Brad Paisley had a little help from his friends when he performed "Country Nation" on the 2015 CMA Awards.

In a nod to the song's video, dozens of and dozens of colorful college mascots danced and cheered in bleachers behind Paisley, as the CMA Awards host performed his current single. Later, a troupe of cheerleaders joined the fray, tumbling and even forming a pyramid at one point in celebration.

Paisley, who himself sported a black football jersey with the number 15 on it, ended the song by coaxing out a brief electric guitar solo and tipping his cowboy hat to the excited characters behind him on stage.

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