Dirty boob jokes were expected. Yet Carrie Underwood, Dolly Parton and Reba McEntire delivered that and then some in their hilarious opening for Wednesday’s (Nov. 13) 53rd Annual CMA Awards. The dialogue playfully tackled ageism and weed with elegance, grace and originality that were totally representative of their respective humors.
But under all that hilarity, they got to the heart of the night and that is to inspire driven young women watching at home to continue pursuing their dreams of one day making an impact on the world.
“This year, we’re putting the spotlight on our legends,” McEntire said. “The great ladies of today and the up-and-comers changing the game, and we’re doing it for all the little girls dreaming of ruling the world of country music or maybe just ruling the world.”
Enjoy more highlights from the monologue.
Underwood: Standing here with Dolly and Reba means the world to me and I have loved every second of working with them except maybe the part about all of us sharing a dressing room. I mean, it’s a fog of hairspray. And shoes and costume changes there are racks of clothes and dresses everywhere and for some reason Dolly’s rack is so much bigger.
Parton: Well dolly’s rack is so much bigger. I’d might have been as tall as you girls if I hadn’t got so bunched up at the top. I’m just addressing the elephants in the room.
Parton: I think we make a pretty good team and Carrie and Reba I just love them and they’re big now and they’re big on social media. Now, I’m big on social security.
McEntire: Dolly you know that’s not true you’re ageless and timeless and that parts of you are barely legal.
Underwood: You know come to think of it, those two have a lot in common, both are incredible songwriters, both have luscious locks and both love to enjoy a nice tall glass of Willie’s Reserve.
Parton: Did you say glass? Don’t you mean grass?
Underwood: Wait, Willie’s Reserve isn’t whiskey?
Parton: Oh, no honey.
Underwood: A fine wine?
Parton: You’re wrong again well let’s just put it this way, whatever he has in reserve we know it’s going to be a night of high times and misdemeanors.