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: Dierks Bentley and Brothers Osborne Bring the Heat

With "Burning Man," Dierks Bentley proves he can still cut a collaboration with a heartbeat. Enlisting Brothers Osborne for this barn-burner from his new album The Mountain was a masterstroke – and compelled him to elevate his own game. Their live performance on the CMTs lost none of its fire, with a devilish John Osborne re-creating a blistering solo and his brother TJ dropping those delicious baritone notes as he stalked the stage. But in the end, this is Bentley's song and he delivered it with a workingman's commitment that matched his plain white T-shirt. If the lyrics are about that searching period that comes mid-life, Bentley has clearly found himself. J.H.

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