If you missed the CMAs last week, you missed out on a lot. For starters, you missed out on watching Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley pair up for the 10th time to emcee the event. Of course, the duo told a lot of jokes throughout the evening. Some were even quite controversial.
But, throughout the whole ordeal, there were a lot of extraordinary, compelling and moving moments to enjoy. Starting the show off right, Eric Church sang an acapella version of “Amazing Grace.” Darius Rucker and Keith Urban followed with “Hold My Hand.” Eventually, Little Big Town joined them on stage.
After that, the performances became even more moving and emotional. During a tribute for the late Troy Gentry, his widow wiped tears from her eyes. Eddie Montgomery, Dierks Bentley, and Gary LeVox performed in honor of the late singer. Troy Gentry’s portrait filled the stage background behind them.
Another moving performance came during the portion of the show meant to honor those we’ve lost throughout the year. Typically, they pair a song with a slideshow of pictures featuring those in the country music industry who passed away during the past year. This year, however, was a bit different. The end of the slideshow featured pictures of those killed in the Las Vegas shooting.
Underwood sang a classic hymn, “Softly and Tenderly” to go along with the moving memorial. However, when she got to the part displaying the Vegas victims, her emotions overcame her, and she had a difficult time finishing the song. You can watch her performance below.
Of course, in between all these great performances, a few awards were given out. Garth Brooks again won Entertainer of the Year. There were also awards for Single of the Year and Album of the Year. Keith Urban one Single of the Year for “Blue Ain’t your Color,” and Chris Stapleton won Album of the Year for “From a Room: Volume 1.” For a full list of awards and highlights from the show, take a look at this.