An Awards Show Actually Managed to Avoid Politics for Once, and People Are So Appreciative of It

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The CMA Awards celebrated music, positivity, and love in a night that avoided politics.

While many awards shows are becoming more about political commentary than celebrating talented entertainers, the CMA Awards chose to take a different route this year.

Co-host Brad Paisley said he felt political jokes aren’t as humorous as they once were.

“I’m not gonna touch that. I just don’t find politics funny anymore,” Paisley told Taste of Country. “There was a time when it was. It’s just not funny to me anymore.”

Both Paisley and co-host Carrie Underwood chose to focus on moments that helped unite the viewers and those attending. Country music star Garth Brooks started the night with a tribute to the Thousand Oaks shooting victims.

“Let the music unite us with love in their enduring memory,” he said.

There were many other uplifting moments, such as Underwood revealing the gender of her baby:

Brooks debuted a touching song written about his wife:

Underwood gave a stellar performance of her hit, “Love Wins”:

Many viewers posted on social media about their relief at watching an awards show with no political agenda:

Some country singers, like Cassadee Pope, were also relieved to hear the show would avoid politics.

“I did hear that they’re not going to get political,” Pope said. “Which is good.”

Paisley also commented on how the political humor at awards shows could make some feel unwelcome.

“I want everyone to feel welcome…we’re not out here to offend anyone,” Paisley said.

What do you think?

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Josh Billinson

Interesting to see them take a different route from so many other awards shows. Also really enjoyed Garth Brooks’ new song!


So are we all just ignoring the 30% drop in ratings from last year despite no politics?

Ryan Desmarais

I wonder if other award shows will look at the seemingly positive response that the CMAs got for not including politics in its show and will attempt to emulate it in their future shows.

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