Leave it to CMA Awards co-hosts Peyton Manning and Luke Bryan to maintain issues mild and enjoyable of their opening monologue. The former soccer star appeared to suit proper into the nation scene when he informed the gang within the Bridgestone Arena, “This is the Super Bowl of nation music.” Luke added, “Lainey [Wilson] is our first spherical draft alternative, and Carrie Underwood is at all times a prime consideration for MVPs.”
“Bottom line as CMA Awards co-hosts, I’ve one objective tonight — for everyone to have enjoyable, to come back collectively, to unite, to nation on,” the ‘Idol’ choose mentioned, quoting his latest single, ‘Country On.’ “That was a shameless plug there,” Peyton quipped, earlier than Luke added, “And the have a good time being Americans!” along with his fist within the air. “Luke Bryan for President, each physique!” the previous Colts QB exclaimed.
“My slogan, ‘Huntin, Fishin, Lovin’ Everyday,’” the singer smiled, quoting one other one in every of his hits. “Luke Bryan, a candidate who won’t ever plead the fifth, however he’ll drink a fifth,” Peyton nodded alongside, earlier than Luke launched the primary efficiency of the night from Ashley McBryde.
The dynamic duo continued to make their followers chuckle with their antics forward of the CMA Awards, as they prepped for the gig. In a promo for the occasion, Peyton strategized their ‘performs’ for night on a whiteboard. “I’m going this manner,” Manning says as he circles himself on the board with an arrow heading left offstage, “and somebody comes up and tries to deal with us?” “Peyton, it’s not going to occur,” the ‘Idol’ choose replied in a deadpan voice. “It’s an awards present.” Luke then went on to quiz the soccer stars on his nation music data, displaying him photographs of legends like Reba McEntire and Darius Rucker. They practiced their excessive fives, with Peyton telling Luke to look at his elbow as they got here collectively to make contact, after a missed slap.
Luke went on to speak in regards to the internet hosting collab whereas on Good Morning America, telling the outlet, “We have some historical past collectively, I feel it’s going to be unfastened, and that’s the cool factor about Peyton, is he has at all times been a pure lover of nation music and I feel actually that’s why it’s going to work.”