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Ellen and Brad Paisley Get Fans Excited for the 2017 CMA Awards [Watch]

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With the help of her friend Brad Paisley, Ellen DeGeneres was able to get a country crowd pumped up for the upcoming CMA Awards in Nashville — and the pair also gave a few lucky fans the chance to see all of their favorite country stars on the show, which is being held Nov. 8.

Ellen aired a clip of a roaring Nashville crowd on Nov. 7, which was punctuated by Paisley striding into view.

“Noooo,” cried Ellen. “Brad Paisley! You’re one of my three favorite Brads!”

“I’ve never seen this many people in my whole life,” joked Paisley in return. “We have a very special thing for these folks who have shown up. How many of you would like to go to the show?” He brandished a handful tickets.

Ellen directed that the fans should play a game of flip-cup to determine the winners of the tickets, which the crowd happily –and competitively — engaged in. You can watch all the fun above.

The 2017 CMA Awards will feature a variety of collaborations, from Paisley and Kane Brown teaming up on Paisley’s latest single, “Heaven South,” to Maren Morris‘ performance with Niall Horan for their duet “Seeing Blind” and many more. Pink, McGraw and Hill, Keith UrbanGarth BrooksLuke Bryan and Underwood are just a few of the others set to take the stage when the CMA Awards broadcast live from Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on Nov. 8 at 8PM ET on ABC.

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