The return of the popular pair was announced during Paisley’s appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” and via Underwood’s social network. The follow-up CMA social announcement included a video highlight reel of the first 50 years of CMA Awards moments.
“This is a milestone year for the CMA Awards as we celebrate our 50th Anniversary and the broadcast is in great hands with Brad and Carrie,” said Sarah Trahern, CMA Chief Executive Officer. “They are genuinely invested in the ongoing success of the CMA Awards, but they are equally committed to honoring the traditions that are the foundation of Country Music’s Biggest Night.”
“I really enjoy hosting the CMA Awards with Brad,” said Underwood. “Of course we have fun up there, but we take the responsibility of honoring the best artists in the format and shining a positive light on Country Music very seriously. And this year, the bar will be even higher as we celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the CMA Awards. I can’t wait.”
“I look forward to hosting the CMA Awards each year,” said Paisley. “Carrie and I have certainly hit our stride in terms of balancing humor and a genuine respect for the nominees and winners. This year the stakes are higher than ever as we honor the legacy and traditions of the past 50 years. We will give it everything we’ve got.”
Paisley has won 14 CMA Awards since receiving the Horizon Award (now the New Artist Award) in 2000, including Entertainer of the Year (2010), Male Vocalist (2007, 2008, 2009), and Album (2006 for Time Well Wasted). He won Musical Event of the Year three times, first in 2004 with Alison Krauss for “Whiskey Lullaby,” second in 2006 for “When I Get Where I’m Going” with Dolly Parton, and a third time in 2009 for “Start a Band” with Keith Urban. He claimed the Vocal Event of the Year trophy in 2001 for “Too Country” with Bill Anderson, George Jones, and Buck Owens; and won Music Video of the Year four times, including “I’m Gonna Miss Her (The Fishin’ Song)” (2002), “Whiskey Lullaby” (with Krauss, 2004), “Online” (2007), and “Waitin’ on a Woman” (featuring Andy Griffith, 2008). He is No. 3 on the list of the top CMA Awards nominees of all time.
Paisley is a critically-acclaimed singer, songwriter, guitarist, and entertainer whose talents have earned him numerous awards, including three Grammys. He has been a proud member of the Grand Ole Opry since 2001. Paisley has written 20 of his 23 No. 1 singles with the first being his 1999 hit “He Didn’t Have To Be” and his most recent, “Perfect Storm,” from his chart-topping 2014 album Moonshine in the Trunk. Paisley’s current single is “Without A Fight” featuring multi-Platinum artist Demi Lovato and is currently No. 27 on the Billboard Country Airplay chart and was Paisley’s biggest radio add day of his career. His 2016 “Life Amplified World Tour” kicked off on May 19 and will travel across the U.S. and Canada this summer, with more dates to be added. Paisley has partnered with Boot Barn® and developed an exclusive line of jeans, hats, T-shirts, jewelry, belts and woven shirts called Moonshine Spirit by Brad Paisley. Connect with Brad at www.BradPaisley.com, www.Facebook.com/BradPaisley, on Twitter @BradPaisley, on Instagram @Brad Paisley, and YouTube at YouTube.com/BradPaisley.
Underwood has received five CMA Awards in her career: three consecutive Female Vocalist of the Year trophies (2006-2008), as well as Single of the Year (2007 for “Before He Cheats”), and the Horizon Award (2006). Her 23 career CMA Awards nominations include three for Album of the Year for Carnival Ride (2008), Play On (2010), and Blown Away (2013); five nominations for Music Video of the Year for “Jesus, Take the Wheel” (2006), “Before He Cheats” (2007), “Blown Away” (2013), “Somethin’ Bad” a duet with Miranda Lambert (2014), and “Something in the Water” (2015); and two for Musical Event of the Year for “I Told You So” featuring Randy Travis (2009) and “Somethin’ Bad” (2014). She has been nominated for Female Vocalist of the Year every year since first being nominated in 2006 (2006-2015).
Underwood emerged from the promise of her 2005 “American Idol” win to become a true multi-format, multi-media superstar, spanning achievements in music, television, and film. A seven-time Grammy Award winner, she has amassed more than 100 major honors, sold 58 million records worldwide, and recorded 23 No. 1 singles (13 of which she co-wrote), with a catalog of songs that have been streamed more than 1.5 billion times worldwide. Underwood was recognized as Pollstar’s top female Country touring artist for her headlining tours in 2008, 2010, and 2012. Her first four studio albums, Some Hearts, Carnival Ride, Play On, and Blown Away – each certified multi-Platinum or Platinum – have tallied an incredible 38 weeks at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart. In 2013, Underwood starred as Maria von Trapp in NBC’s three-hour holiday blockbuster, the Emmy-winning “The Sound of Music Live!,” whose airings attracted 44 million viewers. In December of 2014, the Grand Ole Opry member released her first hits collection, Greatest Hits: Decade #1. Billboard’s best-selling hits album of 2015, the chart-topping package was certified Platinum in January of 2016, making Underwood the only Country artist – and one of only six all-genre artists – to launch an album to Platinum success since the time of its release in December of 2014. Celebrating her first 10 years of music, the collection’s 25 songs included two new No. 1 hits co-written by Underwood: the Platinum-certified, Grammy-winning “Something in the Water,” as well as the Gold-certified “Little Toy Guns.” In 2015, she began her third season as the voice of primetime television’s No. 1 program, “Sunday Night Football.” Underwood’s current single, “Church Bells,” is quickly climbing the charts, following the No. 1 successes of “Smoke Break” and “Heartbeat,” all from her chart-topping, Gold-certified fifth studio album, Storyteller. For more visit CarrieUnderwoodOfficial.com and follow her on Twitter @CarrieUnderwood; on Instagram at Instagram.com/CarrieUnderwood; Facebook at facebook.com/CarrieUnderwood; and YouTube at youtube.com/CarrieUnderwoodVEVO.
The 2016 CMA Awards nominees and winners are determined by more than 7,300 professional members of CMA, which was the first trade organization formed to promote an individual genre of music in 1958. The eligibility period for the 2016 CMA Awards is July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016.
The first “CMA Awards Banquet and Show” was held in 1967. The following year, the CMA Awards was broadcast on television for the first time – making it the longest running, annual music awards program on network TV. The CMA Awards have aired on ABC since 2006. ABC will be the network home of the CMA Awards and CMA’s other two television properties, “CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock” and “CMA Country Christmas,” through 2021.
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Source: Country Music Association