On November 4th, the CMA Awards return to Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena, with Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood returning as co-hosts for the eighth consecutive year. Tuesday evening, a few hours before they performed with Vince Gill, Emmylou Harris and Paul Simon at New York’s All for the Hall guitar pull, the pair discussed their preparation for next month’s show.
Paisley, fielding questions from Rolling Stone Country and other reporters backstage, was positive, even giddy when talking about the CMA script writing. “It’s a great year to host an award show because there’s just a lot of funny stuff,” he said. “We had a tough time last year — it was like Ebola and ISIS. It was just not funny things, and somehow we found a funny monologue in the middle of all of that. It took surgery to do it. It was looking for the little things in the current events that you could laugh it.”
The singer, a 14-time CMA award winner, has found 2015 to be a little less challenging. “This year there’s a lot you could laugh at. This election has been just amazing. They give us soundbites — we can’t keep up. And God bless. . . I guess that’s that wrong thing to say, but God bless the Ashley Madison website hack, for many reasons.”
Underwood interrupted with a clarification: “The hack, not the website.”
“No, not the website, of course not,” Paisley continued. “Although I’m glad it exists at this point, as hosts of that show. If anybody has the right to deal with a cheating website, it’s us.”
The All for the Hall events take place annually in Nashville and bi-annually in New York and Los Angeles. Profits go to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.