Peyton Manning called attention to Carrie Underwood’s 2021 CMA Awards show side-eye at the 2022 ceremony Wednesday night.
“Carrie Underwood and I have a lot in common,” the former NFL player said during his opening monologue with co-host Luke Bryan.
“We both work with Brad Paisley, we’ve both been on ‘Sunday Night Football’ a lot and we’re both very nervous about what Luke Bryan might say tonight,” the athlete, 46, continued.
The camera, however, did not cut to Underwood in the audience — instead showing country singer Thomas Rhett and his wife, Lauren Akins.
Bryan, 46, quipped, “Hell, even I’m nervous about what Luke Bryan might say tonight.”
Last year, the “Country Girl (Shake It for Me)” singer joked on stage about current NFL player Aaron Rodger’s anti-coronavirus vaccine stance — which Underwood’s husband, Mike Fisher, had supported via social media.
After saying everyone was “welcome” at the awards show, Bryan said, “Rest assured, we’re following all the health protocols to keep everyone safe, and it is so great to be here with all my fellow artists — tested and together. Or immunized?
“Who is it?” he asked before noting that he was “just playing.”
Underwood did not laugh at the quip as the camera broke down to her. Instead, the “American Idol” Season 4 winner cut her eyes to the side.
Days earlier, Fisher, 42, had made headlines for telling his Instagram followers that he stood “with Aaron Rodgers” and “medical freedom.” (The Green Bay Packers quarterback was under fire for claiming he was “immunized” when he hadn’t received the COVID-19 vaccine.)
The former NHL player wrote, “I believe in the freedom to choose what we put in our bodies and the freedom of conscience. … The @nhl @nfl and other leagues are ignoring the science and choosing to coerce and punish unvaccinated players.”
Although Underwood did not address Rodgers’ controversy at the time, she “liked” her husband’s November 2021 post.
The “Before He Cheats” singer herself was criticized in August of that same year when she “liked” an anti-mask tweet.