Some people may say country music is slow to change. Others may say, "If it ain't broke--don't fix it." Either way, so it is with today's announcement by the Country Music Association: Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood will be co-hosting this year's annual CMA awards for the third year in a row.
The pair, who became friends while touring together, have proved a winning combination with the annual awards program, supplying an easy comedic banter on stage. "They each have a great sense of humor and timing, which are two essential ingredients for hosting a live awards broadcast," stated CMA Chief Executive Officer Steve Moore.
Indeed, both Paisley and Underwood have been responsible for some of the CMAs' funniest moments to date--for example, during last year's hosting duties, the two broke into a memorable duet of "Mamas, don't let your babies grow up to be Kanye" (referring, of course, to the infamous Taylor Swift mic-grabbing incident at the Video Music Awards earlier that year).
Both Underwood and Paisley expressed pride at being asked to host the prestigious awards show again. "It's all about country music," stated Underwood. "We all live here. This is our community. The CMA Awards are in Nashville, the home of country music. It's great to come here and celebrate that every year."
Meanwhile, Paisley noted, "The CMAs are different from any other awards night. You're looking at a roomful of people who love each other."
Underwood and Paisley are not only seasoned hosts of the CMAs--they are both experienced in winning awards on the program as well. Paisley has 13 CMA awards to his name while Underwood has 5; and both have won their respective Male/Female Vocalist category three consecutive years in a row (Paisley 2007-2009, Underwood 2006-2008).
The 2010 CMA Awards will be held November 10 at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena, and air live on ABC at 8 p.m. ET.
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