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Luke Bryan and Peyton Manning team up to host the 56th Annual CMA Awards in Nashville

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Luke Bryan and Peyton Manning were revealed to be the hosts of the 56th Annual Country Music Association Awards broadcast live on Wednesday, November 9.

This year’s ceremony will take place at Bridgestone Arena in the heart of downtown Nashville, Tennessee, and nominations have yet to be announced.

Bryan, who hosted the show last year and performed at CMA Fest in June, is a two-time winner of the top prize – Entertainer of the Year.

Manning is a first-time host, but has plenty of practice in the spotlight as one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time, having played in the NFL for 18 seasons before officially retiring in March 2016 after winning Super Bowl 50.


Luke Bryan and Peyton Manning will host the 56th Annual Country Music Association Awards on Nov. 9 in Nashville.
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The “Born Here Live Here Die Here” singer made the announcement while hosting Monday’s episode of “Live with Kelly and Ryan” with Ryan Seacrest.

“To be part of such a historic evening that honors my peers and country music is such a privilege,” Bryan said in a statement. “When I was asked if Peyton Manning was someone I would consider co-hosting with, I didn’t hesitate.”

He added, “We’ve become great friends over the years, and what he brings to the table is going to make it even more awesome. I know he’s been to the CMAs before, but he’s never been with me. Hey Peyton, I hope you’re ready for the night of your life!”

Luke Bryan and Peyton Manning team up to host the 56th Annual CMA Awards in Nashville

Caroline Boyer and Luke Bryan in a Tom Ford suit walk the red carpet at the 55th CMA Awards
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Manning was equally excited, “I can’t wait to get to Nashville and take the CMA Awards stage alongside my friend Luke Bryan. I’m a big fan of Country Music, so having the chance to stand among so many incredibly talented artists absolute honour.”


CMA shared the announcement on Instagram, “I’ve just written our #1 picks for the 2022 #CMAawards! We’ve definitely marked this year with two-time CMA Artist of the Year @LukeBryan and Superstar of the NFL, @PeytonManning as our hosts! Let the award season begin! Watch Wednesday, Nov. 9 on @ABCNetwork.”

“Country Music’s biggest night will undoubtedly live up to expectations this year,” said Sarah Trahern, CMA’s General Manager. “On an evening where we celebrate the best of the best in country music, we’re thrilled to have two award-winning hosts at the helm! I can’t wait to see what Luke and Peyton have up their sleeves, which , I’m sure, to be hilarious, unpredictable and cheerfully energetic, just like the two of them.”

Luke Bryan and Peyton Manning team up to host the 56th Annual CMA Awards in Nashville

Peyton Manning is known to be one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time. He kicks a football during his induction into the Denver Broncos Ring of Honor at halftime of an NFL football game against the Washington Football Team, Sunday, Oct. 31, 2021, in Denver.
(AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)


“Just when we thought we couldn’t top Luke’s explosive energy and signature charm as host of last year’s CMA Awards, we’re bringing him back alongside sports legend Peyton Manning for the biggest night in country music,” said executive vice president of Walt Disney Television, Unscripted. and Alternative Entertainment Rob Mills said. “Their dynamic chemistry and magnetic friendship are the perfect anchor for this year’s star-studded show.”

Previous hosts include Carrie Underwood, Reba McEntire, Brad Paisley and Dolly Parton.


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