The 2016 CMA Awards started off with a bang -- and a little shade -- when hosts Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley got political during their opening monologue

By Lindsay Kimble
November 02, 2016 08:37 PM
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50 and fearless.

The 2016 CMA Awards started off with a bang — and a little shade — when hosts Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley got political during their opening monologue.

Singing in unison, the duo admitted, “We’re so freaking sick of politics, we don’t even care who wins.”

Then, playing off of the opening number’s concluding Randy Travis song, Underwood and Paisley crooned, “This election is taking forever and ever, forever and ever, forever and ever, make it end.”

Paisley kept the election jokes coming, asserting that the show is “rigged.”

In response, Underwood asked, “The people need to know, will you accept tonight’s results?”

“No, only if I win,” Paisley promised, jabbing Underwood, “You’re a nasty woman.”

Then, as Underwood read off the nominees for entertainer of the year, Paisley pulled a Trump, interjecting with shouts of “Lies!,” “Wrong!” and “Crooked Carrie!”

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Attendees also learned that they’re heading home with a special “basket of deplorables,” which included — in addition to Faith Hill and Tim McGraw Barbies — “camo and ammo,” and beer goggles.

Wednesday night’s award show — the 50th CMAs — comes just six days ahead of the 2016 presidential election. On Nov. 8, Americans will decide between Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and GOP candidate Donald Trump.

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It’s not uncommon for the nine-time hosts to toe-the-line at Nashville’s biggest night: last year, Underwood and Paisley poked fun at Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert‘s shocking split.