The Country Music Association Awards got very political very quickly when the hosts opened Wednesday night’s show by mocking President Donald Trump
Country music superstars Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood kicked off the 51s annual awards show by wearing eclipse sunglasses, poking fun at the commander-in-chief – who at one point looked at August’s solar eclipse without wearing eye protection.
The pair also sang an opening song with the lyrics ‘Maybe next time he’ll think before he tweets’, a play on Underwood’s hit song ‘Before He Cheats’.
Paisley then strummed a guitar and sung a parody of Underwood’s 2005 hit.
‘Right now he’s probably in his PJs, watching cable news, reaching for his cell phone,’ Paisley sung.
Underwood joined in: ‘It’s fun to watch it that’s for sure, ’til little “Rocket Man” starts a nuclear war. Maybe next time he’ll think before he tweets.’
Fans took Twitter to express reactions – both positive and negative – to the pair’s opening gags.
‘Ok. ‘Before He Tweets.’ That. Was. Brilliant,’ wrote one user.
Conversely another tweeted: ‘Well even the #cmaawards has to open up by mocking the President. Time to find something else to watch that won’t involve politics.’
Ahead of Paisley and Underwood’s debut, they said they were going to be ‘equal opportunity offenders’ when it came to joking about political figures.