Carrie Underwood, Brad Paisley Won’t Host CMAs, But Hit the Opry
From 2008 to 2018, Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood hosting the CMAs together was one of the few bright spots on a presentation that otherwise offered you a steady diet of bad pop country being crammed down your throat. Brad Paisley is one of the few funny men left in today’s country (it used to be much more common), and Carrie Underwood made the perfect foil. Regardless of what you feel about their music, the chemistry of these two worked, and that’s why their hosting duties lasted for a decade.
On Tuesday (9-1) the CMAs announced the nominees for the 2020 CMA Awards—just a couple of weeks ahead of the ACMs holding their annual show postponed from April. We don’t know the exact configuration the 2020 awards will take due to COVID-19 restrictions, if there will be live performances or an audience. But we do know that Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood won’t be hosting this year’s show.
The run of the two emceeing the event ended in 2019 when the CMAs decided to put women at the forefront, and drafted Reba McEntire and Dolly Parton to host with Carrie. Then very late last year, Underwood announced that she would not be returning as host of the CMA Awards in 2020—a month or so after she was beaten out by Garth Brooks for the Entertainer of the Year award many were expecting Carrie Underwood to receive. So even if Brad Paisley was game for coming back (and the CMAs invited him), we still wouldn’t see a reunification of the two.
That means 2020 will officially be the end of the Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood era at the CMAs. But both will be appearing on stage Saturday, September 5th at the Grand Ole Opry as part of the Opry’s continued Saturday night presentations enduring through the COVID-19 shutdown. They’re both long-time Opry members, and are often the only ones from the mainstream country set that actually uphold their obligations to the Opry by appearing regularly. Carrie Underwood was yet again the only mainstream artist in 2019 to appear at the Opry more than 10 times.
We may not see any humorous repartee between the two since the way the Opry shows have been presented lately is letting one artist play after the other as opposed to an “in the round” acoustic setting like earlier in the pandemic. Or maybe they will interact. But either way, it will be cool to see the two reunited once again.
Fans can watch Saturday night’s Opry presentation live via the embedded player below, on the new Circle Network via local affiliates of the expanding channel (check availability), on the Circle Network’s Facebook Page, or on The Circle Network’s YouTube page, or listen via WSM. The presentation begins at 7 p.m. Central.
September 5, 2020 @ 11:11 am
Rumors are swirling that Dierks Bentley could/will host the CMAs this November…
September 5, 2020 @ 12:40 pm
He’s a wet fart.
I vote Johnny Knoxville and Roger Alan Wade.
September 5, 2020 @ 12:42 pm
I liked them hosting the Ameripolitan Awards.
September 8, 2020 @ 9:40 am
Honestly I’d be so down for Dierks. Can’t deny he’s got a freaking great sense of humour
September 8, 2020 @ 2:43 pm
Dierks with Pardi, co hosting… That would be a hoot. Borderline disaster tho
September 5, 2020 @ 12:13 pm
I have heard Darius Rucker will host with Reba.
September 5, 2020 @ 12:31 pm
That is a much better option than Dierks
Strait Country 81
September 6, 2020 @ 1:19 am
Wouldn’t be shocked at they would have him host to shove blm down viewers throats.
September 5, 2020 @ 2:36 pm
Would love to see Vince host. After everything that has happened this year, I could use the calm charming sparkle of Vince’s personality.
September 5, 2020 @ 6:05 pm
I second this! I always loved Vince as the host, especially his humor. None of the replacements since have topped him, imho. Vince, hands down, has one of the most likeable personalities in the genre.
September 5, 2020 @ 3:31 pm
Hank Williams Jr. and Rhiannon Giddens should co-host.
Trig, is there a problem with the site loading on iPhones? Seems like it times out after a second or two.
September 5, 2020 @ 4:14 pm
This site is to technical usability as the CMAs are to actual country music.
Darla K Morgan
September 6, 2020 @ 6:18 am
Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan
September 6, 2020 @ 7:50 am
September 5, 2020 @ 4:35 pm
What are you experiencing? Is the site just not loading for you? Anyone else having this issue?
If you can, take a screenshot of what you’re seeing, and send it to trigger at savingcountrymusic.com
September 5, 2020 @ 7:42 pm
The comment section usually takes awhile to update, even if I refresh the page.
I have seen the number of comments go from “20”, to “18”, & then to “28” all within seconds of refreshing….
September 5, 2020 @ 8:06 pm
Ditto. I have to open a new tab and start over…that sometimes works.
September 5, 2020 @ 4:38 pm
I’ll not engage in wishful thinking on this – I think Music Row’s Dream Team for expanding country’s reach would be Bebe and The Biebs.
September 5, 2020 @ 5:37 pm
I know I’m in the minority on this, so no need to chastise me people. I say bring it on. They would be perfect, really. I’ve tried watching these award shows the last several years and it’s embarrassing. I tried to follow along the livestream and laugh, but it’s not funny anymore. There’s no dignity in this slow and painful rotting. Just get it over with already. Let the phonies have it. I say it’s passed time that people who know better stop pretending that this performative circle jerk is anything more than a sham. Sometimes you need to hit rock bottom to start over, or finally separate. I’m down. Bebe Biebs 2020…YASS Queens!
September 5, 2020 @ 7:24 pm
Burn it down to rebuild it, eh?
September 5, 2020 @ 7:36 pm
MusicRow already lit it on fire for the insurance money. But, like the aborigines in Australia say…sometimes you just gotta let a fire run it’s course or you’ll pay an even bigger price down the road.
September 5, 2020 @ 5:33 pm
Watching live. Absolutely Killer! Not normally a Carrie underwood or Brad fan, a bit too mainstream for my taste, but this performance is really resonating with me.
September 5, 2020 @ 5:36 pm
They’re killing it. “Whiskey Lullaby,” covering Conway and Loretta, Carrie singing Randy Travis. It’s been great so far, halfway through.
September 5, 2020 @ 7:32 pm
Tonight’s show was a heck of a collaborative effort. The damn CMA’s can eat their heart out.
And gotta give Carrie props – for a gal who leans hard on vocal pyrotechnics, this unplugged setting is like working without a net.
September 5, 2020 @ 6:30 pm
Tonight’s show was one of my favorites so far! These two have chemistry and you can see that in their respect for each other. They pulled out some rare stuff, some tributes to the past, and newer stuff as well. They truly honor the legacy and history of the Opry. One of those shows you wanted to keep going and going.
A great night at the Opry!
September 5, 2020 @ 7:44 pm
Are the ACMs performers officially announced? Kind of shocked that Carrie won’t be performing…. & Keith too (considering he’s hosting)
September 5, 2020 @ 8:59 pm
I had a dream………………… CMA…………2024……….. hosts…… Cleto & Kaitlin…….. ok I’ll go to bed now………..but I love these kids more than you all know.
September 6, 2020 @ 3:53 pm
Is poor Carrie still smarting over losing the EOTY award last year? Regardless, I thought her and Paisley’s schtick was old by the third year. And after the way the CMAs drilled Paisley in the ass last year to appease the PC crowd, I doubt he would have come back. The CMAs have been a joke for years, anyway.
September 6, 2020 @ 9:13 pm
This is being replayed on ABC at 11pm Sunday night. I don’t know if any of the others have been.