Image Credit: Bob D’Amico/ABC; Andrew Walker/ABCAwards-show hosting is a pretty thankless job, and it can often seem about as hokey and warmed-over as a Vegas basement buffet. But I’m kind of loving the interplay between Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley so far.

Loved the solid opening on Carrie’s “Songs Like This,” with assists from Paisley and Keith Urban (and that stompy thing she does when she rocks out, like her stillettos are stuck in chewed-up Bubble Yum). Love their pokes at BP, Brett Favre, and the national media’s underplaying of the Nashville floods in the goofy duet that followed. Love that Brad asked Gwyneth for Coldplay tickets. Even the jokes that choke on arrival seem weirdly endearing.

However! The night is still young, and there is much more to come. Tell me what you think in the comments section below.