The Country Music Association (CMA) has announced who will be hosting its annual awards show with one of this year’s judges having some Mississippi ties.
Former NFL star Peyton Manning will team up with CMA Entertainer of the Year Luke Bryan to host “The 56th Annual CMA Awards” live from Nashville, Tenn. on November 9.
“I cannot wait to head to Nashville and take the CMA Awards stage alongside my friend Luke Bryan,” Manning said. “I am such a huge fan of Country Music, so to have the chance to stand among so many incredibly talented artists is an absolute honor.”
Bryan originally announced the news while guest hosting Monday’s episode of Live with Kelly and Ryan.
“Being a part of such a historical night that honors my peers and Country Music is such a privilege,” he said. “When I was asked if Peyton Manning was someone I would consider co-hosting with, I didn’t hesitate. We have become great friends through the years and what he brings to the table is gonna make it even more of a blast. I know he’s been to the CMA Awards before, but he’s never been with me. Hey Peyton, I hope you’re ready for the night of your life!”
This will be Bryan’s second year in a row hosting the CMA Awards, while Manning will be a first-time host.
Final nominees for “The 56th Annual CMA Awards” will be revealed in the coming weeks.