Country music superstar and American Idol judge Luke Bryan will host The 55th Annual CMA Awards live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, Nov. 10. The broadcast will air from 7-10 p.m. on ABC.
Bryan has garnered 27 No. 1 hits and has the most RIAA certified digital singles of any country artist with 68.5 million, has 15.6 billion streams worldwide, and has sold nearly 13 million albums. His headline tours have played sold-out shows for 12 million fans, including 36 stadium concerts, Farm Tours, Spring Break shows, and seven sold-out “Crash My Playa” destination concert events.
He has won over 50 major music awards, including five wins as Entertainer of the Year across the CMA and ACM Awards. He has been honored as a CMT Artist of the Year six times, an NSAI Artist/Songwriter of the Year, the first recipient of the ACM Album of the Decade Award for Crash My Party, seven CMT Music Awards, five Billboard Music Awards, and four American Music Awards. Bryan has also been named Billboard’s Top Country Artist of the 2010s and the Most Heard Artist of the Decade by Country Aircheck.
“The CMA Awards is one of the biggest nights of the year for country music,” says Bryan. “Being asked to host the CMA Awards was definitely something I put a lot of thought into before answering. The pressure that comes along with that can be overwhelming, but knowing I get to help honor and celebrate so many of my friends, I knew it was something I couldn’t turn down. I mean, growing up in Georgia, I remember watching Vince Gill, Reba, Brooks & Dunn, Kenny Rogers, Barbara Mandrell, to name a few. They were so good. And then becoming a part of this amazing country music family and sitting on the front row while Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood and Darius Rucker took the reins, all of these artists are heroes and friends, and I am honored to have my name included in this group. I’m looking forward to making it fun and memorable and using this platform to continue to make country music shine.”
“We are so thrilled to have Luke join us as this year’s CMA Awards host,” says Sarah Trahern, CMA Chief Executive Officer. “His fun and playful energy is something television viewers have welcomed into their homes week after week as a judge on American Idol, and I know he has something exciting up his sleeve for the CMA Awards. We cannot wait to bring music fans a magical night of performances and truly some of the most special moments our show has ever delivered, in just a few weeks.”
Winners of The 55th Annual CMA Awards will be determined in a final round of voting by eligible voting CMA members. The third and final ballot is open now for CMA members, with voting for the CMA Awards final ballot closing Wednesday, Oct. 27.
Performers and presenters for this year’s awards will be revealed in the coming weeks.
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