For the sixth year, country superstars Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley have been tapped to host the CMA Awards. In anticipation of country’s biggest night and its cute co-hosts, we look back on our 5 favorite moments.
Gangnam goes country
You couldn’t swing a stick last year without hitting a video of someone performing their own version of Psy’s viral hit, “Gangnam Style.” We have to admit, though, Underwood and Paisley pulled it off with total panache. And can we just say how impressive it is that Underwood could trot like that in heels that high?
A tale of two ladies
C’mon, it could happen to anyone, right? When Paisley couldn’t seem to keep two very different ladies straight — pop icon Lady Gaga and country darlings Lady Antebellum — Underwood acted believably embarrassed. Of course, it was all in good fun… and hearing Paisley sing “Paparazzi” was priceless.
Who doesn’t love Miss Piggy?
Stuffed to the snout with personality, Miss Piggy isn’t a fan of sharing the spotlight. In this bit from the 2011 CMA Awards, everyone’s favorite muppet diva makes an appearance to (a) lock Underwood in a closet, (b) promote the then-new muppets movie, and (c) pig-slap Paisley for calling her bacon.
Anatomically incorrect Barbies
It’s nice to know that after Faith Hill’s angry reaction to losing a CMA to Underwood in 2006, the two can kid around without any hard feelings. Hill and her hot hubby, Tim McGraw, seemed genuinely amused when Paisley and Underwood whip out Tim and Faith Barbies. Best part? Paisley riffing, “I like it, I love it, I want some more puppet.”
Doing what they do best
Way back in 2009, Underwood and Paisley took to the stage at the CMAs to do what they do best — sing. Belting out “Remind Me,” their big hit that year, they do indeed remind us why they keep getting asked to host! They’re funny, they’re charming and, as this performance so clearly shows, they are two of the best singers in their genre. And when they duet? Well, that’s just icing on the cake.