Carrie Underwood is getting ready to host the 53rd annual CMA Awards for her 12th consecutive year.
On Friday’s “Good Morning America”, Underwood shared what fans can expect from this year’s show, which will honour women in country music.
“I feel like the whole tone of the night is just going to be very heartfelt and sincere,” revealed the singer.
Underwood’s usual co-host Brad Paisley has been replaced by special guests and Country Music Hall of Fame members Reba McEntire and Dolly Parton.
The reigning CMA Female Vocalist of the Year also discussed the show’s history-making opening performance.
“Of course we’re going to have fun moments because it’s me and Dolly and Reba, but it’s a tribute to legends–women of country music, the now, current people and we’re looking to the future, too.”
The star-studded all-female medley features Terri Clark, Sara Evans, Crystal Gayle, Martina McBride, Jennifer Nettles, Tanya Tucker, and Gretchen Wilson, along with Brandi Carlile, Natalie Hemby, Maren Morris, and Amanda Shires of the Highwomen.
But for Underwood, it’s a full-circle moment hosting alongside two of her idols.
“For me, personally, getting to be in a room with Dolly and Reba, those are two women that taught me how to do what I do,” said the singer. “Looking forward, I want girls to be watching this at home and seeing all of us on that stage and getting inspired and thinking, I could do that too. I want to be a part of that.”
And, of course, the Oklahoma native revealed the three will undergo many costume changes, featuring lots of fringe and rhinestones: “It will be amazing.”
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Underwood, who just wrapped up her 60-date “Cry Pretty Tour 360” in support of her sixth studio album, confessed she still gets nervous hosting the show even after 12 years.
“I’m always nervous for the first five minutes and then it’s like, ‘OK, this is just fun,'” said Underwood. “The audience is just great, you get a good energy back and it’s Nashville. It’s our home.”
The “Cry Pretty” singer is up for three awards, including Female Vocalist of the Year, Album of the Year, and Entertainer of the Year.
The CMA Awards will air Wednesday, November 13, from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena.