Darius Rucker Shares Excitement for Upcoming CMA Awards Hosting Gig

by Matthew Wilson

Darius Rucker can’t wait to host the CMA Awards. The country singer shared his excitement on Twitter with a montage of past winners at the ceremony.

Rucker himself was included in the montage, accepting the CMA Award for Best New Artist. Rucker won the award in 2009 when he transitioned from rock to the country genre.

On Twitter, he wrote, “One. More. Week. I can’t even explain how excited I am to host the #CMAawards with @Reba on Wednesday, November 11. Tune in on ABC!”

Previously, Rucker reflected on his own CMA experience, starting in 2009.

“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.”

Darius Rucker Will Host CMA Awards with Reba McEntire

Rucker will host the music awards with fellow singer Reba McEntire on Nov. 11. This will be Rucker’s first time hosting the ceremony. Meanwhile, McEntire will be hosting the awards for the fifth time in her career. The CMA made the announcement in early October.

“We are beyond thrilled to welcome Reba and Darius as this year’s CMA Awards hosts,” Sarah Trahern, the CMA’s CEO, said in a statement. “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.”

Speaking with Fox News, McEntire promised the ceremony will be both light and upbeat in tone. Given the pandemic and everything that happened in 2020, she said people could use a little bit of fun.

“We’re trying to keep it upbeat and light. We as a country, we as a nation, we as a world, we need entertainment,” McEntire told the outlet. “I think people sitting at home in front of their TV screens or their computers, I think they want to see what we can deliver.”

One of the ways they plan to keep the ceremony interesting is with random outfit changes. The two singers have a bet to see who can change their wardrobes the most during the ceremony.

“Darius and I talked about that,” McEntire told Fox. “He told me he’s gonna change clothes about six or seven times, so I am going to have to go eight at least.”