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 Living Legend: Vince Gill
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Vince Gill accepts the Irving Waugh Award of Excellence during the 48th annual CMA Awards. Rick Diamond/Getty10/12

Best Living Legend: Vince Gill

For as consistent in his creativity and unassuming in his manner that he is, it's easy to take Vince Gill for granted. Fortunately, that wasn't the case last night, as the CMA bestowed upon Gill the Irving Waugh of Excellence Award and put together a moving montage of stars such as Merle Haggard and James Taylor giving him props. Gill, as he is wont to do, teared up as he watched from his seat in the audience — and why he wasn't seated smack dab in the front row is beyond us. When it was finally time for him to make his own remarks, Gill talked at length not about himself, but about the man for whom the award is named and praised the camaraderie between guys like Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean and their peers. Bemoan the preponderance of pop in country music all you like, but cherish the fact that a true legend — and gentleman — is still working today.

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