New stars and veterans mingled at the Country Music Awards in Nashville Wednesday night. Miranda Lambert claimed four awards, including female vocalist of the year, and her husband, Blake Shelton, won the corresponding male vocalist honor. Luke Bryan won the entertainer of the year award, Dierks Bentley won for best music video with "Drunk on a Plane," and Kacey Musgraves' "Follow Your Arrow" won for song of the year. Brett Eldredge was named the new artist of the year. Little Big Town won for vocal group and Florida Georgia Line for best vocal duo.
Mixed in with the awards were a number of goofy, if memorable moments. Here are five favorites.
Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley's country chemistry
There was the inevitable Obama joke and a truly weird "Jolene" parody about the Maine nurse fighting her Ebola quarantine, but co-hosts Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood balanced each other well in their seventh year hosting. Her charm (and constant wardrobe changes) plays off nicely against his "check me out, I'm a doofus" humor, and even Paisley's dorky pregnancy jokes at the expectant Underwood's expense were tolerable. Now we just have to wait months to find out: Was his "reveal" that her baby is a boy really true?
Yes, that was current NFL free agent Tim Tebow presenting the song of the year award to Kacey Musgraves for "Follow Your Arrow." But it wasn't Musgraves' win that caught fire on social media — it was Tebow's stylin' eyewear. Seems that guys who throw passes can also wear glasses.
Ariana Grande, at the Country Music Awards? Yep, the pop singer and former "Sam & Cat" star performed "Bang Bang" in a light-up short skirt and top, accompanied by Little Big Town. The tweets from country fans were not exactly polite, but it's hard to deny that Grande's booming voice rocked the house. She wasn't the only non-country artist in the house: Meghan Trainor and the Doobie Brothers also came to town.
Speaking of crossing genres ... it was good to have a little bit of rock 'n' roll show up, in the form of Aerosmith legend Steven Tyler, who presented the single of the year award to Miranda Lambert. Leather pants, leopard shirt, black sequined blazer, rocker hair and all, he makes us want to walk this way.
Country has its legends too, and few are bigger than Loretta Lynn. The Coal Miner's Daughter has still got it and more, sailing onto the stage in a sparkling full-length gown to duet with Kacey Musgraves on Lynn's 1971 classic, "You're Lookin' at Country." Other icons honored included George Strait and Vince Gill.
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