Brad Paisley is one of the hardest working musicians and vocalists in country music. His long list of accomplishments spans more than a decade and includes collaborations with many of the genre's iconic pioneers (Alisson Krauss, Dolly Parton, Alabama). When it comes to the CMA Awards -- a gig that has met critical acclaim -- he admits to CMT News that he couldn't possibly fill the shoes of co-host with anyone other than the incomparable Carrie Underwood.
"I can't see hosting that show with somebody else, you know? There are things that you could see yourself doing in the future with other artists here and there," Paisley told reporters, "but as far as that goes, that really works with the two of us."
He adds, ""We work so well together and we've figured it out."
Underwood and Paisley are set to take the reigns at the upcoming 47th Annual CMA Awards live from Nashville's Bridgestone Arena for the sixth year running. Over the years (since 2008), the charismatic duo have supplied plenty of skits poking fun at themselves, their talented peers and the entertainment industry at large. At last year's show, the hosts took a jab at Taylor Swift and her ex-boyfriend Conor Kennedy, using her "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" hit as the material for the hilarious skit.
"Carrie and Brad are the consummate hosts," Ed Hardy, president of the CMA board of directors, said in a statement. "They have the respect of our industry, artistic credibility, critical acclaim and a quick-witted, genuine rapport that makes them popular with our audience and the viewers at home. We are delighted to have them back as hosts for the sixth year."