The 2013 CMT Music Awards kicked off with a little rock and roll and a bit of comedy. First to take the stage were co-host Jason Aldean and rocker Lenny Kravitz, as the duo powered through a performance of “American Woman.” The song was originally performed by the Guess Who in 1969, but was covered by Kravitz in 1999.
As the song ended, Aldean jumped into a hole on the stage, landing in a group therapy session led by co-host Kristen Bell. He was confronted by fellow country musicians Luke Bryan, Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton and Carrie Underwood, along with Vince Vaughn and Kelsey Grammer for some reason.
As they all talked about the highs and lows of hosting an awards show, Dr. Drew Pinsky popped up eventually to help them work through their issues. Of course, he quickly realized there was no help he could offer, because none of them were teen moms or drug addicts. He quickly exited.
The sketch ended when Lorraine Bracco arrived, seemingly reprising her therapist character from “The Sopranos,” Dr. Jennifer Melfi. She kicked Bell out of her office, which was fine because it was time for the show to begin.
From there, Bell and Aldean took the stage together for their opening bit. Kristen wanted to roast some of the celebrities in the audience, Ricky Gervais-style, but Aldean didn’t think it was the best idea. When she sicked him on Taylor Swift, all he could offer were compliments.
Bell decided to show him how it was done by going after Underwood for being selfish and awful. She was cut off before going too far, when Aldean clued her into Carrie’s $1 million donation to tornado relief. Hard to make fun of someone for that.
Between the music, the sketch and the banter between the hosts it was a pretty great way to kick off the show. You can check out the sketch below: