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7 Times the Country Music Awards Made Us Proud To Be Americans


Who said that prime time entertainment can’t be wholesome, entertaining, and patriotic at the same time?

In case you missed it, last night’s Country Music Awards show was one for the ages and a perfect blend of everything that makes America great.


From the brilliant hosting of Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley to the wonderful ceremony honoring our veterans, let’s relive the best moments from the 50th anniversary show:

1) Don’t make us cry again

The CMAs started with a bang and didn’t let up for the rest of the evening. For the opening act, Reba McEntire, Clint Black, Alan Jackson and other stars performed their hits in succession, but one of the most emotional moments came when Randy Travis, who suffered a stroke in 2013, sang the last “amen” in his hit song, “Forever and Ever, Amen“.

2) Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley are unstoppable

After eight years of hosting the CMAs, you’d expect these two country stars to eventually run out of material. And while some of the election jokes may have fell a little flat given what’s at stake, we can all agree that Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley know how to put on a good show.


3) Peyton Manning steals the show

Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley spotted the retired Denver Broncos quarterback early on in the night and exchanged “Nationwide Insurance” jingles at one another. When the hosts asked Peyton if they were one of his favorite singers, his response won the evening:

But Peyton wasn’t done, he also had the privilege of presenting the CMA Pinnacle Award, which went to his favorite country singer, Kenny Chesney:

4) All of the amazing mash-ups

Say what you want about Beyoncé and the Dixie Chicks, but their rendition of “Daddy Lessons” had the crowd going wild. For at least one night, politics took a backseat for this performance.


On a more poignant moment, Alan Jackson and George Strait sang a duet that combined “Remember When” with “Troubadour” – something we never knew we needed until they performed.

And finally, the Chris Stapleton and Dwight Yoakam cover of Ray Charles and Willie Nelson’s track “Seven Spanish Angels” was amazing. But why did they follow it up with Luke Bryan?

5) Tim McGraw and Faith Hill teach us about family values

It’s easy to get bogged down with the kind of messages stars like Lena Dunham and Miley Cyrus like to send, which is why it was refreshing to see Tim McGraw and Faith Hill put on a clinic on how to stay, well “humble and kind”.


6) Dolly Parton’s Lifetime Achievement Award

Dolly Parton’s co-star in “9 to 5”, Lily Tomlin, presented her with the Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award, calling Parton “one of the greatest artists in the history of country music” (we agree!).

Before the award was given out, Jennifer Nettles and Pentatonix, McEntire, Musgraves and Underwood sang a medley of her songs that ended with “I Will Always Love You”.

During her speech, Parton joked, “I would cry but I didn’t want to mess up my eyelashes!”


7) Proud to be an American

Throughout the evening, the CMA’s took the time to honor our veterans, highlighting Greenlight A Vet as a way to show support for America’s vets.

No one says it better than Lee Greenwood.

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