Best: Simple Sets
There's an old saying in country music, "It all starts with a song," and the show's producers took that to heart. Many performances forwent bells and whistles, instead letting lyrics take center stage. Lee Brice's Song of the Year-winning hit, "I Drive Your Truck," was performed with nothing but a guitar and raw emotion. George Strait's "I Got a Car" was accompanied only by a scenic video behind the icon and Lady Antebellum's stage only needed Stevie Nicks.