CMA Music Festival 2018: 30 Best Things We Saw

From Carrie Underwood and Chris Stapleton's main-stage stunners to breakout sets by Ashley McBryde and Dillon Carmichael

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Best Album Artist: Kip Moore
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Best Album Artist: Kip Moore

"You might be expecting to just hear the songs you've heard on the radio," Kip Moore told the crowd at the HGTV Lodge on Friday morning, cracking a smile from beneath some dark sunglasses. "But that's just not going to be the case right now." In town after a score of sold-out international tour dates, Moore meant two things with that joke: that his music isn't on the airwaves nearly as often as it should be, and his sets lean more on album cuts than singles, anyway. Flanked by his band on acoustic guitars, he played a combo of both, with versions of tracks like "The Bull," "I've Been Around," "Fast Women" and "More Girls Like You" delivered with heaps of passion, grit and enough rock & roll to make the Lodge at 11:00 am feel like a club at midnight – though where Moore really belongs is on the Nissan Stadium lineup. M.M.

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