Worst Holiday Uncle: Brad Paisley
Paisley's always been a skilled snark-master — which is why he's co-hosted the CMAs since 2008. But this year he veered a little too close toward the inappropriate uncle we all avoid at the holidays. While his punch lines in the opening "Cray Cray" song, sung to Patsy's "Crazy," elicited some giggles, they also felt dated and even out of touch, like the song's past-expiration-date title and the Caitlyn Jenner zinger. And his winking allusion to Justin Timberlake's "Dick in a Box" ("I can't put my finger on it…can I?" he asked) and his insistence on dropping trou was plain old weird. Still, points for recruiting an army of dancing mascots for his performance of "Country Nation" — even if it did call to mind the most hillbilly furries fetish ever. J.H.