Best Poignancy: Luke Bryan
The very last performance of CMA Music Fest was one of its most poignant. Luke Bryan sidelined his hip-shaking set to remember victims of the Orlando terrorist attack with a moment of silence, asking the audience to pray for the families of those killed and injured. He followed the massive prayer session with a stripped-down, tearjerking performance of his tune about losing loved ones, "Drink a Beer." Prayer was also on the country superstar's mind backstage, as he told reporters he asks God for the right words to explain tragedies like Orlando to his young sons and nephew. "The American spirit is about not living in fear," he said. "We need to trust what our maker has in store for us."