Last night country music celebrated its biggest night of the year like a big ole family reunion. They opened the show speaking about all the recent tragedies that have taken place and how unity and kindness were of THE upmost importance. That “theme” carried them throughout the night showing off some brilliant performances and just really raw and honest moments.
We watched and laughed and cried along with everyone else and here are a few of our favorite moments!
Yes, we know, some years are better than others….and some chocolate chip cookies are better than others, but at the end of the day a cookie is still a cookie and Carrie and Brad are still AWESOME! Many people thought they fell a little flat, but I love how they can poke fun without going too far and still be as lovable as ever. They have great delivery, timing and they made me smile. Hats off to them. It is a HARD job and they did wonderful and looked great doing it.
“Amazing Grace” sung by Eric Church followed by my favorite Hootie and the Blowfish song,”Hold My Hand,” but this time with a bunch of country superstars? YES PLEASE! Both songs were perfectly poignant and fitting, not to mention well done. I think it was a great way to open!
The Troy Gentry Tribute:
This brought tears to my eyes. Great to see Eddie on stage and Troy’s family in the audience. I am glad the CMA took the time to really pay tribute to him and Dierks and Rascal Flatts did a great job honoring their friend by singing “My Town.”
The “In Memory” portion with Carrie Underwood:
Simply blown away by the perfection of Carrie’s voice on the beautiful and so fitting “Softly and Tenderly.” She stood and sang as images of industry greats who passed this year, along with those who lost their lives at the Route 91 festival’s faces appeared on our screen. it was a touching moment that brought even Carrie herself to tears.
Yes I know…she isn’t country. Yes I know many people don’t like that. Heck, sometimes I don’t either, but she is P!NK and she is amazing! The song was fitting, she can really really SING and it was a beautiful performance!
Other great moments included Brothers Osbourne paying tribute to Don Williams with “Tulsa Time” and Little Big Town’s powerful rendition of Glen Campbell’s “Wichita Lineman.” I also loved seeing Alan Jackson on stage singing “Chasing That Neon Rainbow” and it was cool to see all the stars singing along to EVERY SINGLE WORD. I also was so happy to see a very humble Chris Stapleton take home Male Vocalist because lets be real…..the DUDE CAN S-I-N-G! There were other great moments too, but overall I just loved seeing how much they all support each other and seem to really enjoy watching each other perform. It was a great show to watch and made me put down my phone, sit back, enjoy and SMILE. With all the sad stuff we see on TV these days, it was a nice change of pace.
P.S. Maren Morris did a great job on her collab performance, but it would have been cool to see her do “Dear Hate” with Vince Gill. It would have totally fit the tone of the night, it is a great song and fan favorite, and it is always good to see Vince on an award show because he always adds something great.
OH and P.S..S Garth, we forgive you for not singing live. It was a call only you could make. People get all in an uproar, but we know you can sing and sing well live. So lets let it slide. Congrats on the EOTY!
All the winners below….
Entertainer of the Year
Little Big Town
From A Room: Vol. 1
Produced by Dave Cobb and Stapleton
Song of the Year
Single of the Year
“Blue AIn’t Your Color”
Produced by Dann Huff
Mix Engineered by Chris Lord-Alge
“Funny How Time Slips Away”
Glen Campbell featuring Willie Nelson
“It Ain’t My Fault”
Directors: Wes Edwards and Ryan Silver