25 Best Things We Saw at CMA Music Fest 2016

From Eric Church's show of artistic rebellion to Maren Morris's bohemian spirit

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Best MVP: Maren Morris
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Best MVP: Maren Morris

Maren Morris was everywhere during CMA Fest: performing her own set at the Riverfront, guesting with Rascal Flatts at Nissan Stadium later that night, and just an hour or so later, popping up at Wheeler Walker Jr.'s party across town to show off her knack for blue lyrics. She was versatile, fluid and the Fest's MVP, especially during her own set on the Cumberland River. Sporting a flowing top and a floppy hat, she twirled like Stevie Nicks and jammed like Bob Marley on reggae-tinged songs like "Drunk Girls Don't Cry" and "Rich," off her debut album Hero. But it was her spirited run through "My Church," her breakthrough single, that best captured her bohemian vibe — and made the case that she's creating the freshest pop-country sound of the decade.