Garth Brooks opened the 2018 Country Music Association Awards in Nashville on Wednesday.
The veteran country crooner held a moment of silence for the 12 victims of the Borderline Bar & Grill shooting last week.
And Carrie Underwood revealed she’s having a boy during the opening monologue with Brad Paisley as they kicked off the annual music ceremony.
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Hostess: Carrie Underwood stole the spotlight at the CMA’s in Nashville on Wednesday
Brad was poking fun at Carrie that she ‘let herself go’ as she is obviously very pregnant. He also referred to a past reveal in saying, ‘Hey, remember last time when I accidentally revealed the gender of your baby?’
He tried to get her to reveal the baby’s name, saying, ‘Seriously Carrie, give me a little baby hint? Johnny or June? Keith or Nicole. Garth or Trisha. Tim or Faith. George or Tammy. Waylon or Willie?’ to which Carrie joked, ‘Oh my gosh – Willie, it’s a Willie, OK?’
Brad retorted, ‘I have two boys myself,’ as the audience went wild, assuming Carrie will be adding another boy to her brood with husband Mike Fisher. They already share three-year-old son Isaiah.
Carrie later took to the stage to perform her single Love Wins, with a huge choir in tow.
Big reveal: And Carrie revealed she’s having a boy during the opening monologue with Brad Paisley as they kicked off the annual music ceremony
Funny couple: Brad was poking fun at Carrie that she ‘let herself go’ as she is obviously very pregnant and during the cheeky tête-à-tête, Carrie announced the baby’s name would be ‘Willie’
Name game: And during the cheeky tête-à-tête, Carrie announced the baby’s name would be ‘Willie’ which fans speculated she revealed the gender as male
Broken Halos by Chris Stapleton won Song Of The Year to start off the night.
Jason Aldean and Miranda Lambert performed their new song Drowns The Whiskey.
Thomas Rhett performed his famous single Life Changes with a red satin jacket sporting the title as the audience went wild.
Center of attention: Kelsea Ballerini rocked the crowd as she was hoisted on chairs during performance of her new female empowerment anthem, Miss Me More
Kick off: Luke Bryan kicked off the celebration as he was the first performer to grace the stage
Little singer: Viral sensation Mason Ramsey performed a quick ditty
Tequila was performed next by Dan and Shay as they sang the lyrics: ‘But when I taste tequila, baby I still see ya, Cutting up the floor in a sorority t-shirt.’
Single Of The Year was awarded next and went to Broken Halos by Chris Stapleton again.
Brad and Carrie had a blast passing out Nashville hot fried chicken to the audience.
Duet: Jason Aldean and Miranda Lambert performed their new song Drowns The Whiskey
Stylish: Aldean wore a blue suede coat with blue jeans as he entertained the crowd in the duet
Strange stars: Stranger Things’ Mackenzie Foy and Noah Schnapp announced an award
Rousing: Tequila was performed next by Dan and Shay as they sang the lyrics: ‘But when I taste tequila, baby I still see ya, Cutting up the floor in a sorority t-shirt.’
Fan favorite: Thomas Rhett performed Life Changes with support from horn players and drummers
Kelsea Ballerini gave a rousing performance of her new female empowerment anthem Miss Me More as she was surrounded by a group of background dancers.
The standing ovation for Kelsea was followed by Old Dominion playing their hit single Hotel Key with the lyrics ‘She kept the hotel key, Slipped it in her purse.’
Old Dominion then captured the honors for Vocal Group of the Year, besting top acts including Lady Antebellum, LANCO, Little Big Town, Midland.
Brett Young then delivered a rousing rendition of his hit Mercy before a series of country-genre radio winners were announced in the broadcast.
New country music hall of famer Ricky Skaggs then regaled the crowd with a medley of songs that highlighted his amazing bluegrass talents. Midland then took to the stage to perform Eastbound and Down.
Kacey Musgraves’s Golden Hour was named as the album of the year, besting competitors including Chris Stapleton’s From A Room: Volume 2, Keith Urban’s Graffiti U, Thomas Rhett’s Life Changes and Dierks Bentley’s The Mountain.
‘It’s inspired by this beautiful universe, all of you, and most of all love,’ Kacey said of her album in her acceptance speech.
Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line performed an emotional duet of Meant To Be, and later, Luke Combs sang, She Got the Best of Me.