Luke Bryan to host the 2021 CMA Awards

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2021-10-19 00:04:12

The CMA Awards have tapped nation music star Luke Bryan to host the 2021 awards present in November.

The Nation Music Affiliation and ABC introduced on Monday that the “American Idol” decide will host the present for the primary time when it airs from Nashville, Tennessee on Nov. 10.

“The CMA Awards is among the greatest nights of the 12 months for nation music,” Bryan, 45, mentioned in an announcement. “Being requested to host the CMA Awards was positively one thing I put a variety of thought into earlier than answering. The stress that comes together with that may be overwhelming, however understanding I get to assist honor and have a good time so a lot of my mates, I knew it was one thing I couldn’t flip down.”

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Luke Bryan will host the 2021 CMA Awards.
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Along with being the host, the Georgia-born singer is nominated in 2021 for is nominated this 12 months together with Jordan Davis for musical occasion of the 12 months. He has beforehand gained CMA entertainer of the 12 months twice up to now, making him a seasoned CMA winner. Now, he’ll merely be increasing his position with the present as host.

Whereas that is his first time as a CMA Awards headliner, Bryan has loads of expertise after being a co-host for a number of years on the Academy of Nation Music Awards, that are usually held in Las Vegas.

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It has been a very long time since CMAs have had a single host. Co-hosts Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley had a 10-year run collectively beginning in 2008. In 2019, Underwood returned as co-host with Reba McEntire. Final 12 months, the present modified issues up even additional by having Dolly Parton and McEntire host alongside Darius Rucker.

Luke Bryan is the new solo host of the CMA Awards.

Luke Bryan is the brand new solo host of the CMA Awards.
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This 12 months’s present sparked a little bit of controversy when it was introduced that nation singer Morgan Wallen can be eligible for some awards, however not the present’s prime honors. After an argument involving his use of a racial slur, Wallen is not going to be eligible for particular person artist classes, corresponding to entertainer of the 12 months and male vocalist of the 12 months, in line with Catharine McNelly, a CMA spokeswoman.

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Bryan confirmed some help for Wallen in August after the embattled singer stunned him on stage at a Nashville, Tenn. efficiency. 

The Related Press contributed to this report.

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