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: Kelsea Ballerini Goes Back to Basics

Kelsea Ballerini has already proven she can pull off highly-produced, eye-popping performances at previous awards shows, so it was nice to see her strip things down with a "girl next door" performance of her Fifties doo-wop-inspired current single, "I Hate Love Songs." Wearing a denim shirt and jeans, Ballerini tapped into her East Tennessee roots for this straightforward, simple reading of the song. Kudos to Kelsea for letting the music take center stage without any distracting bells and whistles – resulting in one of the night's most moving performances. H.K.


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