Carrie Underwood is set to co-host the highly anticipated 2016 CMA Awards alongside Brad Paisley Nov. 2 just days before the Presidential election. With almost every celebrity speaking out on their political views people are left wondering whether or not the traditionally private country music star will finally comment on her own views regarding the subject. Will politics be among the various banter that will take place between herself and Paisley? Not this year.
“I prefer to stay away from politics,” Underwood recently said at a press event. “This is country music, and we have 50 years to cover. So I feel like we’ll have lots to talk about, but I think it will be more geared to just us and what we do and all these legends that we have and people that have incredible talent that we have in our genre.”
Airing live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on ABC, Underwood aims to set a tone of elegance for the 50th anniversary of the award ceremony and hints at some surprises to honor one of the biggest nights in country music to date.
“We want it to feel like the 50th year. We want it to be big and be beautiful and be elegant,” she continues. “It’s obviously a huge year…I don’t want to give anything away, but they’re doing some really cool … I hate to even call them promos, because it’s more of just a celebration of our genre of music: the past, the present and the future.”
This marks the ninth consecutive year Underwood and Paisley have co-hosted the CMAs together. You can watch one of their most recent promotional clips for the highly anticipated award ceremony singing a mash-up of “Take Me Home, Country Roads” and “I Will Always Love You” in the video below!