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2019 CMA Awards: 12 Best, Worst & WTF Moments

From Carrie Underwood’s “Smooth Criminal” performance to yet another Garth Brooks win

NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE - NOVEMBER 13: (FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY) Carrie Underwood performs onstage during the 53rd annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 13, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images)

Carrie Underwood performs onstage during the 53rd annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 13, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee.

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The 53rd CMA Awards were determined to make history on Wednesday night by dedicating the broadcast to the accomplishments of women in country music. For the most part, that happened: the all-star opening put vets like Terri Clark, Gretchen Wilson, and Martina McBride back in the spotlight, Kacey Musgraves won her first Female Vocalist of the Year trophy, and fiddle player Jenee Fleenor became the first woman to ever be named Musician of the Year. But there were also some moments that had us feeling like a tired, old history was repeating itself. And some things were just plain bad — or worse yet, boring. Here’s the 12 best, worst and WTF moments from Nashville’s big party.

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