Now in his sixth consecutive year as co-host of “Country Music’s Biggest Night™,” Brad Paisley is Country’s veritable jack of all trades. Not only is he an amazing vocalist and guitar slinger – he’s also an accomplished filmmaker. He’s been inspired by many legends, and has himself become one of the greats. His latest album, Wheelhouse, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Country Albums chart, selling over 100,000 copies the first week.
“I really think that the CMA Awards are a very special thing in our town,” said Paisley. “When they say it’s ‘Country Music’s Biggest Night™,’ it is. It’s the biggest night of ratings that we ever get. The reason that I think it has worked is because we both take it so seriously that we’re ready when we walk out there.”
Paisley is No. 5 on the list of all-time top CMA Award winners with 14 Awards to his credit:
- CMA Horizon Award (now the New Artist Award) (2000)
- CMA Entertainer of the Year (2010)
- CMA Male Vocalist of the Year (2007, 2008, 2009)
- CMA Album of the Year (2006 for Time Well Wasted)
- Three-time CMA Musical Event of the Year winner (2004 with Alison Krauss for “Whiskey Lullaby,” 2006 for “When I Get Where I’m Going” with Dolly Parton, and 2009 for “Start a Band” with Keith Urban)
- CMA Vocal Event of the Year (2001 for “Too Country” with Bill Anderson, George Jones, and Buck Owens)
- Three-time CMA Music Video of the Year winner [2002 for “I’m Gonna Miss Her (The Fishin’ Song),” 2004 for “Whiskey Lullaby” (with Krauss), and in 2007 for “Online,” 2008 for "Waitin' on a Woman" (featuring Andy Griffith).
Following her victory as the 2005 “American Idol,” Carrie Underwood made her first appearance on the CMA Awards premiering the powerful and heartfelt “Jesus, Take the Wheel.” Since then, Underwood has gone on to co-host the CMA Awards five times, and she returns to the now-familiar role for the sixth consecutive year in 2013.
“I think I can speak for both of us when I say that we are extremely excited to be back for a sixth year hosting the CMA Awards,” said Underwood. “Each year we work harder so that we can help present the best show possible.”
Underwood’s latest album, Blown Away, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 all-genres chart in May 2012, selling more than 200,000 copies its first week, and the album’s latest single “See You Again” became Underwood’s 18th No. 1. Beyond enjoying the heights of music stardom, Underwood has expanded her career into film and television, making her acting debuts in the 2011 inspirational film “Soul Surfer” and playing a love-interest to the lead character on CBS-TV’s “How I Met Your Mother.”
Underwood has won five CMA Awards to date:
- CMA Horizon Award (now New Artist of the Year) (2006)
- CMA Female Vocalist of the Year (2006, 2007, 2008)
- CMA Single of the Year (2007 for “Before He Cheats”)