Last night country music held its 48th annual CMA Awards show and if you missed the results you can find them here. Nobody would blame you if you didn’t want to sit through another awards show last night that included non-country performances and shots of Florida Georgia Line grinning in the audience. There were however some great moments on the show and it was actually one of the most pleasant country awards shows I’ve seen in a while. So if you missed the show last night, here are the five best moments that are worth checking out:
1.) Kacey Musgraves & Loretta Lynn Perform “You’re Lookin’ At Country”
When Kacey Musgraves came out and started performing “You’re Lookin’ At Country” with her fantastic band and that awesome backdrop, I nearly fell out of my chair. If that wasn’t enough Kacey introduces the surprise country legend of the night, Loretta Lynn to join her in the song. It was the most country moment of the night and I was thrilled to hear an actual country song on the CMA Awards. I can only imagine the confused looking faces of bro country fans listening to this. That’s what real country music sounds like!
2.) Vince Gill Wins The Irving Waugh Award of Excellence
Another surprise of the night was Vince Gill winning the Irving Waugh Award of Excellence for his fantastic work in the industry. The only other artist to win this award is Johnny Cash, which is pretty damn cool. The co-hosts Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood performed a quick acoustic performance of one of this classic songs and this was followed by a great video package tribute to Gill. He teared up during this and then delivered a fantastic speech. Just watch the video above because I can’t properly describe this moment in the show. Thank you Vince Gill for your contributions to country music!
3.) The Band Perry Covers Glen Campbell’s “Gentle on My Mind”
I have never been the biggest fan of The Band Perry’s music, but last night they hit a home run with their cover of dying country legend Glen Campbell’s “Gentle on My Mind.” It was a touching and fantastic performance from the trio and I only hope they realize that this is the kind of music they should be making. I’m also happy that Campbell is being paid tribute by the country music community because the man is absolutely deserving of it. Great job The Band Perry and CMAs.
4.) Kacey Musgraves, Brandy Clark and Shane McAnally Win the 2014 CMA Song of the Year Award
One of the most underrated moments of the night was the announcement of the 2014 CMA Song of the Year. The winning song was “Follow Your Arrow,” a nice surprise that caught me off guard. This was a great win for women and progression in country music. Many might not like the song itself, but it shows the country music committee will honor a song that goes outside the norm and challenges the rules of the genre. This was also a great win for Brandy Clark, who didn’t win New Artist of the Year, but absolutely deserved it. Luckily she was properly honored here and it’s nice to know Clark is now a winner of a CMA award. Chalk this up as another win for traditional country music.
5.) Carrie Underwood’s Performance of “Something in the Water”
I’ve knocked Underwood in recent years for doing too much pop country, but this is a pop country song that I fully support. I already gave high praise to the song in my review and she was amazing in her live performance last night too. In a nigh filled with several flat and out of key performances, Underwood displayed her dynamic vocals for the whole world and put several other artists to shame with her talent. Miranda Lambert and Little Big Town had the unfortunate task of following this performance and they sounded like chumps compared to Underwood. You don’t have to like Carrie’s music, but you have to acknowledge she has a fantastic voice.
That was the five best moments from the CMA Awards. If you watched the show let me know in the comments if you agree with this top five and if not feel free to mention what you thought were the best moments.