Dolly Parton to co-host CMA Awards in ‘legendary women celebration’

Dolly Parton poses with her award during the 50th Annual Country Music Association Awards in Nashville
Singer Dolly Parton poses backstage with her Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award during the 50th Annual Country Music Association Awards in Nashville, Tennessee, U.S., November 2, 2016. REUTERS/Jamie Gilliam

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Dolly Parton will be co-hosting this year’s Country Music Association Awards alongside Reba McEntire and veteran host Carrie Underwood. Parton and McEntire are replacing Brad Paisley, who has co-hosted the CMA Awards since 2008.  

The organization says that the show is set to celebrate “legendary women in country music throughout the ceremony.” 

However, there is only one female nominee for the CMA’s top prize, entertainer of the year: host Carrie Underwood. 

The last time a woman was named entertainer of the year was Taylor Swift in 2011, and female nominees have been noticeably absent from that list altogether for the last two years. Explaining, perhaps, the shift in the co-hosting lineup.

In any case, the star-studded event will be sure to captivate with live musical performances from Kelsea Ballerini, Brooks & Dunn with Brothers Osborne, Garth Brooks with Blake Shelton, Dan & Shay, Eric Church, Luke Combs, Lady Antebellum with Halsey, Miranda Lambert, Reba McEntire, Maren Morris, Kacey Musgraves with Willie Nelson, Old Dominion, Dolly Parton for KING & Country & Zach Williams, PINK with Chris Stapleton, Thomas Rhett, Blake Shelton, Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban.

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Dolly is also slated to perform a choir-backed faith-based medley as announced backstage at her 50th Anniversary Celebration at the Grand Ole Opry. 

I’m secretly hoping this medley includes a bit of her recently released EDM style collaboration “Faith” (with Galantis feat. Mr Probz) which was just released a couple of weeks ago. (Don’t knock it ‘til you’ve heard it.)

And if I were a bettin’ woman I’d say it’s safe to say that Dolly will deliver a few unforgettable, headline worthy Dollyisms during her co-hosting duties… something we can all look forward to.

The 53rd Annual CMA Awards will air LIVE from Nashville, TN’s  Bridgestone Arena Wednesday, Nov 13 at 8pm ET on ABC Television Network.


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