2017 ACM Awards: 10 Best, Worst and WTF Moments

From co-hosts Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley's opening monologue to a bro country/boy band mash-up

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Best: The Live Ballad Is Reborn
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Best: The Live Ballad Is Reborn

Three years ago, Little Big Town's "Girl Crush" reopened the doors on a fading but beloved country tradition: the ballad. Sure, these moments often appeared as album cuts, but rarely did they make news or the awards show stage. At the ACMs, however, the ballad was boss. Keith Urban, Maren Morris, Miranda Lambert, Luke Bryan, Dierks Bentley, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, and even terminal twang-rocker Jason Aldean trafficked in their mellow, contemplative tempos. And while Morris and Urban went high energy for their Grammy performances back in February, they both used the ACMs to showcase the drama and set a reminder that it's always smart to take things slow. M.M.

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