Taylor Swift's love life is the inspiration for her hit songs, and fodder for a couple of laughs at the 2012 Country Music Association Awards in Nashville on Nov. 1.
Hosts Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley didn't think it was too soon to poke fun at the 22-year-old's recent breakup with Conor Kennedy, 18.
"Brad and I were backstage talking about what a strange year this has been," Underwood said during the opening monologue.
"Just look at sports. I can't keep track of all these trades," Paisley interjected before switching the subject of conversation to Swift's breakup. "The greatest trade of the year had to be the Kennedy family. They somehow traded Arnold Schwarzenegger for Taylor Swift. I mean, what they got for that. . ."
Underwood then interrupted Paisley mid-sentence to inform him that the couple had actually broken up. Paisley feigned frustration and asked why he was always the last to know about these things, and then mocked the breakup using the lyrics from Swift's No. 1 hit single, "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together."
"Are they ever gonna get back together?" Paisley asked.
"Never, never, never," Underwood replied. "Never ever."
Even though Swift surprisingly didn't pick up any awards at the event, she probably wasn't too upset by the jab at her romantic entanglements, since she just sold 1.2 million copies of her new album "Red" in a single week. Still, it's not the first time Underwood and Paisley have taken a playful shot at Swift however. At the 2011 CMA's the hosts collaborated with "Modern Family" star Eric Stonstreet to mock everyone from Swift to Justin Bieber and Kim Kardashian:
“I’m going to love you forever, or 72 days Amen, as long as Justin Bieber is not a conceiver, as long as Taylor Swift is with her current boyfriend. I’m going to love you for 20 million dollars, for a hit TV series or pics in US Weekly, for 72 Days, Amen," the trio sang.
In case Paisley needs to brush up on Swift's love life for next year's CMAs we suggest he check out the definative guide to her ex-boyfriends: