2018 CMT Music Awards: 10 Best, Worst and WTF Moments

From the royal silliness of the pre-taped opening to Kelsea Ballerini's marvelous back-to-basics performance

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Best: Carly Pearce's Real Deal Speech

Some of the best awards show moments are those when artists display genuine emotion – which can be in short supply at such a well-polished production as the CMT Awards. But Carly Pearce couldn't help but be her spontaneous self when she won Breakthrough Video of the Year for "Every Little Thing," crying as she walked from her seat to the stage. In a trembling acceptance speech, Pearce told the crowd, "I sat up in the stands with my mom so many years wondering if I would ever get here. Fans, you have absolutely changed everything for me, so thank you for voting for me." Her mic-drop moment was yet to come though: "I just have to say one more thing," she concluded, "to the guy that broke my heart, thank you!" B.M.

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