Going into the 50th annual Country Music Awards last night, host Carrie Underwood said she wanted to stay away from politics.
“I prefer to stay away from politics,” she said before the show, according to IJ Review. “This is country music, and we have 50 years to cover. So I feel like we’ll have lots to talk about, but I think it will be more geared to just us and what we do and all these legends that we have and people that have incredible talent that we have in our genre.”
However, Underwood and her cohost Brad Paisley couldn’t resist taking a dig at Hillary Clinton. During their opening skit, the pair expressed how “tired” they are of this election.
“This election is taking forever. Forever and ever. Forever and ever. Forever and ever, Amen,” they sang to the Randy Travis classic.
As Underwood recited the names of nominees, Paisley interjected randomly:
CU: …our buddy, Keith Urban.
CU: Also nominated — Luke Bryan and Chris Stapleton…
BP: LIES! Crooked Carrie.
CU: Crooked Carrie? And over here is another entertainer of the year nominee, Mr. Trisha Yearwood, Garth Brooks.
BP: Okay, that one’s true.
BP: It doesn’t really matter what I think, because this show is rigged… Bigly.
CU: No, it’s not, Brad. But the people need to know: will you accept the results?
BP: Yes. If I win.
CU: You’re not even nominated!
BP: Then no. And you’re a nasty woman.
They later mocked Clinton by handing out a “basket of deplorables” to every attendee!
The basket included the following essentials:
Ammo (Miranda’s favorite caliber, y’all)
Willie Nelson’s potted meat
“Girl Crush” hard soda (in Florida Georgia Lime)
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