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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Worst Disappearing Act: John Mellencamp

Worst Disappearing Act: John Mellencamp

Keith Urban's most recent Number One is "John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16." John Mellencamp agreed to appear on the CMA Awards with Urban, even though he has long since changed the stage name that he famously loathes. Mellencamp sings one of his classic hits with Urban —  a stripped-back, rootsy take on the oft-misunderstood anthem of disillusion "Pink Houses" — and then, when it comes time to sing Urban's song, he leaves. Um, what? It's hard to discern what the point of that exercise was. Sure it might be kinda weird to sing a song with your name in it, but isn’t that the fun of having him there? Would the producers want Eric Church to welcome Bruce Springsteen out to sing "Born to Run" and then watch him waltz off when Church started "Springsteen"? Other than giving Mellencamp's back catalog a nice bump — which we are always in favor of — the bait-and-switch just made no sense. Sarah Rodman

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