Carrie Underwood reveals baby's sex
8:20 p.m.: Garth Brooks opened the CMAs on Wednesday with a tribute to the victims of the California bar shooting that left 13 dead, including the shooter. He said, "Tonight's show is lovingly dedicated to the 12 individuals who we lost far too soon just a week ago at the Borderline in Thousand Oaks, California," before asking the audience to join him in a moment of silence.
Next, Luke Bryan took the stage and said, "Let's do what we do and let's be proud of what makes us country tonight," before launching into a spirited rendition of "What Makes You Country." Several country artists including Chris Janson, Luke Combs, Cole Swindell and more joined Bryan on stage to close out the performance.
Hosts Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood came to the stage to riff and jam on the CMA Awards, with Paisley playing the guitar while both of them sang.
"You have really let yourself go," Paisley told Underwood before she informed him that she's pregnant.
Paisley bugged Underwood to reveal the sex of her baby, and though she initially refused, he continued to press her, throwing the names of both male and female country stars at her.
Finally she confessed, "Willie, it's a Willie!"
Paisley said that her first son would come sing her a song, but really, young yodeler Mason Ramsey serenaded Underwood instead.
Later, Paisley joked to Underwood that she can drop off her children at his joint bar and daycare center. She asked him for the exact location so she can inform child protective services.
Paisley said he was going to floss and began to take out some dental floss, to take part of the flossing trend. Underwood said that he was thinking of the wrong kind of floss, and asked Bryan to demonstrate the floss dance for them from the audience .
Lady Antebellum presented the first award of the night for song of the year, which went to "Broken Halos" by Chris Stapleton and Mike Henderson. They thanked their families and colleagues for the award.