Here Are All the 2016 CMA Awards Performances Ranked Worst to Best

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FACEBOOK TWITTER EMAIL ME Beyoncé performs at the 50th annual Country Music Awards on Nov. 2, 2016 in Nashville, Tenn. The 2016 CMA Awards -- the 50th edition of the awards show -- drew the best of the best: every living entertainer of the year winner was present, alongside all today’s hottest up-and-coming artists. The awards themselves were special, but, particularly given the star-studded crowd, the performances were history-making. From Chris Stapleton to Alan Jackson to Beyoncé, here are the evening’s performances in order of how ready they made us to hit the after-hoedown. 19. Luke Bryan Just days after the song hit no. 1 on Country Airplay, Luke Bryan performed his sexy single “Move” (sporting fittingly tight pants) in front of an architectural, illuminated set. 18. Brad Paisley Host Brad Paisley capped off the night with an acoustic performance of his newest single “Today” in front of a history-laden CMAs montage.' 17. Tim McGraw Backed only by a montage of different anonymous figures of all nationalities, Tim McGraw performed “Humble and Kind,” his 2016 breakthrough single. 16. Thomas Rhett After winning Single of the Year for “Die A Happy Man,” Thomas Rhett performed the six-week Country Airplay no. 1 for the crowd in a blacked-out Bridgestone Arena -- illuminated almost exclusively by cell phones. 15. Dierks Bentley & Elle King Dierks Bentley was joined by the bluesy Elle King to perform their hit duet “Different for Girls” -- King, sporting a marching band-inspired ensemble complete with fringe, went full country with banjo in hand. Dimmed lights meant cellphones in the air, completing the ballad. 14. Florida Georgia Line & Tim McGraw Florida Georgia Line, who had a pretty quiet evening, were joined by Tim McGraw to perform the trio’s single “May We All” -- it was mellow, but solid. 13. Brooks & Dunn and Jason Aldean Brooks & Dunn were joined by Jason Aldean to perform their 1991 debut single “Brand New Man” -- the trio offered a little old-school rock and bravado to the proceedings, earning a standing ovation. 12. Little Big Town Little Big Town showed off their new single (penned by none other than Taylor Swift) “Better Man” in the midst of a faux-field: not only...

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