Veterans Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley reclaimed their posts as co-hosts for the CMA Awards Wednesday, and kicked off the big night with some memorable one-liners, announcements and jokes.
After enjoying a performance by Kenny Chesney and duet by Miranda Lambert and Meghan Trainor, the dynamic duo took the stage and got the show rolling.
They began with a (jokingly) tearful tribute to George Strait, who won Entertainer of the Year at the CMAs last year and then announced his retirement. "George, wherever you are tonight, this song's for you," Paisley said. As the pair began singing their tune for the country-crooning pal, Underwood spotted him in the audience and kept hinting at Paisley that he's back.
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"You've got to let him go," Paisley insisted, and kept strumming along. At some point, he finally realized what his co-host was getting at, and they began chatting it up with Strait, who was also up for multiple awards on the night.
Paisley then started joking around about Underwood's pregnancy. "And we're pregnant!" he quipped, which caused Underwood to interject, "Brad, I don't remember you being there."
He responded, "Carrie, you can't keep me out of this child's life," and begged to know whether she's having a boy or a girl. After some persuading, she pulled him aside and whispered in his ear. "I know something you all don't know. Suck it TMZ," Paisley gloated, but it wasn't long before everyone knew what he knew.
While talking about Garth Brooks return, Brad accidentally (maybe?) said, "We should name him Garth!" and gestured to Carrie's baby bump. BOOM, the cat's out of the bag.
They even took a crack at Ebola. "This song goes out to one feisty little nurse in Maine, who's probably riding her bike right now," Paisley said. To the tune of "Jolene," the pair sang, "Quarantine, quarantine, quarantine. Don't ride your bike, please don't infect my man."
Paisley and Underwood also mourned the loss of a valuable country singer—Taylor Swift. Swift has made the transition from country to pop with her latest album "1989," and now country music lovers are suffering from what the hosts call Post-Partum Taylor Swift Disorder, or PPTSD.
Paisley exclaims his frustration with Barack Obama for not caring about the disorder, which prompted Carrie to say, "I'm pretty sure that's why the Democrats lost the Senate." Ooooh. It's all good, they sang a little jingle to say goodbye and reassured everyone that they're just going to have to "shake it off."
The two hosts stated that they would not make fun of Renée Zellweger, though. Nope. "She could be here. How would we know? She's a master of disguise," Paisley said.
He also poked fun at the scandalous celeb nude photo leak by joining Carrie for a little rendition of "Walk the Line"...with a twist. "I keep a close watch on this cloud of mine, I've changed my password twice, but I take naked selfies all the time, I'm scared I'll find they leaked online."