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Reba McEntire & Darius Rucker to Co-Host 2020 CMA Awards

Reba McEntire and Darius Rucker
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Reba McEntire and Darius Rucker

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!”

The Hootie and the Blowfish singer and solo country star will be the first Black co-host of the CMA Awards since Charley Pride co-hosted the 1975 show with Glen Campbell.

Nominations for the CMA Awards were revealed last month, with Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood both nominated for entertainer of the year, marking the first time two female acts have competed in that category since 2000. Lambert is this year’s top CMA Awards nominee with seven nods, bringing her a career total of nods to 55, which puts her in fourth place on the all-time list behind George Strait (83), Alan Jackson (81) and Brad Paisley(58).

“We are beyond thrilled to welcome Reba and Darius as this year's CMA Awards hosts,” said CMA CEO Sarah Trahern in a statement. “Their playful chemistry and genuine warmth are exactly what we know our viewers want to see this year. We look forward to bringing fans a night of celebration, live performances and a television experience unlike any other. We cannot wait to share more details about our show in the coming weeks.”

This will be the first time the show has been held at Music City Center, which opened in 2013. The CMAs were held at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville every year from 2006-19. The CMAs were first staged in an arena in 2005 when the show was held at Madison Square Garden in New York.

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