Best: Luke Bryan's "Roller Coaster" Ride Out of Bro Country
Though no one knew it at the time, when Luke Bryan shot out of the stage to join Florida Georgia Line and ZZ Top for a little hick-hop adventure at the CMT Awards in June, it may have been the last time we'd ever see the superstar fully embrace his bro-itude. In TV performances since, Bryan's made a seemingly obvious effort to show his softer side, as he did at the ACCAs with an airy performance of "Roller Coaster." Cole Swindell, duetting with Bryan on the song, and Brett Eldredge, who performed later, both seem to be following suit. Onstage, Bryan's gone from affable, frat-house king to affable, business-casual go-getter on a quest to wow the boardroom with a PowerPoint presentation. He points at all the right people in the room on all the right beats, all without his shirt coming untucked. Watching Swindell and Eldredge work the crowd — and the cameras — it was clear they've been taking notes from the master.