37 Best Things We Saw at CMA Music Fest 2014

From Miranda Lambert's sass to Richie Sambora's surprise, what entertained us most at country's biggest festival
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Best Pop Cover: Rascal Flatts

Rascal Flatts have always taken as many cues from Top 40 pop as they have from Nashville twang. Such sensibility was in full effect during the group's set at LP Field Thursday night. Not just because the well-coiffed trio opened it with their true-to-form cover of Tom Cochrane's "Life Is a Highway" that made all too much sense, but because they went barbershop on an a cappella cover of Pharrell Williams' relentlessly ubiquitous "Happy." Not only did the stadium-captivating, beat-box-boasting rendition show off Gary LeVox & Co.'s killer vocal chops, it came as a refreshing contrast in the middle of a bro-country-heavy bill dominated by the likes of Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley.

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