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 Hitting Their Stride: Dan + Shay
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Best Hitting Their Stride: Dan + Shay

Maybe it was their "Can you believe this?" expressions or the everyguy chemistry they share, but Dan + Shay were the most endearing act to perform at Nissan Stadium this CMA Fest. It's impossible to not root for the hard-working guys – in fact, when D+S won Duo Video of the Year at the CMT Awards last week, no less than Brothers Osborne tweeted their praise of the band. On the main stage Thursday night, Shay Mooney and Dan Smyers delivered a strong set full of harmonies and hits, including their Number One "From the Ground Up," made more dazzling by a sea of cellphone lights, and an inspired cover of Justin Timberlake's "Can't Stop the Feeling." But it was their performance of the intoxicating "Tequila," with Mooney's voice extending to the far reaches of the stadium, that showed Dan + Shay are a force to be reckoned with – as potent as a shot of 100 proof. J.H. 

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