As most country fans already know, Carrie Underwood is slated to host this year's Country Music Association Awards with Brad Paisley for the third year in a row, but The Boot reports that Underwood will also perform at the awards show. The 44th annual CMA Awards will be broadcast live on ABC from Bridgestone Arena in the country music capital of Nashville, Tenn. on Nov. 10. Underwood joins a star-studded batch of performers that includes her fellow host, Paisley, along with Keith Urban, Reba McEntire, George Strait, Sugarland, Dierks Bentley, Kenny Chesney, Blake Shelton, Lady Antebellum and Miranda Lambert.
Nov. 10 is going to be a busy night for Carrie Underwood, as the singer is nominated for Female Vocalist of the Year and Album of the Year for Play On. In the Female Vocalist of the Year category, Carrie will compete for the prize against Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride, Reba McEntire and Taylor Swift. Play On will face off against Lady Antebellum's Need You Now, Miranda Lambert's Revolution, George Strait's Twang and Dierks Bentley's Up On the Ridge for the coveted Album of the Year honor.
Underwood and Paisley announced that they would be teaming up to host the CMAs again on Aug. 26, reports The Boot. During the press release conference unveiling the news, which was held at a studio just outside of Nashville, Underwood told reporters why she and Paisley decided to host another year. "They asked! There was no hesitation for me," said the newlywed, who married hockey star Mike Fisher in July, adding, "The past two years have been so good, and the first one, I was so proud of us, but in the differences between last year and the year before, I feel like we were just so much more comfortable on stage being hosts.
It was a lot of fun. It flies by."
Fans don't have to wait until November to tune into the CMA Awards to see Carrie Underwood perform though, as she is in the midst of her Play On Tour. The second leg of Carrie's road trip launched from Portland, Ore. on Sept. 25 and will see her weaving her way throughout North American through December. Underwood's tour will come to an end in Calgary, Alberta on Dec. 19. Carrie Underwood tickets to see the country singer perform at Los Angeles' Hollywood Bowl sure went fast, as AllAccess.com reports that Carrie's Hollywood Bowl show sold out!
17,000 fans were on hand to watch Carrie and special guests Billy Currington and Songs of Sylvia perform at the Hollywood Bowl. During the show, Underwood delivered a rendition of the hymn "How Great Thou Art" and Randy Travis also popped up on stage to perform the pair's hit duet "I Told You So." Rock guitarist Orianthi also made an appearance and performed "Last Name" with Carrie. Carrie wrapped up the show with "Before He Cheats" and "Songs Like This," which she performed while fireworks erupted over the Hollywood Bowl.