Carrie Underwood will choose her words carefully at this year's CMA Awards Getty Images/Michael Loccisano
Getty Images/Michael Loccisano

Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley are returning as hosts of the 50th Annual CMA Awards on Nov. 2, which is just four days before the nation elects our next president.

While Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump would love to get some airtime during country music’s biggest night, Carrie says she and Brad probably won’t be talking about the election at all.

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“I prefer to stay away from politics,” Carrie says, “and I feel like, ‘This is country music. We have 50 years to cover.’ I think we will have lots to talk about, but I think it’ll be more geared toward us and what we do and all these legends that we have and the incredible talent that we have in our genre.”

Since this is the golden anniversary for the CMA, Carrie says they’ve cooked up some amazing surprises to get people excited for the show.

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Says Carrie, “I don’t want to give anything away, but they’re doing some really cool, I hate to even call them promos, because it’s more just a celebration of our genre of music in the past, present and future. I can’t wait for people to see these, because it’s just beautifully done. There’s a lot of that going on. A lot of preparation.”

Carrie is also taking steps to make sure this year’s CMA Awards strikes the right tone, so you may see Brad and Carrie getting a little more serious with their monologue.

She explains, “We want it to feel like the 50th year. We want it to be big and beautiful and elegant, and Brad says he’s gonna wear a tux. We’ll see.”


Carrie is nominated for entertainer of the year, as well as female vocalist of the year, at the 50th Annual CMA Awards, coming up Nov. 2 on ABC.

Hunter Kelly is a senior correspondent for Rare Country. Follow him on Twitter @Hunterkelly.
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