The 49th Annual CMAs was definitely one for the books.
It was one powerhouse performance after another at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on Wednesday, and hosts Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley once again pulled off an entertaining feat (and roast!).
The show began with Underwood dressed as Princess Leia, Paisley (who at one point in the night also stripped down to his boxer shorts on stage) as Han “Guitar” Solo, Luke Bryan as Darth Vader and Darius Rucker in a Stormtrooper ensemble. To follow the theme of the evening, William Shatner later unexpectedly appeared on stage in a Stormtrooper costume. Yes, we can confirm that he said the expression “shatting out loud” on national television. Bless his heart.
Let’s not forget the hosts’ mention of the celebrity splits this year – concluding with the biggest one of them all: Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert. “On a completely unrelated topic, howdy Blake?” Paisley nonchalantly said to Shelton, who was all smiles. (Get more on the moment here.)
One of the greatest highlights of the evening came halfway through the show when Justin Timberlake joined Chris Stapleton onstage to sing show-stopping versions of “Tennessee Whiskey” and “Drink You Away.” Is there anything JT cannot do?
All eyes were also on Lambert. The country star performed her hit “Bathroom Sink” and flaunted her killer bod in tight black pants and a Chris Stapleton graphic tee. Not to mention, she also rocked dyed hot-pink tips and a matching guitar.
Last, but certainly not least, Lambert won Female Vocalist of the Year – for the sixth consecutive year. Her speech was brief, but heartfelt. “Man, I appreciate it,” Lambert said. “I needed a bright spot this year, so thank you. I love country music fans, and I’m just gonna keep it short, but Justin Timberlake and Chris Stapleton, thank you very much. I’m gonna go home and practice. Thank y’all very much, I love y’all.”
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