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 Pop-Punk Surprise: Kalie Shorr
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Best Pop-Punk Surprise: Kalie Shorr

For CMA Fest-goers who didn't yet know Kalie Shorr, they may have been surprised to hear a cover of Lit's "My Own Worst Enemy" as they approached the Hard Rock stage on Friday – though what is even more shocking is how many country fans knew the words to the pop-punk hit. But resurrecting the music she grew up with, from Lit to emo, is at the core of what makes Shorr unique, and helps her win over anyone who may have taken their confessionals at church, not from Dashboard. One of CMT's Next Women of Country and a member of the Song Suffragettes, Shorr was everywhere at the festival, even providing the tunes for a CMT workout to kick things off. A little punk, a little twang, a little sweat and plenty of empowerment – with Shorr, it all goes hand in hand. M.M.

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