Luke Bryan to host Country Music Association Awards

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Luke Bryan is takunnter stage on country’s biggest night.

The country singer and “American Idol” judge will host the CMA Awards live from Bridgestone Arena in Nashville next month, the Country Music Association and ABC announced Monday.

“The CMA Awards is one of the biggest nights of the year for country music,” Bryan, 45, said in a statement.

“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.”

Bryan, a two-time CMA Entertainer of the Year, follows Reba McEntire and Darius Rucker, who hosted last year’s show.

Nominations, announced last month, were led by Eric Church and Chris Stapleton with five each, followed by Gabby Barrett with four. Miranda Lambert, Brothers Osborne, Kane Brown, Luke Combs, Ashley McBryde, Maren Morris and Chris Young were each nominated for three awards.

Church, Combs, Lambert, Chris Stapleton and Carrie Underwood are all up for entertainer of the year.

Performers and presenters have not yet been announced. The CMA Awards will air live on ABC on Nov. 10 from 8-11 p.m. ET.

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