“It’s all about country music. We all live here,” Underwood said, in a statement, about returning to the event. “This is our community.”
Paisley, too, pointed toward the community aspect of the event. “You’re looking at a roomful of people who love each other,” he said in a statement, “and any new viewer will be pleasantly surprised at what they relate to on the Awards.”
Over the years, Paisley has collected 13 CMAs, while Underwood has won five. Last year, Taylor Swift swept the awards show, earning four trophies, including the night’s biggest honor: entertainer of the year.
The show will be telecast on ABC.