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2017 ACM Awards: 10 Best, Worst and WTF Moments

From co-hosts Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley’s opening monologue to a bro country/boy band mash-up

The 52nd ACM Awards hit many of the right notes, as the Las Vegas blowout assembled country’s heavy hitters for a mostly entertaining show. Along with honoring today’s country music, the production also paid tribute to early rock & roll and Nineties boy-band pop, two moves that could have felt shoe-horned in if not for the game collaborators – Joe Walsh and Backstreet Boys, respectively – who graced the stage. Still, the night wasn’t without missteps. Here’s the best, worst and oh-my-god moments of the 2017 ACMs.

Best Worst ACM awards 2017 read

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Worst: Presenters Are Short on Personality

Luke Bryan’s wax statue aside, the humor was predictably obvious at times, with the Oscars’ Best Picture mix-up an all-but-inevitable target. The not-so-sick burn was delivered during the very first category by illusionist David Copperfield and entertainment journalist Nancy O’Dell, who announced that the Song of the Year winner was Emma Stone for La La Land. They doubled down on the joke, even giving Copperfield the “wrong” card to present to the camera. It was probably better to get that one out of the way early, but it wasn’t the only awkward moment from the presenters. Rising star Kane Brown seemed to have only one paltry line to read, stiff-as-a-board NASCAR drivers looked like deer in their own headlights and Kellie Pickler had the dubious honor of presenting New Male, Female and Duo winners with their trophies immediately after their performances. J.G.

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