Nashville's Dynamic Duo will reurn this year to celebreate 50 years of country music at the CMA Awards.
Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood reunite to cohost their ninth Country Music Association Awards show together.
SL went behind the scenes with Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley as they prepare to celebrate 50 years of country music. The dynamic duo will reurn this year for the ninth time to host "Country Music's Biggest Night." Paisley and Underwood were photographed by David McClister on June 6, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee. The 50th anniversary special will honor the industry's special guests. The awards will air on November 2 on ABC.
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"If you're an actor, you want to win an Oscar, and if you're a country music artist, you want to win a CMA Award." -Brad Paisley
"One of the things that's exciting this year," explains Sarah Trahern, CEO of the CMA, "is that we've invited back past winners in the Entertainer of the Year and Male and Female Vocalist of the Year categories.
Underwood and Paisley return to cohost the 50th CMA awards this year for the 9th time.
The awards show, which drew 16 million viewers in 2015, will air on November 2nd on ABC.
Between them, they've won some 20 CMA Awards.
They write a large part of the show's material, texting each other with ideas months ahead of time.
Paisley promises to step up his usual casual attire for this year's festivities, which excites the always glamorously dressed Underwood.
Over the years, they've settled into their comfortable identities on the show, Underwood playing the "straight man" who reins in Paisley's flights of fancy.
"There's a lot of trust between us," Paisley adds. "That's key when you're standing out there on that tightrope. More than that, what makes a great balance is she has such grace, and I don't."
"The personas you see onstage are really their natural chemistry. It's something magical."
—Sarah Trahern on Carrie and Brad
With a deep love of traditional country music, they bridge the rural sounds and sensibilities of yesterday with country's modern hybrid of pop, rock, soul, hip-hop, and blues.
His hometown has a population of 1,164 and 2 stoplights, and her hometown has a population of 3,261 and 4 stoplights.