CMA Awards: most memorable moments


View Photo Gallery: Highlights from the 2011 CMA awards in Nashville, Tenn.

You’ll never believe this, but Taylor Swift was the big winner at last night’s Country Music Association Awards in Nashville. She took home her second entertainer of the year award, while other major awards went to the Band Perry (song and single of the year for “If I Die Young”), Jason Aldean (album of the year for “My Kinda Party”), Miranda Lambert (female vocalist of the year) and her husband Blake Shelton (male vocalist of the year).

But winners are just a small part of the awards show experience. Here are 10 memorable moments from last night’s telecast:


Keith Urban, Brad Paisley and Vince Gill (L to R) perform a tribute to Glen Campbell. ( REUTERS/Tami Chappell)

The Keith Urban/Brad Paisley/Vince Gill/Jimmy Webb tribute to Glen Campbell, who is suffering from Alzheimer's. Even though Campbell himself didn't really play, it was a lovely, understated moment.

2. Best Lionel Richie-style Comeback That You Never Knew You Wanted But Now That It's Here It Isn't So Bad

Lionel Richie, who performed with Rascal Flatts, Little Big Town and (most effectively) Darius Rucker during a lengthy medley.

3. Most Worrying Comeback

We've missed Faith Hill, but she deserves better than Kelly Clarkson's leftovers.

4. Best Zach Galifianakis Impersonation

Zac Brown of the Zac Brown Band

5. Best Urban Outfitters Coffeehouse Faux-folkie

A sweater-clad Taylor Swift, twinkling furiously during a seriously good, stripped-down rendition of "Ours" that seemed at least partly calibrated to silence critics of her previously-shaky vocal performances.


Grace Potter and Kenny Chesney perform "You & Tequila." (REUTERS/Tami Chappel)

Grace Potter and Kenny Chesney dueting on a mellow version of "You and Tequila," with Potter, in a mini-dress, perched awkwardly on a stool.

7. Best Act Of Forgiveness By People Who Probably Weren't That Mad At Him Anyway

The briefly disgraced Hank Williams, Jr. got a standing ovation when he came out during the opener.

8. Most Awkward Kiss

Thompson Square's Shayna and Keifer Thompson's obligatory, toothy liplock at the end of "Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not." They're adorable, though.

9. Best Use of Anatomically Incorrect Dolls To Approximate A Sex Act Between Famous People

In which hosts Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley explore the limited romantic possibilities of their Faith Hill and Tim McGraw Barbie dolls.

10. Most Mixed Metaphor

Luke Bryan's Def-Leppard-goes-to-Nashville version of "Country Girl (Shake it for Me)," complete with writhing, "Flashdance"-esque backup dancers.

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