Carrie Underwood, Brad Paisley CMA Awards Video 2017 – Watch CMAs Opening!

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CMAs Opening Video

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CMAs Opening Video


Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley opened the 2017 CMA Awards on Wednesday with plenty of jokes, but they also made solemn remarks about recent tragedies. Watch the video below!

Following a performance featuring Eric Church, Lady Antebellum, Darius Rucker, Keith Urban and many other country stars singing Rucker’s hit “Hold My Hand,” Underwood and Paisley formally kicked off the 51st annual CMAs with their signature playful banter. At first, though, they talked about Charlottesville, the shootings in Las Vegas and Texas, and the devastating hurricanes before assuring everyone who was affected by those tragic events that “we love you and we’ll never forget you.” They then transitioned into their usual comedy, with Underwood saying that because of new rules and restrictions, the CMAs had to be politics-free, so they couldn’t make fun of Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders, nor could they sing songs like “Harper Valley DNC” or “Stand By Your Manafort.”

Paisley rebelled, and used the melody of Underwood’s “Before He Cheats” to sing a song about President Trump sitting on his gold-plated toilet in the White House tweeting about covfefe and Bob Corker. Underwood joined in, singing, “Maybe next time he’ll think be he tweets.” Following that, they put on special glasses and sang “Total Eclipse Of The Garth” to honor the Entertainer of the Year nominees. And right before they finished up, Paisley and Underwood did a recap of the 10 years they’ve hosted the CMA Awards, with Tim McGraw and Faith Hill coming on stage to ask why they’ve picked on them for a decade.

As noted, this is the 10th year in a row that Underwood and Paisley were chosen to co-host the Country Music Association Awards, making their streak second only to Vince Gill. The country icon famously emceed the annual event every year from 1992 to 2003. Brooks & Dunn followed in 2004, 2005 and 2006, and the 2007 ceremony was actually host-less. Then in 2008, Underwood and Paisley began their partnership.

It was revealed during the CMA Music Festival back in June that the pair would be back on stage together for this year’s awards show. Last week, Underwood and Paisley appeared on “GMA” to tease their plans. “We work really hard on this trying to come up with something,” he said of their opening and the bits they do throughout the show. And in addition to co-hosting, both are also going to perform during the broadcast. Paisley will take the stage with Kane Brown, while Underwood is expected to do a solo number.

In addition, Underwood, who was named the International Artist Achievement Award recipient in April, is nominated tonight for Female Vocalist of the Year, which she won last year, as well as in 2006, 2007 and 2008. She has two additional CMA trophies, for the CMA Horizon Award (now called New Artist of the Year) in 2006 and Single of the Year in 2007. And though Paisley isn’t nominated in any of the categories this year, he ranks fifth on the award show’s all-time winners list with 14 wins.

And to celebrate Country Music’s Biggest Night, Twitter even created special emojis using Paisley and Underwood’s likeness. The icons appear whenever someone tweets the hashtag, “#CMAawards.” Underwood tweeted on Tuesday, “We’ve officially made it!” Made it they have. Watch the full video below of Underwood and Paisley’s 2017 CMAs opening. NOTE: The video is no longer available.

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