CMA Awards 2014's 12 Best Moments

From Miranda Lambert "smoking" with Little Big Town to Vince Gill's teary tribute, the water cooler moments from country's biggest night

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Best Country Authenticity: George Strait and Eric Church
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Eric Church and George Strait perform on the 48th annual CMA Awards. Rick Diamond/Getty Images11/12

Best Country Authenticity: George Strait and Eric Church

Harmonically, everything went to hell as soon as Eric Church and George Strait's tag-teamed version of "Cowboys Like Us" wallowed into its first chorus like the town drunk, stumbling from note to note. Perhaps one of the backup singers couldn't find the right part, or maybe the blame fell on Church, whose aviators couldn't hide the excitement of a fan who'd been asked to sing with one of his idols. As "Cowboys Like Us" lurched along, though, the pitchy performance became pretty endearing, with Church and Strait sounding less like two A-listers singing on prime-time television and more like a pair of half-lit good ol' boys swapping songs and swigs around a campfire. If that's not country music, we don't know what is.

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