When Gabby Barrett takes the stage at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas on March 7 to co-host the 57th Academy of Country Music Awards, she will become the youngest host or co-host in the show’s history. The show falls two days after his 22nd birthday.
She will break the record previously held by Wynonna Judd, who was 22 years and 10 months old in April 1987 when she co-hosted the show with Naomi Judd, her mother and partner in high-flying duo The Judds, and dallas Patrick Duffy.
Actor/singer John Schneider was just a little older, 23 years and a month, in May 1983 when he co-hosted the show with Jerry Reed and Tammy Wynette.
We previously reported that the main host of this year’s ACM Awards, Dolly Parton, 76, will be the oldest host in the show’s history. The other co-host this year is Jimmie Allen, 36.
The youngest hosts in rival CMA Awards history are ‘Ode to Billie Joe’ hitmaker Bobbie Gentry, who was 25 in the fall of 1967 when she co-hosted the very first show with Sonny James, and Carrie Underwood, who was 25. in November 2008, when she co-hosted the premiere of what happened to be 11 times with Brad Paisley.
The CMT Music Awards had even younger co-hosts twice. LeAnn Rimes was 14 years and 10 months old in June 1997 when she co-hosted with George Jones and Randy Travis. Miley Cyrus was 15 years and five months old in April 2008 when she co-hosted with her father, Billy Ray Cyrus.