Super duo Brooks & Dunn will host the festivities for the third consecutive year and are back at the helm with their endearing blend of humility and humor. Since blasting onto the scene with their No. 1 debut single, "Brand New Man" in 1991, Brooks & Dunn have had 23 No. 1 singles, sold more than 28 million albums and picked up 15 CMA Awards, including Entertainer of the Year in 1996. They hold 13 CMA Vocal Duo of the Year Awards - a record for the category.
"It's our 40th Anniversary and we are ready to make this the most outstanding Awards broadcast to date," said CMA Chief Operating Officer Tammy Genovese. "We are back in Nashville after our very successful excursion to New York City in 2005; Brooks & Dunn are back as hosts, after doing an incredible job the past two years; and we are looking forward to tapping into the creativity and enthusiasm of our new network partner, ABC."
"The 40th Anniversary should be an amazing show," said Kix Brooks of Brooks & Dunn. "Everybody'll be there - just like New York. You have that many distractions and everybody forgets how many times you screw up!"
"We're pushing our luck," partner Ronnie Dunn deadpanned.