The 2014 Country Music Association Awards threw some major shade at Taylor Swift during hosts Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood’s opening monolog. The 24-year-old starlet, who walked away with the CMA Pinnacle Award in 2013, became the butt of the joke due to her genre crossover, leading the hosts to address the serious “epidemic” plaguing our nation – “Postpartum Taylor Swift Disorder.”
Following a playful song about Ebola quarantine, Paisley and Underwood acknowledged that people around the world “are worried.”
“You can’t turn on the TV, open up a newspaper or click on a website without being reminded of the epidemic we’re all facing,” Paisley said, addressing the crowd of country stars. “And I don’t think I’m out of line in saying that this condition has hit Nashville the hardest.”
With Underwood by his side, the hosts introduced CMA Award viewers to the hot new term, “Postpartum Taylor Swift Disorder” or “PPTSD.”
“Why isn’t our government doing something about this?” Brad Paisley joked, bringing politics into the Swift discussion. “I’ll be the first one to say that President Obama does not care about Postpartum Taylor Swift Disorder.”
Paisley and Underwood rounded out their opening monologue about Taylor Swift by singing a little song about the performer – “Who’s going to fill her shoes?” The short number included lyrics that took a jab at her 5-feet, 10-inch height (“Who’s going to stand tall?”) and her music style (“Who’s going to be country AND poppy?”). But they did make sure to end on a friendly note.
“We’re sad because it looks like New York’s gain is Nashville’s loss, but Country music’s just gonna have to shake it off,” Paisley and Underwood sang. “Good luck, Taylor, and all our sincerity we’re rooting for you. And if you ever want to come back there’s a seat for you right here. It’s Blake’s [Shelton], we’ll kick him out.”
Taylor Swift’s departure from the country music world has been a big discussion since mid-August, when “Shake It Off,” her first single from “1989,” was released. The starlet’s new sound surprised the country world, even leading the CMA to post a tweet wishing her luck on her “new venture.” Many Twitter users took the message from the CMA as a “goodbye” to the singer, and the association chose to delete the tweet and clarify their initial post:
“We will never, ever, ever say goodbye to @taylorswift13. We’re STILL dancing! #ShakeItOff.”
CMA Senior Vice President Damon Whiteside even released a statement, explaining to the press that the congratulatory tweet was “misinterpreted.”
“CMA is fully supportive of Taylor as she expands her reach as an international superstar,” Whiteside added at the time, according to The New Yorker.
Taylor Swift didn’t address the CMA Awards opening monolog on Twitter, but the singer was happy to share her success with new album “1989” prior to the awards show.
“The last time an album sold as many copies as '1989' did first week, it was 2002, I was 12, and going through my ‘braids phase,” the artist tweeted.
Swift’s fifth album, which was released on Oct. 27, hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart during its first week. “1989” sold 1.287 million copies, which Billboard states is the largest sales week for an album since 2002.