Now in his fifth consecutive year as co-host of "Country Music's Biggest Night™," Brad Paisley is Country's veritable jack of all trades. Not only is he an amazing vocalist and guitar slinger - he's also an accomplished filmmaker. He's been inspired by many legends, and has himself become one of the greats. His latest album, This Is Country Music, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Country Albums chart, selling 152,000 copies the first week.
"I really think that the CMA Awards are a very special thing in our town," said Paisley. "When they say it's 'Country Music's Biggest Night™,' it is. It's the biggest night of ratings that we ever get. The reason that I think it has worked is because we both take it so seriously that we're ready when we walk out there."
Following her victory as the 2005 "American Idol," Carrie Underwood made her first appearance on the CMA Awards premiering the powerful and heartfelt "Jesus, Take the Wheel." Since then, Underwood has gone on to co-host the CMA Awards four times, and she returns to the now-familiar role for the fifth consecutive year in 2012.
"I think I can speak for both of us when I say that we are extremely excited to be back for a fifth year hosting the CMA Awards," said Underwood. "Each year we work harder so that we can help present the best show possible."
Underwood's latest album, Blown Away, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 all-genres chart in May 2012, selling more than 200,000 copies its first week, and the album's lead single "Good Girl" became Underwood's 15th No. 1. Beyond enjoying the heights of music stardom, Underwood has expanded her career into film and television, making her acting debuts in the 2011 inspirational film "Soul Surfer" and playing a love-interest to the lead character on CBS-TV's "How I Met Your Mother."