Watch Brad Paisley Live for 'Today' at CMA Awards 2016

"We're not promised tomorrow," Brad Paisley told the crowd before taking off his host hat and putting on his artist hat to perform "Today" at Wednesday night's (Nov. 2) CMA Awards.

The performance -- which simply showed off Paisley's skills as a lyricist and guitarist -- was made even more powerful with scenes from 50 years of the CMA Awards playing behind him. The montage showed just how many superstars the world of country music has created, and just how early they supported them -- hell, Willie Nelson was even a brunette in his clip.

Paisley ended the retrospective performance by removing his signature white hat and holding it over his heart.

Watch the reflective song above.