Carrie Underwood, Brad Paisley Open CMAs With Ebola And Obama Jokes, Taylor Swift Tribute — WATCH VIDEO HERE!
The co-hosts, back as emcees for the seventh consecutive year, first paid tribute to George Strait, last year’s Entertainer of the Year, with a song Paisley played on a guitar as he and Underwood sang. Paisley then amusingly announced afterward, “We’re pregnant!” Underwood shot back, “I don’t remember you being there!” The country crooner pestered the expectant “American Idol” winner to reveal whether she’s having a boy or a girl, which she ultimately whispered to him. Paisley then happily declared, “I know something y’all don’t know — suck it, TMZ!”
The duo then musically mocked Maine nurse Kaci Hickox, who has been criticized for not abiding by ebola quarantine instructions. But Paisely and Underwood went on to seriously talk about another major issue… “Post-Partum Taylor Swift Disorder.” Paisley said he knows President Obama doesn’t care about “PPTSD,” revealing that he found out after jumping the White House fence. Of Obama’s apathetic attitude, “I’m pretty sure that’s why the Democrats lost the Senate,” quipped Underwood. Paisley went on to sing about Swift switching to the pop genre, saying, “Country music’s just gonna have to shake it off.”
The pair then made fun of Renee Zellweger’s changing looks, and celebrated Garth Brooks’ return to the CMAs. “Do you think he’ll sign my baby?” asked Underwood, before Paisley said, “Hey! We can name him Garth!” Whoops! There went Underwood’s baby gender secret! That bit was followed up with another musical number about naked celebrity selfies before things really got down to business with the first award of the night.
The Country Music Association puts on the event, which has been held at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena since 2006. While Paisley isn’t up for any awards this year, Underwood scored three nominations. She’s nominated for the coveted Female Vocalist of the Year Award, as well as Musical Event of the Year and Music Video of the Year, both for “Something Bad,” her collaboration with fellow country superstar Miranda Lambert. The results of those two categories, however, were announced on “Good Morning America” on Wednesday morning and, alas, Underwood did not win.
Paisley and Underwood will both hit the stage for performances later on in the show. Lambert, Blake Shelton, Lady Antebellum, Florida Georgia Line and many more top acts are also among the scheduled performers.
Check out Underwood and Paisley’s opening below. Tell us what you think in the comments!