Luke Bryan and Peyton Manning have been announced as the hosts of the 2023 CMA Awards.
The “Play It Again” singer is teaming up with the football legend for the second year in a row to host the Country Music Association Awards that will take place at Nashville’s Bridgestone arena on November 8.
The duo are only the fourth hosting pair to return as hosts in the 57 year history of Country Music’s Biggest Night. Mac Davis and Barbara Mandrell shared co-hosting duties from 1980-82. Brooks & Dunn co-hosted three times, from 2004-2006. And Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood hold the record for the most turns as host with 11 years in a row, from 2008 to 2018.
Ratings show that Bryan and Manning’s partnership was a popular combination among viewers, so it’s no surprise that the Country Music Association has asked them to take on hosting duties once again.
Luke, who hosted the show solo in 2021, shared with The Tennessean his primary goal when it comes to headlining the big event.
“It’s a big, fun night for me. [I want] to try to make sure that I’m always creating some laughs, some fun moments and making sure everybody can be comfortable in the room,” Bryan told the outlet prior to last year’s award ceremony.
If last year’s show is any indication, we are in for a treat. In addition to Luke Bryan and Peyton Manning’s hilarious commentary, viewers can expect plenty of surprised award winners and memorable performances from some of country music’s biggest names.
Last year’s event got started with an emotional tribute to two-time Entertainer of the Year Loretta Lynn who had died just a few weeks prior. In addition, viewers were treated to performances from Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert, Thomas Rhett, Carly Pearce, Hardy with Lainey Wilson, and more.
The nominees, performers and presenters for this year’s CMA Awards will be announced later this summer, per the CMA’s website.
Watch Carrie Underwood, Reba McEntire and Miranda Lambert pay tribute to Loretta Lynn at the 2022 CMA Awards in the video below.