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:
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Brooks debuted a touching song written about his wife:
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Underwood gave a stellar performance of her hit, “Love Wins”:
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Many viewers posted on social media about their relief at watching an awards show with no political agenda:
First awards show I’ve watched in almost 2 years. No garbage. No politics. Just love and some damn good county music. Well done ?? #CMAawards
— Kaitlyn Sherry (@SherryKaitlyn) November 15, 2018
A big shout out to Brad Paisley & Carrie Underwood for keeping politics out of the 2018 CMA Awards where Keith Urban was named Entertainer of the Year. ?? @BradPaisley @carrieunderwood #CMAawards Sometimes people just want to listen to music. @FoxNews https://t.co/Q6vtWPq6lP
— David Burke (@ConservativeTht) November 15, 2018
A big SHOUT OUT to the #CMAawards for no mention of politics on their show last night. Kept it light and enjoyable for all, this was real entertainment as it should be, great music with great musicians. Well done and THANK YOU to all! pic.twitter.com/9zVdGUplKz
— Gina❌?#MAGA?? (@GodFirstGina) November 15, 2018
— Cristina Huff (@HuffCristina) November 15, 2018
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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.