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Carrie Underwood Hangs Up Her Hat, No More CMA Hosting Gig After 12 Years: 'It's Time To Pass The Torch'

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By Jeff Mazzeo

Carrie Underwood is gonna make us all "Cry Pretty" because she announced that she is done hosting the Country Music Awards after 12 years.

The 36-year-old broke the news via Instagram on Monday and expressed how happy she was to make all those memories. She shared her hosting duties with her "friend for life" and fellow country artist, Brad Paisley for the first 11 years but in 2019 she was joined by Reba McEntire and Dolly Parton.

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Career Highlight Gig

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Carrie shared a lengthy statement that started with a reflection on last year's CMA Awards and the past 12 months.

"One of the highlights of 2019 and of my entire career so far was being on stage with the legends that are Reba and Dolly Parton. I’m so proud that we could celebrate the incredible female artists that are part of the legacy of country music, past, present and future, and I’m thankful for the huge audiences all over the world that tuned in to see it."

The 2019 CMA Awards were nice but they lacked the magic that she and Paisley had while on stage together.

"I will always treasure every show, from the 11 that I was so lucky to do with my partner in crime and friend for life, Brad Paisley, to sharing the stage with two of my all-time heroes. I’m so incredibly grateful to everyone involved with the CMA Awards all these years."

The Sad Goodbye

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Country artists are stereotypically bad at goodbyes but she managed to give up the gig with honor and grace.

"It’s hard to imagine topping what we have accomplished together, so I’ve decided that it’s time to pass the hosting torch (at least for now!) to others that will cherish it and honor it as much as I do," she said.

We will not see her hosting abilities for a while but that does not mean she is riding off into the sunset. She made sure to let her fans know that she is gearing up for a big 2020.

"I’ve got so many exciting things coming in the new year and beyond, and I can’t wait to see what the future has in store for all of us. #blessed #MemorableMoments"

She Never Stops Working

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Carrie has been go go go since having her second son with Mike Fisher back in January and perhaps she's ready to relax a little bit and focus on her music. Preparing for the live hosting gig can't be easy and she admitted to PEOPLE that she felt pressure to return to work after giving birth to Jacob Bryan Fisher.

“After having my first kid, I felt like I bounced back fast. And then with Jake, it was like my body took a minute to get back to me. It was frustrating, because I’m like, ‘Why wasn’t it like the first time?’" Underwood asked. “But I’m four years older. That also helped me shift my mindset — I’m still working hard, wanting to be the best me possible, but cutting myself slack and just thinking, ‘Be kind to yourself.’ It’s amazing what we [women] do to ourselves. We’re probably all our toughest critics."

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