Best: Darius Rucker revives Hootie classic to open the CMAs
While the CMA Awards' push for unity and harmony wasn't always the most natural strategy, it did at least result in an uplifting, memorable opening number and some fun moments from the show's hosts. Following Eric Church's solemn reading of "Amazing Grace," Keith Urban and Lady Antebellum joined Darius Rucker to perform his old band Hootie & the Blowfish's optimistic earworm "Hold My Hand," which is still lodged in our brains some 20-plus years later. They were quickly joined by an all-star second stage of singers that included Little Big Town, Garth Brooks, Kix Brooks, Ronnie Dunn, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Luke Bryan, Kelsea Ballerini and Thomas Rhett. Co-hosts Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley kept the playful tone going through their opening remarks, landing some well-placed jabs about Donald Trump's Twitter habits and donning protective eyewear to sing "Total Eclipse of the Garth." J.F.