CMA Awards 2022: Luke Bryan and Peyton Manning will host country music’s biggest night

Nashville, TN — A country music superstar and legendary NFL quarterback will co-host the CMA Awards live from Nashville on ABC on Nov. 9.

Luke Bryan announced Monday that he will be joined by his friend, Peyton Manning, for the 56th annual show. Bryan, who was twice voted artist of the year by CMA, promises his friend “the night of his life”.

Bryan used his spot as a guest host on “Live with Kelly and Ryan” to make the announcement.

“I’m bringing in ‘Omaha’ himself, Mr. Peyton Manning, to co-host with me,” the singer told Ryan Seacrest.

After the show, he told Eyewitness News why Manning is such a good choice for Country’s Biggest Night. Turns out “it’s a perfect fit” because Manning has been such a big country fan for so long.

“He’s been very, very committed to country music since his early days, when you saw him go to a lot of Kenny Chesney shows, get on stage and sing,” Bryan said.

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Manning said he was thrilled with the opportunity.

“I can’t wait to get to Nashville and take the CMA Awards stage alongside my friend Luke Bryan,” Manning said. “I’m a huge country music fan, so having the chance to stand among so many incredibly talented artists is an absolute honor.”

Bryan staged his first time so well last year that he was rehired, and this Wednesday he will be seen on ABC as part of a CMA Fan Fest special.

People travel from all over the world to meet the stars at the event, but it had to be canceled due to the pandemic. In June, the streets of Nashville were once again packed for the event, because as Bryan said, “everyone is getting more and more comfortable being in the crowd.”

There has long been a bond between country stars and their fans that doesn’t exist in other musical genres.

Bryan took part in his “Raised Up Right Tour”, and he says the enthusiasm from the fans is such that it feels like his first as a headliner.

“Country music fans are really, really in tune with who the artist is, and once they fall in love with that artist and what they believe in and sing about, you have them forever,” said he declared.

This bond was only deepened during the time artists and fans had to spend separately.

“I did an ABC/CMA situation in an empty stadium, and it was pretty depressing, even though we did it,” Bryan said. “But being able to come back with all the fans on the streets of Nashville and in the stadium is pretty special.”

For those who couldn’t be there, highlights will air Wednesday starting at 8 p.m. on an ABC primetime special hosted by Dierks Bentley and Elle King.

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