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CMT Music Awards 2017: Nashville in the House, #PredsPride and a Bunch of Other Memorable Moments

It’s good to see Deacon Claybourne back at work, isn’t it?

OK, OK, it wasn’t actually Nashville‘s beleaguered singer/songwriter who hosted Wednesday’s CMT Music Awards. That honor went to Deke’s portrayer, Charles Esten, who oversaw the live broadcast from Nashville’s Music City Center.

The evening — which featured performances by Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, Luke Bryan, Thomas Rhett and more — also served as a showcase for the channel’s acquired scripted drama, starting with Esten pointing out how Deacon’s travails were a country song in and of themselves.

“In the last five seasons, I lost my dog, I lost my truck, my sobriety, my liver, my sister and my wife, and we were cancelled by ABC,” he told the crowd, which booed that last bit. “But thank you, CMT, we are back!”

The energy in the room — and the city — came through the broadcast, right down to how the proud audience went crazy at any mention of Nashville’s pro hockey team, the Predators, who are currently in the running for National Hockey League’s Stanley Cup. Presenter Ashton Kutcher even went as far as dropping a catfish on the stage. (Predators fans have taken to dropping the whiskered fish on the ice as a good-luck ritual at games.)

In case you weren’t able to catch the two-and-a-half-hour ceremony, we gathered the night’s most memorable moments in the handy gallery above. Flip through the photos — or click here to view the gallery directly — to see what all the fuss was about, y’all.

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  1. Marietta Ehnen says:

    I loved the cmt awards tonight it was a awesome show. So thrilled that Keith Urban won so many awards.

  2. Nathan says:

    I swear I thought that was Alexa Vega

  3. grazelled says:

    Forgot to record it but a repeat is on tomorrow night.

  4. Tom says:

    Let’s go Pens!

  5. Rachel says:

    I get that it’s in Nashville but too much about the Preds. They remember their fans are everywhere…or not.

  6. Does Keith Urban ever take a shower? He always looks so dirty. Just sayin”..

  7. Kevin Tran says:

    Can you imagine what would happen if the Nashville Predators wins the Stanley Cup?

  8. E. D. Boddy says:

    Twitterers were annoyed that CMT is on a super-premium tier (at least on Comcast) and they couldn’t see the show. They should have better publicized the fact that the show as also on Nick at Nite, TV Land (both on the basic tier) and Spike, where they would be able to see it.