Who knew Game 7 would turn into such a nail biter? If that meant you missed country music’s biggest night, not to worry. Here are the four moments everyone will be buzzing about today.

By Real Simple
Updated November 03, 2016
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The CMAs are known for bringing great country artists together with non-country stars (last year’s Chris Stapleton and Justin Timberlake duo comes to mind). But Wednesday night’s mashup might just have beaten them all: Queen Bey and the Dixie Chicks singing Daddy Lessons—wow.


By “her” he means co-host, Carrie Underwood. Their opening act took quite a few political jabs, our sister site People.com reports. As Underwood read off the nominees for entertainer of the year (Garth Brooks, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Keith Urban, Chris Stapleton), Paisley interrupted with “Lies!,” “Wrong!,” and “Crooked Carrie!”


The iconic star was awarded with the Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award during the show. “Dolly is country music, pure and simple,” Lily Tomlin said at the kickoff of the tribute. What followed was nearly 10 minutes of a musical homage, starting with a performance of her hit “Jolene” by Jennifer Nettles (of Sugarland) and Pentatonix. Reba McEntire, Carrie Underwood, and Kacey Musgraves also performed.


At last year’s CMAs, Taylor Swift took a lot of jabs from the hosts for “leaving” country music. But this time around, she had a little surprise for fans. Turns out, she secretly wrote Little Big Town’s newly released song, “Better Man.” For a while, the quartet had been saying a “young girl in Nashville,” wrote the song, Spin.com reported. That “young girl” was actually country-singer-turned-mega-pop-star Taylor Swift, and Little Big Town belted out her lyrics on stage at the CMAs.