On November 9, ABC will livestream the annual ceremony of the Country Music Association.
The 56th annual CMA Awards will be co-hosted by Peyton Manning and Luke Bryan.
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Bryan will serve as host for the second year in a row, the Country Music Association and ABC announced on Monday, while Manning, a former NFL player, will serve as host for the first time. Bryan is a two-time recipient of the coveted CMA Award for entertainer of the year. He has won numerous other honours for his work as a country singer.
The nominees for this year’s ceremony have not yet been made public, but it will take place on November 9 at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena.
Bryan stated in a statement, “When asked if Peyton Manning is someone I would consider co-hosting with, I didn’t hesitate. “Over the years, we have become into great friends, and what he brings to the table is going to make it even more fun. I am aware that he has attended the CMA Awards before, but never with me. Hey Peyton, I hope you’re prepared for the most unforgettable night!
Manning expressed his excitement about joining Bryan on stage. The Hall of Fame quarterback said in a statement, “I am such a tremendous lover of country music, so to get the chance to stand among so many incredibly brilliant performers is an unbelievable pleasure.”
Announcing that the ceremony “will be hilariously unpredictable and joyfully lively, just like the two of them,” CMA CEO Sarah Trahern commended the co-hosts.
ABC will broadcast the 56th annual CMA Awards live on Wednesday, Nov. 9.