William Shatner dresses as 'Star Wars' Stormtrooper, sings 'Girl Crush' at CMAs

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'The 49th Annual CMA Awards': All Star Event

After a cold open featuring Carrie Underwood dressed as Princess Leia and Brad Paisley as Han Solo, the Star Wars jokes returned to the 2015 CMAs when an Imperial Stormtrooper stormed the stage while Underwood and Paisley were talking about Sam Hunt's speak-singing style.

As it turns out, the Stormtrooper was played by a man who has nothing to do with the Star Wars universe, but everything to do with speak-singing. Star Trek legend William Shatner was in the Stormtrooper costume, a sly nod to the fact that despite public requests, Shatner was never included in J.J. Abrams' Star Trek reboot (Abrams is also in charge of the seventh Star Wars film).

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William Shatner dresses as 'Star Wars' Stormtrooper, sings 'Girl Crush' at CMAs
NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 04: Co-host Brad Paisley, actor William Shatner, and co-host Carrie Underwood speak onstage at the 49th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 4, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 04: Musicians Keith Urban (L) and John Mellencamp perform onstage at the 49th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 4, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 04: Singer-songwriter Kenny Chesney performs onstage at the 49th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 4, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Terry Wyatt/WireImage)
NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 04: Phillip Sweet, Karen Fairchild, Kimberly Schlapman, and Jimi Westbrook of Little Big Town accept the award for Single of the Year for the song 'Girl Crush' onstage at the 49th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 4, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 04: Zac Brown of Zac Brown Band performs onstage at the 49th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 4, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Terry Wyatt/WireImage)
Sam Hunt performs at the 49th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015, in Nashville, Tenn. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 04: Presenters Miss America 2016, Betty Cantrell, and recording artist Darius Rucker speak onstage at the 49th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 4, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Terry Wyatt/WireImage)
NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 04: Musician Justin Timberlake (L) performs onstage with Singer-songwriter Chris Stapleton (R) at the 49th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 4, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Frederick Breedon/FilmMagic)
NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 04: Songwriters Liz Rose, Hillary Lindsey, and Lori McKenna accept the award for Song of the Year for the song 'Girl Crush' onstage at the 49th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 4, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 04: Hosts Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood speak onstage at the 49th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 4, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 04: Singer-songwriter Eric Church performs onstage at the 49th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 4, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 04: Singers Cam and Brett Eldredge speak onstage at the 49th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 4, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Frederick Breedon/FilmMagic)
NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 04: Hosts Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood speak onstage at the 49th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 4, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 04: Recording artist Justin Timberlake performs onstage at the 49th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 4, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Terry Wyatt/WireImage)
NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 04: Recording artist and host Carrie Underwood performs onstage at the 49th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 4, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Frederick Breedon/FilmMagic)
NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 04: Musician Justin Timberlake (L) performs onstage with Singer-songwriter Chris Stapleton (R) at the 49th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 4, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Terry Wyatt/WireImage)
NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 04: Presenters Miss America 2016, Betty Cantrell, and recording artist Darius Rucker speak onstage at the 49th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 4, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Frederick Breedon/FilmMagic)
NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 04: Zac Brown of Zac Brown Band performs onstage at the 49th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 4, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Frederick Breedon/FilmMagic)
NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 04: (L-R) Jimi Westbrook, Kimberly Schlapman, Karen Fairchild, and Phillip Sweet of Little Big Town perform onstage at the 49th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 4, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Frederick Breedon/FilmMagic)
NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 04: Hosts Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood speak onstage at the 49th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 4, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Frederick Breedon/FilmMagic)
NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 04: Singers Brett Eldredge (L) and Cam (2nd L) present Chris Stapleton with New Artist of the Year award onstage at the 49th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 4, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 04: Musician Justin Timberlake (L) performs onstage with Singer-songwriter Chris Stapleton (R) at the 49th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 4, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Terry Wyatt/WireImage)
NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 04: Recording artist and host Carrie Underwood performs onstage at the 49th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 4, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Terry Wyatt/WireImage)
NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 04: Hank Williams, Jr. and Eric Church perform onstage at the 49th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 4, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Frederick Breedon/FilmMagic)
NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 04: Presenters Miss America 2016, Betty Cantrell and recording artist Darius Rucker speak onstage at the 49th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 4, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Terry Wyatt/WireImage)
Cole Swindell, from left, Heather OâReilley and Megan Rapinoe present the award for vocal duo of the year at the 49th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015, in Nashville, Tenn. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Brian Kelley, left, and Tyler Hubbard, of Florida Georgia Line, perform at the 49th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015, in Nashville, Tenn. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Eric Church performs at the 49th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015, in Nashville, Tenn. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 04: Joe Trohman and Patrick Stump of Fall Out Boy and Thomas Rhett perform onstage at the 49th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 4, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 04: Singer-songwriter Kelsea Ballerini performs onstage at the 49th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 4, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Terry Wyatt/WireImage)
Blake Shelton performs at the 49th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015, in Nashville, Tenn. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 04: Presenters Lee Ann Womack (L) and Kiefer Sutherland speak onstage at the 49th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 4, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Terry Wyatt/WireImage)
NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 04: Musician Brad Paisley performs onstage at the 49th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 4, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images)
Taylor Dye, center, and Madison Marlow, of Maddie and Tae, perform at the 49th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015, in Nashville, Tenn. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 04: Singer Miranda Lambert performs onstage at the 49th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 4, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Terry Wyatt/WireImage)
Luke Bryan performs at the 49th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015, in Nashville, Tenn. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 04: Singer-songwriter Kacey Musgraves performs onstage at the 49th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 4, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 04: Musician Jason Aldean performs onstage at the 49th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 4, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Terry Wyatt/WireImage)
Jason Aldean performs at the 49th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015, in Nashville, Tenn. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Lindsey Stirling, left, and Dierks Bentley and perform at the 49th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015, in Nashville, Tenn. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 04: Kix Brooks (L), and Ronnie Dunn (R) of Brooks and Dunn and recording artist Reba McEntire (C) perform onstage at the 49th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 4, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Frederick Breedon/FilmMagic)
Chris Stapleton accepts the award for male vocalist of the year at the 49th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015, in Nashville, Tenn. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Reba McEntire presents the award for entertainer of the year at the 49th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015, in Nashville, Tenn. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 04: Entertainer of the Year winner Luke Bryan receives award onstage at the 49th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 4, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images)
Blake Shelton performs at the 49th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015, in Nashville, Tenn. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Morgane Stapleton, left, congratulates Chris Stapleton, winner of the awards for new artist of the year, album of the year for "Traveller," and male vocalist of the year, in the press room at the 49th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015, in Nashville, Tenn. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
Justin Timberlake, left, and Chris Stapleton perform at the 49th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015, in Nashville, Tenn. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
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Shatner proceeded to accuse Hunt of aping his sing-speak style, demanding that Paisley -- who had been referring to that as "Hunting" -- call it "Shatting" instead.

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"Sam Hunt, you know a great song is made better when you Shat it out loud," Shatner shouted. The "Shat" jokes continued for a minute, with Shatner earning himself a bleep during the typically family-friendly night.

To illustrate his speak-sing skills, Shatner dramatically read a portion of the lyrics to Little Big Town's "Girl Crush," which won single of the year at the CMAs.

Before exiting stage, Shatner compounded the sci-fi franchise crossover with these words: "I'm boldly going to the gift lounge and may the Force be with you all."

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