This time, the joke was on Kanye.
Already a target early on at the Country Music Association Awards when co-hosts Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley poked fun at him through song, the rapper received another jab after a country legend crashed the stage during an exchange between the telecast’s co-hosts.
“I just gotta say, “Welcome to the Future” was probably one of my favorite videos in a long time,” Underwood told Paisley.
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But before Paisley could reply, Little Jimmy Dickens, 88, a member of the Grand Ole Opry known for his novelty tunes, crashed the stage and launched into a (humorous) tirade. “Excuse me, sir,” he said, cutting off Paisley. “I’ll let you finish later. I know you had a nice video and all, but Taylor Swift made the best video of all time. Of all time! You go, girl!”
And the CMAs agreed: Swift’s “Love Story” won best music video of the year.
Dickens, of course, was poking fun at West’s now-infamous stagecrashing at this year’s MTV Music Video Awards, where the rapper interrupted Swift’s acceptance speech. Swift, meanwhile, seemed in on the joke, laughing modestly in her seat as the audience at Nasvhille’s Sommet Center howled.
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Paisley had the last laugh. “What kind of security do we have that a 4 ft., 9 inch, 85-year-old man gets by it,” he said.