Miranda Lambert performs in ~ the 49th yearly CMA Awards in ~ the Bridgestone Arena top top Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015, in Nashville, Tenn. (Photo by kris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
No alarms, a surprise or two: rising singer Chris Stapleton picked up three trophies ~ above Wednesday night in ~ Nashville"s Country Music combination Awards ceremony, including Male Vocalist of the Year. That, and Stapleton stole the stage while performing with fellow Tennessean Justin Timberlake.

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Georgia sensation Luke Bryan won Entertainer of the Year -- the guy does attract a huge, faithful crowd. And Lindale"s Miranda Lambert insurance claims the Female Vocalist crown once more.

Lambert maintained her speech short, its key line being, "I needed a bright point out this year, so give thanks to you."

What rather stood out during Wednesday night"s alphabet broadcast? check out on for the complete spectrum the CMA moments.


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Justin Timberlake and Chris Stapleton (Photo by chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Best performances

-- Hank Williams Jr. And Eric Church, "Are You all set for the Country" -- Williams" brand-new single lays on the cheese, but that worked strangely well for the musical kickoff. It was conveniently followed by John Mellencamp and Keith Urban singing "Pink Houses," because why not? urban then did a brand-new song, "John Cougar, john Deere, john 3:16," whose title I never ever want to kind again.

-- It speaks to the Zac Brown Band"s skill that it have the right to blend EDM and pop-grass and also come out mostly unscathed. Credit a super-catchy chorus. Yep, "Beautiful Drug" is most likely inching increase the streaming charts already.

-- Little big Town, "Girl Crush" -- A guitar and a perfect four-part harmony. Works every time.

-- kris Stapleton and Justin Timberlake, "Tennessee Whiskey" -- A sly tour de pressure with Stapleton"s booming soul vocals at the forefront."Tennessee Whiskey" segued into Timberlake"s country-ish track "Drink friend Away."

-- Eric Church, "Mr. Misunderstood" -- It"s a well constructed song, his recent ode come outsiders, and additionally the title monitor of a surprise brand-new album that newly landed in the mailboxes of fan club members.


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Kacey Musgraves' vibrant backdrop (Photo by chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

-- The introspective track "Bathroom Sink" to be a an excellent choice for Miranda Lambert, who seemed to have fun and get a small aggression out while performing it. Lambert"s fellow east Texan Kacey Musgraves made gold proud v the biographical ditty "Dime save Cowgirl."

-- Shouts out to Reba and Brooks & Dunn, that were in particularly robust form during their victory lap medley. No wonder they"re in Vegas.

Other noteworthy moments


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Lori McKenna, native left, Liz Rose and also Hillary Lindsey expropriate the compensation for track of the year because that "“Girl Crush." (Photo by chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

-- Steve Martin and Dallas" Edie Brickell, who"ve just released an additional album together, displayed an easy charm presenting the compensation for single of the Year. The award went to the much-deserving "Girl Crush." It also won tune of the Year, which permitted co-writer and also Dallas native Liz Rose to take it the stage to accept a trophy.

-- The "Star Wars" opening skit was complete of yes sir wink-wink jokes, however still a shameless promotion tactic because that Disney. That type of firm boosterism on ABC? Never. Oh yeah, Kermit and Miss Piggy were there, too, offered in a bait-and-switch divorce joke. A little indirect humor at the price of Blake and also Miranda. Awkward.

-- Pentatonix, our No. 1 hometown a cappella all-stars, did a ver"nice variation of "Elvira" in tribute to the Oak Ridge Boys, and also then presented the Vocal team of the Year compensation (to Little huge Town).


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Sam hunt loves you girl, and also he loves his peculiar shirts. (Photo by chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

-- while it was confidently delivered, Sam Hunt"s Drake-esque country-pop fight "Take her Time" go on and on ...

-- Genre borders continued to blur when Fall out Boy joined Thomas Rhett because that a track swap. The whole thing was comically bad. Including the dancers.

-- the hair male in Florida Georgia heat -- you understand the one -- has actually replaced his normal McConaughey-ish perform with a man bun. The distracted me totally from the rest of the "Confession" performance.

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-- Brad Paisley opted because that a football-themed manufacturing while performing "Country Nation." Blake Shelton went easier on "Gonna." Neither track wows.


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Little large Town performs throughout the 49th yearly CMA Awards in ~ Bridgestone Arena. (Larry McCormack/The Tennessean via USA today Sports)

Awards

Single that the Year: "Girl Crush," Little huge Town

Song that the Year: "Girl Crush," Lori McKenna, Hillary Lindsey and also Dallas indigenous Liz Rose