“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,” Paisley explained to Southern Living. “You can see the emotion in their acceptance speeches, and the audience recognizes it, too. This means something, and it has for 50 years.”
The CMA Awards will celebrate its 50th anniversary this year, so Paisley said, “This is the year to show some class. I will be wearing a tuxedo.”
And he says he and Underwood trust each other, which is why they work so well together.
“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,” he said, adding that Underwood is the voice of reason.
Underwood weighs in, too, and describes their co-hosting duties almost like a family affair.
“We’re both willing to look stupid,” she says, “but he assumes the role of annoying big brother. And I’m sure he would call me the annoying little sister.”