Worst Trend: Bro Country Goes Soft Rock
Last time we checked, it was pretty rare to find a piano at a keg party. But that didn't stop Breakthrough Male of the Year winner Sam Hunt from tickling the ivories on "Make You Miss Me," or former ACCAs hosts Florida Georgia Line from trotting out the Backstreet Boys-esque torch ballad "H.O.L.Y." on Sunday night. Elsewhere, Cole Swindell cued a galaxy of cellphone lights while singing his maudlin slow jam "You Should Be Here," and Dan + Shay went swoon-core with their blue-eyed R&B-tinged "From the Ground Up." Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley's attempts at prom-king crooning are enough to make even FGL's most fervent detractors long for the days when they cruised and rolled through awards show performances. And Hunt's wooden "Make You Miss Me" had us wishing he had saved his Stagecoach special guests Snoop Dogg, G-Eazy and Bebe Rexha for the ACCAs. While this new kinder, gentler bro-country may have not yet drifted into yacht-rock waters, it's clearly gone soft.