It’s the end of an era for the CMA Awards.

On Monday, Carrie Underwood announced that after 12 years hosting the annual celebration of country music alongside Brad Paisley, she’s now ready to call it day.

Taking to Instagram, the 36-year-old country star told followers that after hosting for so many years, she’s now ready to pass the torch to someone else.

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“One of the highlights of 2019 and of my entire career so far was being on stage with the legends that are Reba and Dolly Parton,” wrote Underwood, who co-hosted alongside Brad Paisley from 2008 until 2018, and shared hosting duties in 2019 with Reba McEntire and Dolly Parton.

“I’m so proud that we could celebrate the incredible female artists that are part of the legacy of country music, past, present and future, and I’m thankful for the huge audiences all over the world that tuned in to see it. It’s hard to believe that it was my 12th year hosting and I will always treasure every show, from the 11 that I was so lucky to do with my partner in crime and friend for life, Brad Paisley, to sharing the stage with two of my all-time heroes,” she added.

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“I’m so incredibly grateful to everyone involved with the CMA Awards all these years,” she concluded. “It’s hard to imagine topping what we have accomplished together, so I’ve decided that it’s time to pass the hosting torch (at least for now!) to others that will cherish it and honour it as much as I do. I’ve got so many exciting things coming in the new year and beyond, and I can’t wait to see what the future has in store for all of us.”

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One of the highlights of 2019 and of my entire career so far was being on stage with the legends that are Reba and Dolly Parton. I’m so proud that we could celebrate the incredible female artists that are part of the legacy of country music, past, present and future, and I’m thankful for the huge audiences all over the world that tuned in to see it. It’s hard to believe that it was my 12th year hosting and I will always treasure every show, from the 11 that I was so lucky to do with my partner in crime and friend for life, Brad Paisley, to sharing the stage with two of my all-time heroes. I’m so incredibly grateful to everyone involved with the CMA Awards all these years. It’s hard to imagine topping what we have accomplished together, so I’ve decided that it’s time to pass the hosting torch (at least for now!) to others that will cherish it and honor it as much as I do. I’ve got so many exciting things coming in the new year and beyond, and I can’t wait to see what the future has in store for all of us. #blessed #MemorableMoments

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