Reba McEntire, Darius Rucker Set to Host CMA Awards

Darius Rucker and Reba McEntire
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The Nov. 11 show will mark McEntire's fifth time as CMA Awards host and Rucker's first.

Reba McEntire and Darius Rucker have been tapped to host the 54th annual CMA Awards.

The Country Music Association said Monday that the duo — both of whom are previous CMA Awards winners — will host the show, airing live from 8-11 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Nov. 11, from Music City Center in downtown Nashville.

This will mark McEntire's fifth time as CMA Awards host and Rucker's first.

CMA CEO Sarah Trahern said of the pair: "Their playful chemistry and genuine warmth are exactly what we know our viewers want to see this year. We look forward to bringing fans a night of celebration, live performances and a television experience unlike any other. We cannot wait to share more details about our show in the coming weeks."

Nominations for CMA Awards were revealed last month, with Miranda Lambert leading the pack with seven noms. Overall, Lambert has 55 total CMA Awards noms in her career, which puts her in fourth place on the all-time list behind George Strait (83), Alan Jackson (81) and Brad Paisley (58). She also edged out McEntire, who this year earned her 51st career nom, as the most nominated female artist in CMA Awards history.

Winners will be determined by eligible voting CMA members. The third and final ballot closes Oct. 27.