Reba McEntire and Darius Rucker have been tapped to co-host the 54th annual CMA Awards, which will air live from Nashville on ABC from 8 to 11 p.m. ET on Nov. 11. The show will take place at Music City Center in downtown Nashville, with Rucker taking the stage for the first time as host alongside six-time CMA winner McEntire, who is returning for a fifth time as host.
"I’m thrilled to be back hosting the CMA Awards and even more thrilled that I get to share the stage with Darius Rucker,” said McEntire in a statement. “We’re looking forward to a night of celebrating great country music and hope you’ll tune in and watch!” McEntire co-hosted the CMAs in 2019 with Carrie Underwood and Dolly Parton. She also co-hosted in 1990 (with Randy Travis) and in 1992 (with Vince Gill) and she was the solo host in 1991. In addition to her five stints as CMA host or co-host, McEntire hosted or co-hosted the rival ACM Awards a record 16 times from 1993-2019.
Rucker added, "I look forward to the CMA Awards every year because of the incredible performances and the opportunity to celebrate the year in country music. To be invited to host this year’s awards alongside Reba -- are you kidding me?! -- it is an absolute honor. Even though this year will look a little different than normal, I know that we're all eager for a night of musical celebration, and this year’s show definitely won't disappoint!”