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On the night of Wednesday, Nov. 2 at The 50th Annual CMA Awards, Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley continued their tradition of hosting the awards show and having the audience laughing from start to finish. Brad and Carrie got the crowd going with jokes about some of the biggest moments in news in the year since the last show.


At the top of the monologue, the two sang a quick song about the evening and snuck in a little commentary about the 2016 presidential election.

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The play on the lyrics to Randy Travis’ classic, “Forever and Ever, Amen,” continued after the awards show’s epic eight-minute opening performance that had the legendary Randy singing along with country acts of past and present.

“The election forever and ever, forever and ever, forever and ever, forever and ever, forever and ever,” the duo harmonized. At the end of the song, Paisley jokingly begged God to make the election end.

Throughout the rest of the monologue the two made jokes about the previous year’s pop culture events and peppered their material with jokes about the election.

“This show is rigged,” Brad told the audience. “Bigly,” he said, echoing the words of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.

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Brad then kept his election jokes coming when he told Carrie that she was acting like a “nasty woman.”

Carrie Underwood kept things a little more pop culture focused with a joke about how “Brad [Pitt] and Angelina [Jolie] had broken up since the last show.”

“Yeah we did,” Brad Paisley joked.

In an effort to cheer him up, Carrie announced that everyone in the audience was going to go home with a “basket of deplorables.”

By the end of the monologue, the two had broken out into song once again and engaged in some fun banter with NFL legend Peyton Manning.

Once Carrie announced that it was time to get on with country music’s “biggest night ever,” The 50th Annual CMA Awards finally began.


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Douglas Barclay is the Entertainment Editor at Rare. Follow him on Twitter @douglabarclay17
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