The show airs on Wednesday, November 11, on ABC.

By Perri Ormont Blumberg
October 05, 2020
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It's an exciting day for country music fans: The Country Music Association has announced that Darius Rucker and Reba McEntire will host the 54th annual CMA Awards from Nashville on Wednesday, November 11, at 8 p.m. on ABC. The South Carolina native (Rucker) and Okie (McEntire) take the helm from Carrie Underwood who served as the host for the past 12 years. The show will take place from Music City Center in downtown Nashville.

“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 CMA press release. “We’re looking forward to a night of celebrating great Country Music and hope you’ll tune in and watch!”

“I look forward to the CMA Awards every year because of the incredible performances and the opportunity to celebrate the year in Country Music,” said Rucker in the same media statement. “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!”

During a trying year when we need country music perhaps more than ever, we're glad to see these two country stars at the helm. As a five-time host of the CMA Awards, McEntire jokes to her rookie co-host in their video announcement of the news, "Do you know what you're getting yourself into?" Watch the full video below.

“We are beyond thrilled to welcome Reba and Darius as this year’s CMA Awards hosts,” said Sarah Trahern, CMA Chief Executive Officer in the press release. “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.”

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We're already counting down the days to November 11. We can only hope it's the start of many more laughter-filled, joyous days ahead.