind Me.'
"We just get along great and sing great together," the country superstar explains. "She's probably pretty much my first choice to sing with when it comes to a duet with a woman like that. I mean, we just sort of share the same values and get along that well. I just don't think there's a better singer than her, so it's sort of selfish to be able to sing with her and perform."
Brad and Carrie may be returning for the fourth time, but they still have several more years to catch up to Vince Gill's record. The longest-running host of the CMA Awards, Vince took the stage every year from 1992 to 2003.
The 45th Annual CMA Awards will air live from Nashville's Bridgestone Arena on November 9, 2011 at 8:00 PM ET on ABC.