25 Best Things We Saw at CMA Music Fest 2016

From Eric Church's show of artistic rebellion to Maren Morris's bohemian spirit

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Best Back Catalog: Carrie Underwood
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Best Back Catalog: Carrie Underwood

With new album Storyteller to promote, Carrie Underwood could have leaned heavy on the record in her Friday-night closing set at Nissan Stadium. Sam Hunt was even in the building, able to re-create their single "Heartbeat." But Underwood decided to look back — and in one case, way back — for her performance, opening with the one-two punch of  "Last Name" and "Undo It," before trotting out the unexpected 2007 Number One "Wasted." The three songs in succession illustrated how many hits Underwood has under her belt, a body of work to be envied. Finally, she turned to Storyteller, roaring through new single "Church Bells" and relishing her harmonica star turn in "Choctaw County Affair" — two more songs we'll be hoping she plays at CMA Fests in years to come. 

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