Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley as CMA Awards Hosts: How'd They Do?

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Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley hosted the CMA Awards for the sixth time Wednesday night, and it seemed like old hat to these country music pros.

Good cop, bad cop is a strategy they've employed before, and they worked it to perfection at the 2013 CMA Awards, with Brad playing bad as usual.

Carrie got in her digs (at Blake Shelton and Obamacare, among other targets), but the bulk of the mostly good-natured verbal shots were fired by Paisley.

Among his top targets? Miley Cyrus stands out, first and foremost.

Yes, the Bangerz singer with a penchant for Twerking came up as Paisley addressed Taylor Swift, who he thanked for being so squeaky-clean and joked:

"I want to thank you from a grateful industry," he said, "for never once humping a teddy bear or gyrating with Beetlejuice. I really appreciate it. I know it's not easy."

Brad also provided us with an update on Dolly Parton's car accident, saying, "Thankfully, Dolly did have airbags ... however, the ones in the car did not deploy."

He gave "That's My Kind of Night" singer Luke Bryan a hard time about his dancing, saying "I thought they were mini-seizures." Carrie said he twerks.

Kicking off the show with a skit about feuds, Paisley and Underwood had Kellie Pickler pass out notecards to fellow country stars that named their new foe.

When she failed to hand them out as quickly as Paisley would've liked, perhaps due to her restrictive gown, he remarked, "Come on there, Baywatch, get going."

How do you think they did as hosts? Grade the country duo below?

 

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Those two are the ying and yang of the show as the comedic level rises to the occasion. I am terribly, terribly upset that Carrie didn't win the Female Vocalist award. No hate for Miranda but this one should have gone to Carrie.