Pregnant Carrie Underwood Set to Take the Stage at the CMAs

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The 52nd annual Country Music Awards airs Wednesday evening and Carrie Underwood is co-hosting with an emergency escape plan just in case she goes into premature labor.

It is unknown when exactly the country singer’s due date is, but she did announce her pregnancy on Aug. 8.

Underwood’s superstar co-host Brad Paisley says they are prepared with a quick, well-mapped route from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena to the nearest hospital.

The duo has been hosting the CMAs with one another for 11 years running, beloved for offering a comedic twist on current events during their monologue.

Despite the devastation of the Pittsburgh and Thousand Oaks mass shootings as well as the California wildfires that have killed over 40 people with hundreds of people reported missing, Paisley told the Tennessean the pair will be setting a light tone.

“If there’s anything that we’ve made our mantra, it’s that this year should be fun,” Paisley told the paper. “We should be having a good time up there with our monologue. This is an escape and that’s what people need right now.”

Underwood, 35, is also popular for her multiple costume changes throughout the duration of the awards, but Paisley joked she may just wear a pair of sweatpants this year.

Underwood is up for two awards: Female Artist of the Year and Music Video of the Year for her song “Cry Pretty.” The star will also be performing her hit song “Love Wins” on stage.

The show airs Wednesday night on ABC at 8 p.m. ET, kicking off with Luke Bryan’s opening performance of his hit “What Makes You Country?”

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