Underwood and Paisley, in their 11th CMA co-hosting gig, steered clear of politics, focusing instead on the proliferation of restaurants opened by country artists and Underwood's accident following last year's awards telecast.
Before asking for a moment of silence, during which the names of the victims were shown on screen, Brooks said, "Let's celebrate their lives".
Since Underwood is pregnant with her second child with husband Mike Fisher, everyone expected some sort of reveal going into Wednesday's 52nd Annual CMA Awards.
"God, I love country music, man", said Combs. Said Carrie, "We send our love to all of you and the courageous firefighters who are out there putting themselves on the line trying to save homes and lives".
Stapleton, however, cleaned house at the CMAs, winning four awards including male vocalist, song and single of the year. "You have no idea how much this award means to me". "Let the music unite us with love", Brooks said.
The Celebrity singer then handed his co-host a bubble wrap dress as a pre-delivery gift, reminding Carrie she was left seriously injured following a fall at her home shortly after last year's ceremony. She was teary-eyed when she won female vocalist of the year.
Underwood says it will be interesting to try to sing with her baby bump. I am very grateful that I get to do what I do'.
On a male-dominated night, Kacey Musgraves, 30, won her first big CMA prize, taking home album of the year for Golden Hour.
On the younger end, Kelsea Ballerini, 25, performed her defiant dance-pop ode to female empowerment, Miss Me More. "God bless you all". Recent Country Hall of Famer Ricky Skaggs performed alongside Brad Paisley and Keith Urban.