Reba McEntire and Darius Rucker announced as hosts for the 2020 CMA Awards

The CMAs take place Wednesday, November 11

The 54th annual Country Music Association Awards will be held in Nashville on Wednesday, November 11 and will feature a brand new pair of hosts.

Reba McEntire and Darius Rucker have been tapped to host the 2020 CMAs as it marks their first pairing together and the first time since 2007 Carrie Underwood hasn’t hosted the award show.

The CMAs revealed the pair as the hosts in a Twitter video this morning. “This is going to be a different type of show because everybody is really hungry to get back on the stage to perform,” Reba said.

“We’re going to have a blast, and laugh, say some funny stuff, and see some great performances. It must be a lot of fun, now I get to find out,” Rucker said.

“Do you know what you’re getting yourself into?!?” Reba joked in her response.

“To be invited to host this year’s awards alongside Reba — are you kidding me?! — it is an absolute honor,” Rucker said in a statement. While it’ll be Rucker’s first time hosting the CMAs, McEntire will return as host of the award show for the fifth time.

Reba served as a guest host at the 2019 CMAs and had a three year stint as host from 1990-1992.

The CMAs revealed the 2020 nominees back in September as Luke Combs, Carly Pearce, Ingrid Andress, and Gabby Barrett stopped by Good Morning America to share the list.

This year’s vaunted Entertainer of the Year award made headlines before the list of nominees had been revealed as Garth Brooks announced he would be stepping aside from the category.

Brooks has won the award seven times in his career and was asked in a tweet why he couldn’t step aside and let someone else win. He wholeheartedly agreed and said “I’m going to enjoy it this year more than I ever have.”

With Brooks out of the running, nominees for Entertainer of the Year are Eric Church, Luke Combs, Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood, and Keith Urban.

The CMAs will air live on ABC on Wednesday, November 11 at 8PM ET.

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