Carrie Underwood Passes the Hosting Baton for 2020 CMA Awards

Carrie Underwood performs at the CMA Music Festival, Nashville, Jun 2016. Photo by Debby Wong/REX/Shutterstock (5725804bm)

The 2010s have come to an end, and so has Carrie Underwood’s tenure as CMA Awards host.

Underwood took to Instagram to share the news that she is stepping down from her hosting duties. 

“One of the highlights of 2019 and of my entire career so far was being on stage with the legends that are Reba and Dolly Parton,” Underwood said in her post. “I’m so proud that we could celebrate the incredible female artists that are part of the legacy of country music, past, present and future, and I’m thankful for the huge audiences all over the world that tuned in to see it.

“It’s hard to believe that it was my 12th year hosting and I will always treasure every show, from the 11 that I was so lucky to do with my partner in crime and friend for life, Brad Paisley, to sharing the stage with two of my all-time heroes. I’m so incredibly grateful to everyone involved with the CMA Awards all these years.”

Underwood first hosted the show in 2008 alongside Brad Paisley, who stepped down for the 2019 ceremony.