The 2015 CMA Awards are almost upon us — so we’re looking back at some of the best moments from the show’s past. Click through the gallery to see pics from some of the hottest CMAs performances of all time, from Carrie Underwood to Taylor Swift and SO many more!
Country music’s biggest night is fast approaching, and to gear up for the highly-anticipated CMA Awards, we’re reminiscing on past performances from the show. With the genre’s biggest stars always in attendance, there were so many memorable moments to choose from, and here are some of our faves!
Carrie Underwood has been hosting the CMAs with her pal, Brad Paisley, since 2008, but the duo almost always plays double duty and sings one of their respective hits at the show, too. Last year, while five months pregnant, the American Idol winner looked flawless — and sounded even better — while singing her inspirational single “Something In The Water.”
Another moment we’ll never forget from last year’s show? Little Big Town’s EPIC collaboration with Ariana Grande! The country group first sang their party song “Day Drinkin’,” and were joined by Ari for a rendition of her then-hit “Bang Bang.” We love when different genres are fused together like this, and it’s so great that the CMA Awards are a safe space for pop artists, too!
Take Taylor Swift, for instance. She went full-on pop with her sound last year, but before that, she was a country girl. Her last appearance at the CMAs was in 2013 and it was a HUGE night for her — she was joined by country legends Alison Krauss and Vince Gill for a touching rendition of her song “Red,” AND she took home the Pinnacle Award, which had only ever been won before by Garth Brooks back in 2005.
The guys know how to heat things up just as well as the ladies do, too! Keith Urban looked totally adorable while singing his 2014 song “Somewhere In My Car” at last year’s awards show, and Luke Bryan totally melted our hearts, as usual, when he belted out the summer tune “Roller Coaster.” Don’t worry — both guys will be back again this year to perform so we can swoon all over again! Until then, click through the gallery to relive some more CMA Awards performances!
HollywoodLifers, which CMA performance was your favorite of all time? Are you tuning into the show this week?
— Alyssa Norwin