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Darius Rucker on 2020 CMA Awards Hosting Gig: ‘That Was Huge for Me’

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Country singer Darius Rucker is massively excited for his upcoming role as host during the 2020 CMA Awards.

Rucker will take the stage alongside Reba McEntire, who’s an old hand at hosting the shot. On November 11 in Nashville, Tennessee, Rucker will experience what it’s like to be a host for the first time.

But Rucker, previously frontman of ’90s rock band Hootie and the Blowfish, has also been on the receiving end of several awards in the past. In fact, he won his first two CMA Awards over a decade ago in 2019. He took home the gold for both Male Vocalist and New Artist of the Year back then, and it was an extremely important time for him.

“When I got nominated for the first time, it was that first clue that I was really being accepted into the genre,” he said at the time. “Country music was really accepting of who I was and what I was doing. That was huge for me.” It’s a moment he still remembers “like it was yesterday.”

“That was one of the greatest moments of my musical life,” Rucker admitted.

Darius Rucker’s History Throughout Country Music

Darius Rucker may not be up for any awards this year, but he’ll have his fair share of time on stage with Reba McEntire. The pair will be changing things up from hosts Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley, who had previously served as hosts for the better part of a decade.

This year, Rucker will get to see what it’s like once more under the dazzling lights of Nashville’s Music City Center. The 2020 CMA Awards will not be taking place at Bridgestone Arena as usual due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, and as with most award shows these days, there won’t be a live audience. But it’s still going to go ahead as planned, for the most part.

Rucker still creates music occasionally with Hootie and the Blowfish, and has even created solo content before outside of country music. But he’s been continuing to make music within the genre for the foreseeable future. Most recently, he was a mentor on the 17th season of The Voice, under Team Blake. His most recent country album, When Was the Last Time, debuted in 2017.

[H/T: The Boot]