Best Reason to Sway: Miranda Lambert and Little Big Town
Little Big Town's throwdown with Ariana Grande was an outsized country-pop mash-up spectacle, but the quartet's collaboration with Miranda Lambert later in the show was all subdued grace. Harmonizing on the woozy "Smokin' and Drinkin'," a standout track from Lambert's Album of the Year Platinum, the five singers turned in the most evocative performance of the night, summoning the nostalgia of the "back in the day" lyrics while making the song feel entirely urgent and of the moment. Points for the best onstage fashion of the night too: LBT's Kimberly Schlapman in a furry skirt and Karen Fairchild in floor-length fringe, and Lambert in an Elvis-worthy golden-bird belt. Plus, the lead guitarist rocked a sweet vintage Farrah Fawcett tee. Ah, nostalgia.