Behind the Scenes with Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood
Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley
Nashville's Dynamic Duo will reurn this year to celebreate 50 years of country music at the CMA Awards.
The Importance of the CMA Awards
"If you're an actor, you want to win an Oscar, and if you're a country music artist, you want to win a CMA Award." -Brad Paisley
Celebrating 50 Years
"One of the things that's exciting this year," explains Sarah Trahern, CEO of the CMA, "is that we've invited back past winners in the Entertainer of the Year and Male and Female Vocalist of the Year categories.
Underwood and Paisley return to cohost the 50th CMA awards this year for the 9th time.
Watch This Year's Celebration
The awards show, which drew 16 million viewers in 2015, will air on November 2nd on ABC.
Guess How Many CMA Awards They've Won
Between them, they've won some 20 CMA Awards.
A Team Effort
They write a large part of the show's material, texting each other with ideas months ahead of time.
Paisley promises to step up his usual casual attire for this year's festivities, which excites the always glamorously dressed Underwood.
Over the years, they've settled into their comfortable identities on the show, Underwood playing the "straight man" who reins in Paisley's flights of fancy.
"There's a lot of trust between us," Paisley adds. "That's key when you're standing out there on that tightrope. More than that, what makes a great balance is she has such grace, and I don't."
"The personas you see onstage are really their natural chemistry. It's something magical."
—Sarah Trahern on Carrie and Brad
Music City Royalty
With a deep love of traditional country music, they bridge the rural sounds and sensibilities of yesterday with country's modern hybrid of pop, rock, soul, hip-hop, and blues.
Small Towns to the Big Stage
His hometown has a population of 1,164 and 2 stoplights, and her hometown has a population of 3,261 and 4 stoplights.