Country royalty packed into Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday night for the 47th CMA Awards, and the show didn’t disappoint. Co-hosts Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood brought down the house with their jokes, while killer performances had audience members on their feet. Below are some of our favorite moments from the show, but which was your favorite?
1. The Opening Number: Paisley and Underwood (who changed a whopping nine times throughout the night!) opened the show with a hilarious take on the song “Why Can’t We Be Friends.” They jokingly pitted country stars against each other, sang about Obamacare and even mocked Miley Cyrus. But the best part? When the hosts twerked with the stars of “Duck Dynasty” to a cover of Robin Thicke’s hit song, “Blurred Lines.”
2. Brad Paisley’s Dolly Parton/Airbags Joke: Co-host Paisley looked like he was going to have a serious moment when he addressed the camera directly to talk about Dolly Parton, who was recently involved in a car accident. “She was treated and released from the hospital. And thankfully, Dolly did have airbags, which is good,” he said. “However, the ones in the car did not deploy.”
3. Taylor Swift’s Big Moment: It really is pretty incredible — at 23, Taylor Swift was awarded the prestigious Pinnacle Award, drawing congratulations not only from her country crooner colleagues, but also stars including Reese Witherspoon, Julia Roberts and Justin Timberlake. As her parents cried in the audience, Swift gracefully accepted the honor. “You’ve made me feel so special right now,” she said. “Thank you.”