The CMA Awards turned 50 Wednesday night, and the annual country-music accolades’ birthday was a real
star- rhinestone-studded affair.
The telecast, broadcast live on ABC from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena, mined its rich history to create a three-hour ceremony full of nods to the past mixed with contemporary country hits.
Even if you’re the most casual of country fans, chances are you recognized several of the songs and faces that showed up (Reba!) during the ceremony. (And then there were Olympic gymnasts, Jennifer Garner, Matthew McConnaughey and a little-known, up-and-coming artist called Beyoncé for everyone else.)
But yeah, there’s a good chance you weren’t even tuned into the CMAs. We hear there was a baseball game or something going on Wednesday night, too? Fear not: Like a coat of many colors, we’ve got you covered.
Click through the gallery at right to see our picks for best and worst moments from the three-hour event, then hit the comments: What were your favorite (or least favorite) parts of this year’s CMAs?