Worst: Blink and You Missed the Side Stage Artists
Can we just do away with shoehorning in these abridged, 45-second-then-cut-to-commercial performances by up-and-comers? Even future main-stage stars like Lanco, Devin Dawson and Carly Pearce – who had to the unenviable take of trying to make an impact after Kelly Clarkson sang a rock-radio staple with a gospel choir – can't help but look anything but small and not really part of the actual show on a sponsor-branded stage in a corner of the arena. With only, at best, half a verse and a chorus to work with, artists have to try painfully hard to look like they're in the middle of an impassioned performance. Just ask Lindsay Ell, whose lack of a longer slot for her fiery "Criminal" was exactly that. A.G.