The Atlanta artist's original release of "Old Town Road" sparked wide conversation about racial discrimination in the country music world.
The CMAs also took time to honor the victims of the Thousand Oaks shooting and the California wildfires.
The 34-year-old singer said she'll “be alright," but she might need some time.
“I was told country music is three chords and the truth.”
The Grammy winner sang outside the CMAs to make his point.
Everyone looked great. Everyone.
They spoofed Underwood's "Before He Cheats" to poke fun at the president's Twitter habits.
“Tonight we’re going to do what families do, come together, pray together, cry together and sing together, too.”
The initial guidelines warned that reporters asking about "gun rights, political affiliations or topics of the like” could get the boot.
The legendary rock star died late last month.