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Like you might expect, neither was willing to offend voters on either side of the aisle in a “dirty politics” debate over who should host the show, Bell or country star Toby Keith.

“This is one of the toughest decisions I’ve had to make since I’ve been in office, but I decided I want them both,” Obama said.

Romney then also suggested they work as co-hosts and added, “See, I just put two people back to work.”

With the decision made, Keith and Bell arrived at the stage in a huge replica of a red solo cup, in deference to Keith’s hit song.

The night was filled with several strong performances, but none got quite the reaction as Willie Nelson’s rare appearance to play his new song, “Roll Me Up.”

Keith, Jamey Johnson, Darius Rucker and Zac Brown Band joined him on stage to sing the ode to marijuana as a smoke machine rolled on high in the background.

Lady A singer Charles Kelley sang along, holding his cup in the air, and the performance received a long standing ovation.

In a couple of other notable mashups, Paisley joined Hank Williams Jr. on a new outside stage to perform their collaboration “I’m Gonna Get Drunk and Play Hank Williams” and Journey joined Rascal Flatts on “Banjo” and “Don’t Stop Believin’” to close the show.

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