Get yer boots on because it’s officially time for the CMA Awards!
No one knows how to kick off a show like Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley — but to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the award show, the opening performance had more stars than the confederate flag!
The star-studded opening number commenced as Vince Gill played the late Merle Haggard‘s Mama Tried, Carrie performed Tammy Wynette‘s Stand By Your Man, Brad played Buck Owens‘ I’ve Got a Tiger By the Tail with Roy Clark, and Reba McEntire belted out her hit Fancy!
The medley of hits continued with Alabama performing Mountain Music, Alan Jackson playing Don’t Rock The Jukebox, Charlie Daniels playing Devil Went Down To Georgia, Clint Black performing Killin’ Time, Dwight Yoakam performing Guitars, Cadillacs, and Ricky Skaggs playing Country Boy!
Ending on a heartwarming note, Randy Travis took the stage — in a major appearance since suffering a stroke back in 2013 — as all of the performers gathered around him to sing the legend’s hit Forever and Ever, Amen. Awwww!
AH-Mazing! Ch-ch-check out the legendary opening number (above)!