The 2014 CMT Music Awards were held in Nashville on Wed. night (June 4), and the show was packed with great performances as well as the handing out of the fan-voted awards. From superstars to new acts, the show spotlighted all the best in country music both in the Bridgestone Arena and out on the streets. I’ve picked my choices for the 5 most memorable moments from the night’s event below.
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Carrie Underwood and Miranda Lambert – “Somethin’ Bad”
For a show that was heavily filled with male artist performances, CMT saved the best for last, as two of country music’s biggest female performers, Carrie Underwood and Miranda Lambert, collaborated on Miranda’s “Somethin’ Bad” from her just released album, “Platinum.” The result was energizing and a vocal and visual treat, as the two ladies wore their hair teased to heaven, a la 60’s country divas.
Jennifer Nettles and John Legend – “All of Me”
Jennifer Nettles and John Legend were backed up by Hunter Hayes on guitar, and together performed a magical version of Legend’s “All of Me,” trading off on the verses, with Nettles singing harmony on the choruses. BTW, this isn’t the first time the two worked together. They were both mentors on the singing competition “Duets” in 2012.
Little Big Town – “Day Drinking”
It’s always a risk to debut a new single on an awards show. People aren’t familiar with the song, so it could go well, or not. In this case, it definitely went well, as Little Big Town, all in white, performed with a row of men playing large drums behind them. Soon, those drums were splattering paint (a la Blue Men Group), and paint also fell from the rafters, drenching the group in color. “Day Drinking” is sure to become a familiar party favorite this summer.
Eric Church and Lzzy Hale – “That’s Damn Rock & Roll”
Wow! That sums up this performance. Eric Church is always a pleasure to watch perform, but Lzzy Hale stole the show with her part of the song, with her incredible gritty voice. Lzzy is the lead singer for the group Halestone. “That’s Damn Rock & Roll” is from Eric’s “The Outsiders” CD.
Kacey Musgraves and Lee Ann Womack tribute to Alan Jackson – “Livin’ on Love”
Kacey Musgraves and Lee Ann Womack paid tribute to Alan Jackson, singing his big hit “Livin’ on Love” before presenting him with the first CMT Impact Award. Jackson was humble in his acceptance. He thanked the two for the performance, saying, “That song never sounded better. Ya’ll are great singers.” He thanked CMT for always supporting him with the videos he made, and mentioned two of his favorites, where he got to drive the monster truck Big Foot over several cars in one video, and when he danced with his wife Denise in another.