51st Country Music Association Awards â Show – Nashville, Tennessee, U.S., 08/11/2017 – Lady Antebellum, Darius Rucker (C) and Keith Urban (R) carry out “Hold My Hand.” REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni – HP1EDB903KKFX
The 51st Annual CMA Awards opened with a somber message after which segued into jokes concerning the president.
The present began off with the primary verse of “Amazing Grace” carried out by Eric Church earlier than Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum, Darius Rucker and extra teamed as much as carry out “Hold My Hand.”
Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley hosted the present for the 10th consecutive yr, and Underwood opened the present by itemizing off current tragedies, just like the capturing in Las Vegas that claimed the lives of 58 nation music followers on the Route 91 Harvest Festival final month.
She additionally talked about the current hurricanes and the Texas church capturing on Sunday.
“This has been a year marked by tragedy… including so many in our country music family,” she advised the group. “So tonight, we’re going to do what families do come together, pray together. Cry together and sing together too.”
Paisley chimed in, “Look the way we see it, the best way to honor our fans is to play our music, loud and proud,” he stated, dedicating the present to all we have misplaced this yr. “We love you and we will never forget you.”
In the previous, the present has opened with jokes and political banter, and following the intense opening, this yr was no totally different.
The stars commented on the current controversey surrounding the CMAs press tips, noting that the present is meant to be freed from politics. Paisley lamented not having the ability to sing topical songs reminiscent of, “Way Down Yonder on the Scaramucci,” “Hold Me Closer Bernie Sanders,” “Harper Valley DNC” and “Stand by Your Manafort.”
Paisley then strummed a guitar and sung a parody of Underwood’s “Before He Cheats” with lyrics geared toward President Trump.
“Right now he’s probably in his PJs, watching cable news, reaching for his cell phone,” Paisley sung.
Underwood joined in, “It’s fun to watch it that’s for sure, till little ‘Rocket Man’ starts a nuclear war. Maybe next time he’ll think before he tweets.”
The duo has hosted the present consecutively since 2008, they usually returned Wednesday for the 2017 CMA Awards on the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee.