CALGARY (CelebrityAccess) – The Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) has today (Aug. 6) announced that reigning CCMA Male Artist of the Year Dallas Smith and recent Billboard record-breaking singer, songwriter and actor Billy Ray Cyrus will co-host the 2019 Canadian Country Music Awards presented by TD.
“I’m thrilled to be co-hosting this year’s CCMA Awards with Billy Ray Cyrus – he’s a legend!” shared Smith. “This is going to be a great time and I can’t wait to celebrate country’s biggest night with everyone.”
A multiple JUNO and CCMA Award-winning entertainer, Dallas Smith is one of the most celebrated artists in Canadian Country music. He is the first and only Canadian country artist in the Nielsen BDS era, to have seven #1 singles, including four consecutive chart-toppers from the same album. Nominated for four 2019 CCMA Awards (Apple Music Fans’ Choice, MNP Male Artist of the Year, FORD Album of the Year, Entertainer of the Year), Smith will be heading out on the road across Canada following his co-host duties as part of the Friends Don’t Let Friends Tour Alone Tour this fall, alongside Dean Brody.
“This is really a full circle moment for me because I received my first ever platinum record plaque while I was in Canada in the 90s,” added Cyrus. “We also shot the series ‘Doc’ in Toronto, so it feels like coming home every time I’m in Canada. I’m really looking forward to co-hosting the show with Dallas.”
This is the first time that Billy Ray Cyrus will be hosting an award show and his first time taking to the CCMA Awards stage. Cyrus has been making headlines since his 1992 breakout single “Achy Breaky Heart” and has continued to make waves in the industry most recently with his country-rap hybrid collaboration with Lil Nas X “Old Town Road.” The song, which has now clocked 18 weeks at #1 on the Billboard charts, is officially the longest-running #1 single in history.
The 2019 CCMA Awards will air live on Global from Calgary’s Scotiabank Saddledome on September 8 at 9 p.m. EST/PST.