10 Most Unexpected Country Collaborations of 2014

Rock legends join Nashville newbies, a pop princess enlightens a country quartet and more of this year's musical odd couples

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2. Florida Georgia Line With ZZ Top and Jason Derulo

CMT Music Awards, June 4th
CMT's big party took place in early summer, but some people still have their mouths agape over the show's wonky collaboration between Florida Georgia Line and ZZ Top. Make that two-thirds of ZZ Top. Billy Gibbons and Dusty Hill opened with a straightforward snippet of "La Grange," then made way for FGL, special guest Luke Bryan and their current R&B man-crush, Jason Derulo. With the ZZ Top guys half-heartedly playing backup, the younger artists performed a wildly uninhibited mash-up of "This Is How We Roll/Talk Dirty to Me" – the highlight of which was a synchronized twerking sequence. In an awkward two-shot with FGL's Brian Kelley, the camera caught Gibbons looking bewildered, as if to say, "This may be how you roll, but this is not how ZZ Top rolls."

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