Here are the five most memorable moments from the 49th CMA Awards:
1. Justin Timberlake steals the show with Chris Stapleton
The CMA Awards are known for their incredible musical performances, with country's top stars showing off all of their musical talents. This year, the most talked about performance came from Justin Timberlake and Chris Stapleton, who completely blew the lid off of the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn. when playing Stapleton's "Tennessee Whiskey" and Timberlake's "Drink You Away."
2. Star Trek and Star Wars meet country music
Carrie Underwood dressing up as "Princess Carrie Fisher" and Paisley as "Guitar Solo" for a Star Wars-themed opening sketch. If that wasn't funny enough, Star Trek's William Shatner walked on stage wearing a Stormtrooper outfit during Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood's opening monologue for a funny moment that was out of this world.
3. Tribute to Little Jimmy Dickens
Little Jimmy Dickens was a cherished country music singer known for his humorous novelty songs. Although Dickens passed away in January, the 4'11" musician still helped to create a funny moment at this year's CMAs. Paisley and Underwood brought out a memorial urn for Dickens, but inside of that container was actually a smaller urn, poking fun at the singer's small stature and his penchant for creating country-sized laughs.
4. Brooks and Dunn and Reba McEntire team up for a classic country performance
Legendary country performer Reba McEntire sang alongside duo Brooks and Dunn in one of the night's most electric performances. Together, McEntire and Brooks and Dunn hold a whopping 25 CMA Awards.
5. Brad Paisley catches a musical pass from iconic college mascots
Kirk Herbstreit and Lee Corso of ESPN's College Gameday introduced Brad Paisley's performance near the middle of the show. But an unexpected treat was when cheerleaders and classic college mascots joined the singer onstage as he sang his hit song "Country Nation." Those same college mascots had been included in the music video for Paisley's song.
What was your favorite moment from the 49th CMA Awards?
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