2015 CMA Awards: 12 Best and Worst Moments

From Luke Bryan's before-our-eyes maturation to the funeral of bro country

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Best Mic Drop: Chris Stapleton and Justin Timberlake

Best Mic Drop: Chris Stapleton and Justin Timberlake

How do you follow the best performance of the entire show — and quite possibly the most stunning in recent CMA history? Well, not easily. Justin Timberlake and Chris Stapleton's rendition of "Tennessee Whiskey" (off Stapleton's Traveller, which took home Album of the Year) and The 20/20 Experience - 2 of 2's "Drink You Away" was so riveting that it made everything that followed pale in comparison. Much has been made of a possible Timberlake country album, but one of the best things about this moment was that it didn't try to turn the pop star into a twanger, nor the Male Vocalist of the Year into anything he isn't. Instead, they met right in the middle in the bluesy, soulful Muscle Shoals-inspired place that grounds both of their music. And, best of all, they let the full range of their vocals blast away into the stratosphere. Two masters, at the top of their game. Marissa R. Moss