"I don't know how you ignore [it]," Paisley told reporters recently. "I mean, you know, we won't take a side in this."
"It's scary times if you look at it from a certain point of view," Paisley said."But if you're trying to be comedic, it's awesome, you know! There's a lot of things that are funny no matter what side of the fence you might be on. I mean, they're just funny right now."
Country music’s consummate comic believes successfully tackling such a touchy topic is all in how you approach it.
"There's a way to do it, and that's why we take so long getting this right," Paisley said. "You weave through things. You can actually take what's happening on our news stations right now and work that into how you talk about the nominees, if you want.
"You can write a parody that is an old country classic, sung about what's happening now," he added. "You know, that's sort of what we've always tried to do and this is no different in that sense. This year it just so happens that we're trying to also sort of do it wearing tuxedos."
"I'm not gonna wear a tuxedo!" Underwood joked.