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: Carrie Underwood Puts the Power in Power Ballad

Carrie Underwood revamped the stage setting from her previous TV performances of “Cry Pretty” for this appearance, but who could pay attention to the lighting or those thousands of crystals hanging from the ceiling when Underwood is delivering this vocal performance? The song is a narrative breakthrough for the entertainer since she is singing about her own struggles in the first person, and it’s fascinating to watch her gain more power both as a performer and vocalist with every new performance of “Cry Pretty.” By the end of the song, Carrie was in full-on Axl Rose mode, letting her huge voice soar and weaving side-to-side. This is what it looks like when a superstar continues to evolve as an artist. H.K.

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