CMA Awards 2014: Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley Joke About Post-Partum Taylor Swift Disorder, Ebola, & More in Monologue
Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley promised early on in the show that nothing was off limits, and they certainly held up their end of that statement, joking about Taylor Swift leaving country behind, Ebola, President Obama, Renée Zellweger, and even Underwood's pregnancy during the opening monologue of the 48th annual CMA Awards.
They kicked things off singing about "dearly departed" George Strait and how much they missed him. Imagine their "surprise" when the camera cut to Strait laughing in the audience. Just because you retired doesn't mean you stop showing up at events!
From there, there were plenty of pregnancy jokes from Underwood and Paisley about Underwood's baby bump. After Underwood secretly whispered the gender of her child to Paisley, Paisley seemed to blow it when he excitedly told Underwood later in the monologue, "We could name him Garth [Brooks]!" As Paisley then noted after Underwood's shocked expression, "Hashtag Brad Blew It." All just an elaborate bit, or was that Underwood's way of telling fans she'll be welcoming a baby boy before too long?
Elsewhere in the parody song-packed monologue, Paisley and Underwood sang a song about the recent nurse who refused to comply with the Ebola quarantine warning, set to the tune of "Jolene." Sample lyric? "Please don't affect my man."
As for the tall, skinny newly minted pop star-sized elephant in the room? Underwood and Paisley joked about an epidemic that was sweeping the nation: Post-Partum Taylor Swift Disorder, or PPTSD. (Saturday Night Live's Swiftamine can probably help out with that.)
"President Obama doesn't care about PPTSD," Paisley joked a la Kanye West. "Who's gonna fill her shoes?" they sang. "Who's gonna be that tall? ...Country music is just gonna have to shake it off," they concluded, before noting that they hoped Swift would come back to country at some point.
All that, plus an entirely unnecessary song about accidental leaked nude photos! Here's to many more, Brad and Carrie.
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