Reba McEntire, Darius Rucker to Co-Host 2020 CMA Awards

by Jacklyn Krol

Reba McEntire and Darius Rucker have been announced as your 2020 CMA Awards co-hosts.

The CMA Awards Announcement

The big announcement was made on Good Morning America on Monday (October 5). The 2020 CMA Awards will take place at Music City Center in downtown Nashville on November 11. The event will air live on ABC. The Country Music Association has not revealed how exactly the show will take place amid the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic.

“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.”

The “Fancy” singer co-hosted the awards show last year alongside Carrie Underwood and Dolly Parton. She also hosted from 1990 through 1992 alongside Randy Travis in 1990 and Vince Gill in 1992. This will mark Rucker’s first time hosting the awards show.

Prior to last year’s trio of famous country women, the show was co-hosted by Underwood and Brad Paisley. From 2008-2018 the duo hosted the event side by side for eleven years.

What Your New Co-Hosts Had to Say

“I’m thrilled to be back hosting the CMA Awards and even more thrilled that I get to share the stage with Darius Rucker,” McEntire said in a statement. “We’re looking forward to a night of celebrating great Country music and hope you’ll tune in,” McEntire tweeted.

“To be invited to host this year’s awards alongside Reba — are you kidding me?! — it is an absolute honor,” Rucker exclaimed. “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.”

“Man, I always said I’d love to host the #CMAawards but never thought it would happen,” he tweeted. “Honored to be hosting one of the biggest night’s of Country Music with my dear friend, @Reba.”

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