There's a very good reason the first trophy isn't handed out until more than a half-hour into the 49th annual CMA Awards: the show captivates with its music over its hardware. This year's broadcast was heavy on the unlikely pairings: Chris Stapleton with Justin Timberlake, Keith Urban and John Mellencamp, Thomas Rhett in a dance-off with Fall Out Boy. . . But the solo mainstays — like Blake Shelton, Carrie Underwood and Little Big Town — also mesmerized the audience of millions. Flip through the best stage shots from the Oscars of country music, the CMA Awards.