Sean Pendergast

J.J. Watt's Celebrity Ascension Continues, Co-Hosting CMT Awards With Erin Andrews

At this point, it's undeniable that J.J. Watt long ago crossed over from being a celebrity within his sport to being a celebrity who transcends his sport. But if you're wondering where the rise of J.J. Watt's celebrity status is going to stop and settle in (because it's late May, the Astros suck and, frankly, there's not much else to wonder about these days), the bar went higher on Wednesday morning.

The 2016 CMT Music Awards are scheduled for June 8, and last year, if you recall, J.J. Watt was a celebrity presenter of one of the awards, and, as good friends with $100 million contracts should do, he brought along a bunch of his Texans buddies for the private jet ride to Nashville...

It was a glorious night on which Watt and his teammates got to rub elbows with some of the Titans in country music and from Hollywood. Tough to top that. In fact, really, the only way to top it would be if Watt co-hosted THIS year's CMT awards bash...with Erin naturally, that's exactly what's happening. 

For the second year in a row, Andrews will be hosting country music's biggest night of the year, and her sidekick will indeed be the three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year, J.J. Watt. The announcement was made Wednesday morning, and here's what Andrews had to say:

"I'm thrilled to come back to Nashville to co-host the CMT Music Awards," Andrews said in a statement. "I had so much fun last year, and I can't wait to see what antics JJ and I will get into together. Plus, there's nothing better than seeing my favorite country artists get recognized for their great work." 
For his part, Watt is understandably thrilled for this opportunity on a nationally televised entertainment event like this one. Here's what he had to say (while possibly doing a 75-inch box jump simultaneously): 

"Having presented at the CMT Awards last year, I got a first-hand look at the energy and excitement of the event and I am very excited to be involved in a much larger capacity this year as co-host," Watt shared. "There are two things that I know about the people of Nashville... they love country music and they know how to throw a party. When you put those two things together, it makes for one heck of a night. I can't wait to host the awards with Erin and be part of such a great night, honoring the biggest stars in country music."
Of course, television events like this are old hat for Andrews, who is best known for her work covering football on FOX and as a co-host for ABC's Dancing With The Stars. For Watt, this is next-level TV work. That said, for a guy who is 27 year old, spends seemingly 27 hours a day working out, and has a day job as the best football player on earth, Watt has assembled a nice résumé of thespian endeavors...

The CMT Awards air on CMT on Wednesday, June 8, at 7 p.m. local time in Houston. 

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Sean Pendergast is a contributing freelance writer who covers Houston area sports daily in the News section, with periodic columns and features, as well. He also hosts afternoon drive on SportsRadio 610, as well as the post game show for the Houston Texans.
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