The first official announcement about the 2014 CMA Awards has been made and country music fans will undoubtedly be tickled pink. Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood have agreed to return to host the 48th annual CMA Awards in what will be the seventh year they’ve co-hosted the show.
The Country Music Association made the announcement via their CMA World website on Wednesday. The pairing of Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood is the first in what is expected to be a long line of announcements leading up to the November 5 CMA Awards. The names of presenters and performers as well as any special awards or events happening during the show will be revealed in the weeks to come.
The CMAs hit a gold mine when they put Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood together. Each is funny in their own right, but when put together they have had moments of pure comedic genius. Though the skits are obviously pre-scripted, their timing, facial expressions and overall ability to block out the audience and carry out the scene until the final punch line shows the country stars’ commitment to rehearsing until it’s perfect.
There have been some real gems in past years. One unforgettable CMA Awards show ioncluded Brad Paisley’s admission that Little Big Town told him what “motorboatin’” really means and when he enlightened Carrie Underwood she exclaimed, “Thank God Dolly isn’t here tonight!”
Of course, the Tim McGraw and Faith Hill barbie doll skit was priceless as well. Not only was their over the top excitement in seeing the dolls good for an uproar of laughter, the Tim and Faith doll makeout session that followed was hilarious. And when they attempted to find out if the dolls were anatomically correct, Carrie Underwood had only “condolences” to offer Faith Hill. Even the real Tim McGraw couldn’t contain his laughter along with the audience.
Other great moments of past CMA Awards shows include Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood changing the lyrics to Hank Williams Jr.’s “Why Do You Drink” only to have him show up and “bust” them, a spoof of Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” that included singing with the cast of Duck Dynasty, and the shining moment of the 2013 CMA Awards when Carrie Underwood tried to explain Obamacare to Brad and exclaimed, “ “It’s great! I started signing up last Thursday and I’m almost done.”
The 2014 CMA Awards will surely feature more great comedy based on the year’s political, pop culture or country music news along with the excitement of awards being presented. MusicRow reports that Brad Paisley has won a total of fourteen CMA Awards, while Carrie Underwood has received five. Whether either is nominated for a CMA Award in 2014 should be revealed in the first part of September.