Luke Bryan Named Host of The 55th Annual CMA Awards

Luke Bryan Named Host of The 55th Annual CMA Awards

Two-time CMA Entertainer Of The Year Award winner Luke Bryan has been named the host of this year’s awards show.

This is the first time Luke will be handling the hosting duties for the CMA Awards.

He says “The CMA Awards is one of the biggest nights of the year for Country Music, 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.”

Luke remembers, when he was younger, watching other country artists handle the job, “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.”

Of course this isn’t Luke’s first turn at award show hosting – he co-hosted the ACM Awards from 2013 to 2017…with Blake Shelton the first 3, and Dierks Bentley the last two.

But now that it’s his first time solo, Luke has one very clear goal, “I’m looking forward to making it fun and memorable and using this platform to continue to make Country Music shine.”

The 55th Annual CMA Awards – hosted by Luke Bryan – will be handed out on Wednesday, November 10th 2021, live from Nashville, Tennessee. Broadcasted on ABC TV at 8/7c.

Photo Credit: CMA/ABC/Robby Klein

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Dustin Lynch & MacKenzie Porter talk about “Thinking ‘Bout You”

Dustin Lynch & MacKenzie Porter talk about “Thinking ‘Bout You”

Dustin Lynch recalls the exact moment during the writing of “Thinking ‘Bout You” when they thought it could work as a collaboration, “We realized, after we got to the chorus, wait a second, this is the duet moment we’ve been looking for. We can have the girl on the other end of the line, and her come in on the second verse, and now it’s a conversation. And I do think that’s why it’s so approachable and people relate to it and those phone calls can be life changing sometimes.”

As the song is knocking on the door to the number-one spot on the country music airplay chart, MacKenzie Porter shares that she and Dustin haven’t had a lot of opportunities to perform the hit song together, “The crazy part is like, we’ve actually probably sang it separately, more than we’ve sang it together, because our touring schedules are different. So then when we do get to do it together, it’s like oh yeah this is how, this is how it’s supposed to go, I’m not supposed to sing Dustin’s first verse, which I do in my own show. It just feels so natural.”

Photo Courtesy of Dustin Lynch & MacKenzie Porter