CMA Awards Hit Trump, Joke About Tweets Causing Nuclear War

November 8th, 2017 11:49 PM
The 51st Annual Country Music Association Awards (CMAs) was broadcast from Nashville on ABC Wednesday, November 8. The hosts, for the 10th time in a row, were country music stars Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood. The tone of the show was somewhat somber as the opening musical performance, backed up by an ensemble cast of country stars, began with Luke Bryan singing "Amazing Grace" and went from…

50th Annual CMAs Work in Politics Without Being Too Political

November 3rd, 2016 3:00 AM
Wednesday night’s Country Music Association Awards were so chock full of tributes, special appearances, and medleys to celebrate its 50th anniversary that there wasn’t much time to get political. Last year hosts Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley made a bunch of political references. This year the hosts were over it and sang, “We're so freaking sick of politics we don't care who wins. The election…

Trump Gets Big Cheers at CMAs, Hillary and Carson Bashed

November 5th, 2015 12:21 AM
The 49th Annual Country Music Association Awards just wrapped up and while hosts Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood said their goal was to not be political, they still managed to get in some cultural references and shots at the likes of Bruce Jenner, Donald Trump, Josh Duggar, Hillary Clinton, and Dr. Ben Carson.

Country Music Stars Joke About Obama's Reaction to Election Loss

November 6th, 2014 1:12 PM
Barack Obama's reaction to Tuesday's big election loss for the Democrats was mocked at the Country Music Awards by Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley. If their act looks somewhat familiar, they were the same duo who mocked ObamaCare last year at the same show.  

Leno: ‘Obama’s Better Off Smoking Crack Than Passing ObamaCare

November 7th, 2013 9:57 AM
Barack Obama’s signature legislative accomplishment took quite a hit on television Wednesday. After Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood mocked it during the Country Music Association Awards, NBC Tonight Show host Jay Leno said the President is “better off smoking crack than passing ObamaCare” (video follows with transcript and commentary):

Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley Mock ObamaCare at Country Music Awar

November 7th, 2013 1:43 AM
ObamaCare has become such a disaster that it was openly mocked during the Country Music Association Awards Wednesday. Early in the program, hosts Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood sang “ObamaCare By Morning” (video follows with transcript and commentary):

Bozell Column: Who's More Demeaning Than Brad Paisley

April 13th, 2013 7:50 AM
Country music star Brad Paisley is either an idiot or a genius. If he wrote the song "Accidental Racist" to stir a whirlwind of (mostly bad) publicity, he's a genius. But the negative cultural consensus strongly suggests he should have never been dumb enough to try to write a racial-harmony song. Paisley performed the song as a dialogue with rapper LL Cool J, now a star on the CBS drama "…

NY Times Critic Happy Country Music Finally Shedding Its Conservatism

April 10th, 2013 2:30 PM
Music critic Jon Caramanica reviewed country star Brad Paisley's latest album "Wheelhouse," in "Taking Country Less Conservative" for the Arts section of Wednesday's New York Times. Caramanica gave Paisley backhanded compliments for "openmindedness" while insulting the genre of country music as rigidly conservative (Caramanica has previously given backhanded praised to country music itself, for…

WaPo's Joe Heim: Country Music Often Filled with Hate

June 30th, 2009 2:06 PM
 "When they're runnin' down my country [music], man, they're walkin' on the fightin' side of me."Merle Haggard's most famous lyric could well be adapted to express the reaction country music fans may have upon reading Joe Heim's latest review in the June 30 Washington Post. Heim's lead paragraph begins with a drive-by attack on the genre as a whole:Country music has always had something of an…