Checotah native Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley are co-hosting the CMA Awards for the fifth straight year Thursday night in Nashville, Tenn.
The Country Music Association’s awards show will air live from Bridgestone Arena from 7 to 10 p.m. Thursday on ABC.
“We just work as a team,” Underwood told me in a recent phone interview. “If you think about — and I mean, I’m not meaning to like compare us to these people at all — there’s so many good teams in country music over the years, you know, George (Jones) and Tammy (Wynette) and Conway and Loretta (Lynn).”
“It’s great for me to have my own Conway and have my own George, you know,” she added with a laugh.
Part of the co-hosting tradition for Carrie and Brad are the hilarious promo videos they shoot leading up to the awards, which are featured in this Video Spotlight.
Underwood won’t be the only star with Oklahoma ties who shines during Thursday’s ceremony. Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert and Vince Gill also are included on the performance lineup, while Reba McEntire will appear as a presenter, the night before her new sitcom “Malibu Country” premieres on ABC.
Plus, Shelton, Lambert, Thompson Square and Toby Keith are among the CMA Awards nominees.
To read my 2012 CMA Awards preview story, click here.