Veterans Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley reclaimed their posts as co-hosts for the CMA Awards tonight, and kicked off the big night with some memorable one-liners, announcements and jokes.
After enjoying a performance by Kenny Chesney and duet byMiranda Lambert and MeghanTrainor, 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, Carrie spotted him in the audience and kept hinting at Brad that he's back.
"You've got to let him go," Paisley insisted, and kept strumming along. At some point, he finally realized what his beautiful co-host was getting at, and they began chatting it up with Strait, who is also up for multiple awards tonight.
Paisley thenstarted joking around about Underwood's pregnancy. "And we're pregnant!" he quipped, which caused Carrie 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 probaby riding her bike right now," Brad said. To the tune of "Jolene," the pair sang, "Quarantine, quarantine, quarantine. Don't ride your bike, please don't infect my man."
Brad and Carrie also mourned the loss of a valuable country singer—Taylor Swift. Clearly, T. Swift is still alive, but as we all know by now, she has made the transition from country to pop with her latest album 1989, and now country music lovers are suffering from what the pair 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. Do you see what he did there?
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."
LOL. Watch all of their hilarious banter in the clip above!