CMT Awards 2015: The Best, Worst and Weirdest Moments of the Night

by Zach Seemayer 10:40 PM PDT, June 10, 2015
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The 2015 CMT Music Awards kicked off in Nashville, Tenn., on Wednesday and the night with filled with tons of jaw-dropping performances and record-breaking victories. However, it still hit some stumbling blocks with a few guest appearances and strange wardrobe choices.

So, to break down the fun night, here’s a look at the best, the worst and the weirdest moments from this years’ CMT Music Awards.


Brittany Snow and The Belltones

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With Brittany Show as one of the night's co-hosts, it was inevitable that she reference Pitch Perfect, and her cute moment at the beginning of the night with the Belltones was just the right amount of self-referential humor (unlike Kelly Pickler and Billy Ray Cyrus' super-awkward promotional plug later in the evening).

Kristen Bell’s Hosting Advice

Kristen served as the host of the CMT Music Awards last year, so this time around she had a lot of advice for hosts Erin Andrews and Brittany Snow. Her advice included such gems as, "Don't look Luke Bryan in the eyes, it's a beautiful lagoon and you'll drown in it" and "You're going to want to call Darius Rucker Hootie, don't."

Zedd & Lady Antebellum Team Up

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This mashup of EDM and country couldn't have been cooler, and it was a great performance to kick off the show.

Reba McEntire

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Come on, it's Reba! If she performs at a country music awards show, it's always one of the highlights, because she's just amazing.

Carrie Underwood’s Record-Breaking Wins

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It was a huge night for the American Idol alum. She took home the award for Collaborative Video of the year -- for her "Somethin' Bad" duet with Miranda Lambert -- and the coveted Female Video of the Year award for "Something in the Water." She closed out the show with the big prize, Video of the Year. This brings her CMT Awards count to 13, more than any other country artist.

Oh, and she also managed to give an amazing debut live performance of her song "Little Toy Guns." It's going to be hard to top her accomplishments next year.

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Joe Dirt’s Cameo

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Have people been clamoring for a Joe Dirt sequel for the last 14 years? I think the looks on Erin and Brittany's face best sum up this entire segment.

True Lies Reunion

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As much as we all love True Lies, everything about this Tom Arnold-Arnold Schwarzenegger reunion felt desperate. Get it? Tom Arnold wants to do a True Lies sequel because Terminator Genisys is coming out. The whole thing made us kind of sad.

Erin Andrews and American Pharoah Jockey Victor Espinoza


Victor Espinoza is an amazing athlete who just won the Triple Crown riding American Pharoah at the Belmont Stakes. He made history, and then donated all the money he won to charity. So this is, in no way, a criticism of Espinoza as a person or an athlete. That being said, whose idea was it to put the tallest woman in the world next to the shortest man in sports?

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Everything About Jake Owen’s Performance

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From coming onstage by crowd-surfing on an inflatable bed to his elaborate performance filled with beach balls, surfer dudes and inflatable donuts, everything about Owen's number felt off. He seemed like the male, country music version of Katy Perry. The only thing missing was Left Shark.

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Sam Hunt's Unique Style

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With a half-shaved head and all-white ensemble, country star Sam Hunt -- who won the award for Breakthrough Video of the Year -- looked like a super handsome, very fancy patient at a mental institution. Although, he could be starting a new trend. If nothing else, we hope super-long shirts make a brief comeback.

So Many Random Cameos in Pre-Recorded Sketch

It was fun to see so many random stars in the same place, but there wasn’t any point to the prerecorded sketch about Erin and Brittany trying to get to the show. And it's randomness worked against it. They hitched a ride with Arnold Schwarzenegger, then Tom Arnold joined them, and then -- totally unrelated -- we also saw Steven Tyler, James Corden, Justin Bieber, Rick Springfield, Hunter Hayes and a number of other stars for absolutely no reason. It was nice seeing Rick Springfield again. "Jessie's Girl" is still awesome.

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