Wednesday’s CMA Awards were peppered with a solid amount of non-country types, leading many audience members and those watching at home to do comic spit-takes with whatever they were drinking at the moment and exclaim, “WHHHHHAAAAAA?” (Possibly.)
That’s why we’re taking a look at some of the more surprising guest stars from the CMAs and ranking them according to how well they fit it on the country scene.
8. Hannah Davis
The supermodel is extremely beautiful and has a very nice ring on her finger, but it came from a baseball player, not a country star. So … until she reveals a heretofore-unknown talent for banjo or penning songs of love, revenge and trucks, we sadly have to declare her not country.
7. Miss America
Country music is very American, and Betty Cantrell won a contest declaring her the actual physical embodiment of American beauty, so she narrowly edges out Davis here. Plus, she’s from Georgia.
Pentatonix, while incredibly talented, are not country. It’s true: There aren’t many things less country than a cappella music.
5. Fall Out Boy
They have guitars, and they’re musicians, but Fall Out Boy is named for an obscure The Simpsons character, and they have really long song titles that reference things like Rushmore and Sixteen Candles. Those aren’t very country things.
4. William Shatner
Let’s be real: The fact that he sang “Girl Crush” really puts him in the top chunk of this list.
3. Kiefer Sutherland
Sutherland isn’t very country, except for the fact that he’s Agent Jack Bauer, and saving America is VERY country. And, one time, Sutherland jumped into a Christmas tree, which is also very country.
2. Justin Timberlake
Timberlake’s duet with Chris Stapleton revealed some serious country credentials. It was a really good look on him, and he was clearly enjoying himself, which is why he lost out only to …
1. Steve Martin
HAVE YOU EVEN SEEN STEVE MARTIN PLAY BANJO?? Of course he’s the most country person on this list.