Garth Brooks wins Entertainer of the Year, then admits he lip-synced through his CMA Awards performance. Does it matter? Maybe, but his live set of "Ask Me How I Know" wasn't going to make this Top 5 anyway. Wednesday night's show was otherwise much too stacked with emotion.
From the Montgomery Gentry tribute to the Glen Campbell memorial to Carrie Underwood's powerful song for the victims of the Route 91 Harvest Festival, this CMA Awards was a little sad at times, but didn't ever feel too heavy. Hosts Brad Paisley and Underwood did a nice job adding levity and finding a balance between real life and entertainment. They leaned heavy into a theme of unity, and it never felt forced.
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