Country Stars Have the Best Comebacks When They Read Mean Tweets for the CMAs

In a new edition of the viral Mean Tweets series, artists ranging from Kacey Musgraves to the Brothers Osborne read aloud — and responded to — some of the worst things people have said about them online

Country stars proved on Jimmy Kimmel Live! that they’re not going to let internet trolls stop them from enjoying Nashville’s biggest night!

In a new edition of the viral Mean Tweets series, artists ranging from Kacey Musgraves to the Brothers Osborne read aloud — and fired back at — some of the worst things people have said about them online. Airing after the 2018 Country Music Awards, the video drew some pretty high-profile participants.

Highlights include Musgraves, 30, admitting that the insult she endured was accurate — her fashion isn’t, in fact, that country — and Jon Pardi‘s devastation when someone questioned both his talent and that of the Baja Men of “Who Let the Dogs Out” fame. “I love that song,” he whined.

In addition, Jay DeMarcus of Rascal Flatts did a stellar Chad Kroeger impression in response to a tweet that accused his band of being worse than Nickelback.

The video begins with Jake Owen being told to “lick a fat pimple-covered d—k and so can all you fake f—ing ‘country’ people with your boots and flannels.”

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After Musgraves was advised to put more clothes on, the “Die a Happy Man” singer read, “I bet Thomas Rhett’s jeans are bedazzled.” Then Midland were told, “The guys in @MidlandOfficial all look like Sacha Baron Cohen in various disguises,” before offering up their own Borat impression.

Dierks Bentley couldn’t stop laughing as he read, “Dierks Bentley sucks and I’ll be happy to tell him about it Saturday night at his concert.”

Luke Combs was especially enthused to hear that he “looks like the human manifestation of cornbread.” In fact, he couldn’t resist chuckling, “I like that one. That one’s good.”

And to conclude, Dan + Shay happily “touched d—s” after a “fan” accused them of doing so in their spare time. “Damn right we do,” they deadpanned while standing crotch-to-crotch.


The star-studded CMAs, hosted by Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley since 2008, featured presenters like Kane Brown, Carly Pearce, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town and more, with performances from Underwood herself, Jason Aldean with Miranda Lambert, Luke Bryan, Keith Urban, Kenny Chesney, and Kelsea Ballerini, among many others.

The 52nd Annual CMA Awards - Show
Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley. Jason Davis/FilmMagic

For the second year in a row, the CMA Awards had a somber opening, this time in memory of those who died in the mass shooting during “country night” at the Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks, Calif on Nov. 7.

Garth Brooks. ABC

“On behalf of our country music community, I want to say that tonight’s show is lovingly dedicated to the 12 individuals who we lost far too soon just a week ago tonight at the Borderline in Thousand Oaks, Calif.,” Garth Brooks said, lights illuminating the arena behind him. “Tonight, let’s celebrate their lives.” A moment of silence followed.

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Following Brooks’ tribute, Luke Bryan got the show going with a performance of “What Makes You Country,” featuring cameos from a handful of country friends.

Luke Bryan. Erika Goldring/WireImage

Other amazing performances came from Chris Stapleton, Maren Morris and Mavis Staples, as well as Keith Urban and Brad Paisley, who joined recent Country Music Hall of Fame inductee and bluegrass legend Ricky Skaggs.

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