Little CMA in the small theatre for the Jimmy fake hologram show was the wristbands on non-talent. Big CMA Awards in the main auditorium looked like paddles but due to clever video editing for commercials, I could not tell for sure. After all, no audience member was ever illuminated or really filmed in the upper deck. Upper deck was where the LEDs were. Close up was limited to the "talent" down in the orchestra seats. The "talent" had no leds. Talent did have some really good looking trophy wives, in abundance. Those were filmed.

I'm leaning towards paddles for the main auditorium, but I could be wrong.

Lots of editing, hard to tell....