Garth Brooks, left, performs "Ask Me How I Know" at the 51st annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo)
Paisley and Underwood celebrated their 10-year anniversary — as hosts of the CMAs. They joked at the top of the show about CMA sending restrictions to press, barring them from asking singers on the red carpet about politics or guns. The restriction was rescinded following backlash. They also riffed on politics, taking shots at both President Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.
"Maybe next time he'll think before he tweets," they sang to the beat of Underwood's massive hit, "Before He Cheats."
One person they didn't joke about was Taylor Swift. And though Swift is releasing her second pop album this week, she's still being awarded for her contributions to country music.
Swift won song of the year — awarded to songwriters — for penning Little Big Town's No. 1 hit, "Better Man." Swift will release her sixth album, "reputation," on Friday.
"She couldn't be here tonight but Taylor, wherever you are, thank you for this beautiful song," Fairchild said onstage.