Billboard: Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley promised early on in the show that nothing was off limits, and they certainly held up their end of that statement, joking aboutTaylor Swift leaving country behind, Ebola, President Obama, Renée Zellweger, and even Underwood's pregnancy during the opening monologue of the 48th annual CMA Awards.
They kicked things off singing about "dearly departed" George Strait and how much they missed him. Imagine their "surprise" when the camera cut to Strait laughing in the audience. Just because you retired doesn't mean you stop showing up at events!
(That's one of the cutest faces I've ever seen Tay make. Don't even know what it is. Just dig it.)