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The 5 Most Important Things That Happened at the CMA Awards

CMA Awards 2014: Highlights, Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood

From left: Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert and Ariana Grande

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11/05/2014 AT 11:55 PM EST

It’s a good thing that what happens in Nashville doesn’t stay in Nashville.

Country’s finest laid on the hair spray and ditched their cowboy boots for Wednesday’s CMA Awards, hosted by Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley. Lucky for us, there was no shortage of down-home, downright awesome fun (and no scarcity of accolades for Miranda Lambert … or cowboy hats).

Here’s what went down at Nashville’s biggest party.

1. Miranda Lambert’s CMAs Domination

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Miranda Lambert

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She performed twice, took home four CMA Awards and changed her outfit roughly a million times. Basically, Lambert ruled over the CMAs. From her starting curly-locked look on stage with Meghan Trainor to her more somber, straight-haired song with Little Big Town, there was barely a moment when the “Smokin’ and Drinkin'” singer wasn’t on the screen – and we’re okay with that. Lambert glittered, glowed and looked fabulous beside husband Blake Shelton all night (and we think entertainer of the year winner Luke Bryan would agree). Bow down to the Beyoncé of country!

2. Pop Princess Taylor Swift Dethroned

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Taylor Swift

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Well, haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate. Hosts Paisley and Underwood noted official pop princess Taylor Swift’s Nashville departure, playfully pointing out “the epidemic we are all facing”: Postpartum Taylor Swift Disorder. “Just going to have to shake it off,” they woefully sang, before promising the absent nominee that she always has a place in country music. “If you ever want to come back, there is a seat for you right here,” added Paisley. “It’s Blake’s [Shelton]. We will kick him out.”

3. Carrie’s Baby Gender Reveal

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Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood

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It’s official: Underwood is feeling blue! The CMAs host is expecting a boy, co-host Paisley revealed. During a bit in their opener, Underwood whispered the sex of her first child with husband Mike Fisher. A few Swift, Ebola and Renée Zellweger jokes later, Paisley let the cat out of the bag when he suggested she name her future kid in honor of Garth Brooks.

4. Kacey’s Major – We Mean Major – Hair

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Kacey Musgraves

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Before she even took home the song of the year award, Musgraves was the talk of the CMAs. The singer’s big bump of brunette hair was a red carpet stand-out and go-to Twitter subject. Musgraves, 26, confessed the Texas-inspired ‘do was full of secrets, but wouldn’t cop to what. Whatever Musgraves was hiding, she must have shaken out a few of those enigmas during the show because she later appeared on stage with noticeably flatter locks.

5. Collaborations Ruled the Stage

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Little Big Town and Ariana Grande

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Nothing against Dierks Bentley and Luke Bryan’s solo numbers, but the best performances of the night came in pairs. The CMAs treated – and surprised – viewers with a trio of collaborations, starting with Meghan Trainor and Miranda Lambert.

The blonde twosome started the show with a hip-shaking rendition of Trainor’s “All About That Bass.” The song was an especially big moment for Trainor, who spent last year’s CMAs sitting in the back.

A glittery Kacey Musgraves took the stage to perform the country classic “You’re Looking at Country” on her own, but she didn’t stay solo for long. The tune’s original crooner, Loretta Lynn, soon appeared on stage in an even sparklier frock. The country queen and the genre’s new darling finished the song arm in arm.

The biggest and certainly brightest of the collaborations was Little Big Town’s glowing number with Ariana Grande. Dressed in light-up outfits and backed by an equally flashy drumline, Little Big Town started the performance with their hit “Day Drinking.” Grande then emerged to belt “Bang Bang,” backed by the band instead of the usual Jessie J and Nicki Minaj.


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Ariana Grande Glows in the Dark with Little Big Town at the CMAs

Ariana Grande Glows in the Dark with Little Big Town at the CMAs

Ariana Grande (center) and Little Big Town

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11/05/2014 AT 09:50 PM EST

Ariana Grande just went a little bit country.

Hey, with Taylor Swift going totally pop, Nashville needed another crossover diva.

After Little Big Town sang “Day Drinking” during the CMA Awards on Wednesday, Grande joined for a drum-heavy performance of her hit “Bang Bang.”

Wearing a metallic crop top and tight skirt with glow-in-the-dark piping to match Little Big Town’s lit-up outfits, the 22-year-old proved powerhouse vocals know no genre. And the band definitely rocked out on the parts usually reserved for Jessie J and Nicki Minaj.

Tell us: What did you think of Grande’s CMAs performance with Little Big Town? Should she strap on some cowgirl boots or leave the country twang to them?


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Channing Tatum Opens Up About Drugs, the Mean Girls Cast Reunites + More in Today’s Last Lap

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Channing Tatum reflects on his life as a stripper, Regina George and the Plastics are reunited in Entertainment Weekly, another A-lister joins Peter Pan Live!, and more in today’s Last Lap.

  • Channing Tatum opens up about stripping and experimenting with drugs: “It was crazy.” [US Weekly]
  • The casts of Mean Girls, Napoleon Dynamite, Sisters, and more reunite in Entertainment Weekly. So fetch. [EW]
  • Minnie Driver joins NBC’s upcoming Peter Pan Live! [EW]
  • See Matt Bomer and the sexy stars of Magic Mike XXL eat ice cream cones. [Tom + Lorenzo]
  • Miles Teller is in talks to star in indie drama The Only Living Boy in New York. [Moviefone]
  • Warner Brothers picks up Zac Efron‘s DJ movie We Are Your Friends. [THR]
  • Former New York Yankees player Brad Halsey died at the age of 33. [MLB]
  • Minnie Driver joins Peter Pan Live! [EW]
  • Mark Wahlberg is quite the gambler in his new film with John Goodman and Jessica Lange.
  • Hugh Jackman means business in the Chappie trailer. [Just Jared]
  • Is Jim Parsons a Groomzilla? [Gossip Cop]
  • Matt Damon and Alexander Payne join forces for Downsizing. [THR]
  • Kendall Jenner celebrated her 19th birthday with A-listers and strippers. [Marie Claire]
  • Roseanne celebrates her 62nd birthday by reuniting with her TV family. [Extra]
  • Australians hate Starbucks and we don’t understand them. [Cosmopolitan]
  • Adam Trent from Broadway’s The Illusionists Live shows us his mesmerizing skills on Big Morning Buzz Live.

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Adorable Animals with More Instagram Followers Than You


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Need a pick me up? This group of adorable animal celebrities can put a smile on anyone’s face.

Each of these furry friends has a unique story to tell. From a mustachioed kitty to a one-eyed wonder, check out these super cute cats and dogs who have quite the Instagram followings. Many of these animals were rescued or adopted from shelters, so show your support by visiting their Instagrams and websites to give them a little love! The gallery above will give you just the right amount of cuteness to get you through the day.

Marnie the dog is cute, friendly, and a great dancer! Check it out below.

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