Brad Paisley is back again for his 11th consecutive year as co-host of the CMA Awards with Carrie Underwood. In addition to being a co-host extraordinaire for the past decade, Paisley has a long list of titles under his belt including, vocalist, guitar legend, songwriter, filmmaker, and comedian, to name a few. Paisley currently has 24 #1 hits to date—with writing credits on 21 of the songs. This year he released his 11th studio album Love and War, which is Paisley's 9th studio album to debut at #1 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart.
"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."
Paisley is No. 5 on the list of all-time top CMA Award winners with 14 Awards to his credit:
CMA Horizon Award (now the New Artist Award) (2000)
CMA Entertainer of the Year (2010)
CMA Male Vocalist of the Year (2007, 2008, 2009)
CMA Album of the Year (2006 for Time Well Wasted)
Three-time CMA Musical Event of the Year (2004 with Alison Krauss for "Whiskey Lullaby," 2006 for "When I Get Where I'm Going" with Dolly Parton, and 2009 for "Start a Band" with Keith Urban)
CMA Vocal Event of the Year (2001 for "Too Country" with Bill Anderson, George Jones, and Buck Owens)
Three-time CMA Music Video of the Year [2002 for "I'm Gonna Miss Her (The Fishin' Song)," 2004 for "Whiskey Lullaby" (with Krauss), and in 2007 for "Online," 2008 for "Waitin' on a Woman" (featuring Andy Griffith).