Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley Joke About Taylor Swift, George Strait in 2014 CMA Awards Monologue [WATCH]
Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley opened the 2014 CMA Awards with a comedic tribute to the legendary George Strait and a monologue that also touched on Taylor Swift's move to pop music, the Ebola crisis, naked selfies and Underwood's pregnancy.
Paisley began the show by reminding viewers that Strait captured Entertainer of the Year 12 months earlier. He then began singing a ballad about Strait's absence.
"This year's not the same without George Strait / This is where the cowboy rides away," he sang as Underwood tried in vain to tell her co-host that Strait was, in fact, in the audience.
"It really does feel like that, Carrie," he said, not understanding that Strait was actually sitting in the front row.
Later, Paisley insisted that Underwood tell him the gender of her baby. After she whispered something in his ear, he bragged, "I know something y'all don't know. Suck it, TMZ!" Later, though, he may have let the cat out of the bag when he said, "We could name him Garth!"
The duo joked about the recent rash of leaked celebrity nudes, turning Johnny Cash's 'I Walk the Line' into a parody with the hook, "They've leaked online." Sticking with current events, they crooned, "Quarantine, quarantine" in honor of the Maine nurse who refused an Ebola quarantine.
Some of the hosts' biggest laughs came when they joked about Swift's departure from country music. They called the condition "postpartum Taylor Swift disorder," or PPTSD.
"Why isn't our government doing something about this?" Paisley shouted. "I'll be the first one to say this: President Obama does not care about postpartum Taylor Swift disorder!"
"I'm pretty sure that's why the Democrats lost the Senate," Underwood replied.
Paisley and Underwood are hosting the CMAs for the seventh consecutive year. Underwood is a multiple nominee tonight.