CMA Awards 2014: Best and Worst of the Broadcast

November 6, 2014 6:08 AM

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• Worst moment to not have Taylor Swift in attendance: It’s a tie: Kenny Chesney’s opening number, “American Kids,” featured a boho-chic dance party on stage—and we got zero shots of stars shaking if off in the crowd. The Doobie Brothers got people moving to “Listen to the Music” and “Takin’ It to the Streets,” but Jennifer Nettles, who joined them along with Hunter Hayes and Lady A’s Hillary Scott, can only do so much.

• Best moment to not have Taylor Swift in attendance: Veteran cohosts Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood always like to go topical in their opening monologue, which once again killed. In addition to singing an ode to the nude photos of country artists that will be leaking online, they hit on the Ebol...

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