CMA Awards 2019 Live : CMA Awards executive producer Robert Deaton sat down with Dolly Parton to read lines for the 53rd CMA Awards, which Parton will co-host with Reba McEntire and Carrie Underwood. Deaton covered Underwood and McEntire. Parton played herself.
“Within 20 seconds she ad-libs and it’s with the funniest thing … we didn’t even write anything that funny,” Deaton said. “She’s so sharp and funny and clever, and such a great writer.”
For the first time in the history of the CMA Awards, three women will host country music’s biggest night — and they boast country music’s biggest voices.
The night will be a celebration of the genre’s women and will include performancesfrom the hosts as well as Kelsea Ballerini, Miranda Lambert, Lady Antebellum with Halsey, Maren Morris, Kacey Musgraves with Willie Nelson, Pink and Chris Stapleton, Brooks & Dunn with Brothers Osborne, Garth Brooks with Blake Shelton, Eric Church, Luke Combs, Dan + Shay, Thomas Rhett and Keith Urban. A female-forward opening number will set the tone for the show, featuring McEntire, Parton and Underwood, along with Terri Clark, Sara Evans, Crystal Gayle, The Highwomen, Martina McBride, Jennifer Nettles, Tanya Tucker and Gretchen Wilson.