The CMA confirmed with Billboard that McEntire had not been asked back to host the 2021 awards ceremony. “…it expects to name the new host in a few weeks for the show, which will return to Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena,” Billboard reported.
Those few weeks have passed, and now we finally know who is hosting the 2021 CMA Awards! In an announcement made on Monday (October 18) the CMA named Luke Bryan as the host of this year’s awards ceremony.
BREAKING NEWS — @lukebryan will host “The 55th Annual CMA Awards.” Country Music’s Biggest Night broadcasts LIVE from Bridgestone Arena in Nashville WEDNESDAY, NOV. 10 (8:00-11:00 p.m. EST), on ABC! #CMAs #CMAAwards #LukeBryan pic.twitter.com/JiUalSXOjt
— Morning Hangover (@MorningHangover) October 18, 2021
“Country fans! The moment we’ve all been waiting for is HERE!!” the CMA wrote on social media. “Introducing our HOST of The 55th Annual #CMAawards on Wednesday, Nov. 10… two-time CMA Entertainer of the Year @LukeBryan!!”
This will be Bryan’s first time serving as the host of the CMA Awards. Though he does have prior experience hosting awards shows. He served as the co-host of the ACM Awards for five years (2013-2017).
The CMA Awards will air on ABC, which is the home network of American Idol. Bryan has served as a judge on Idol since 2018, and is returning for the 2022 season.
Bryan will host the CMA Awards solo. This marks the first time the CMA Awards have been hosted by one person Vince Gill hosted on his own in 2003.
Brooks & Dunn then took over and hosted from 2004-2006. There was no host in 2007.
Now, Bryan is following in all of those other artists’ footsteps as the host of the 2021CMA Awards. Look below to check out the CMA’s exciting announcement about him being the new host.
You can catch Bryan on the CMA Awards on Wednesday, November 10 at 8 PM on ABC.