It’s country’s biggest night: the annual Country Music Association Awards — and they’re more than just the Grammys or Oscars with a twang. For starters, longtime hosts Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood are no James Franco and Anne Hathaway. This is their seventh year running the show, and these pros have hit a Sonny-and-Cher-like stride.
Plus, the trophies will be distributed in between performances by some of the industry’s biggest country stars like Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Eric Church, and Kacey Musgraves. But, the best bits of the show are always the ones we didn’t see coming — whether they’re funny, touching, or delightfully odd. To warm you up for tonight’s big event, we rounded up 15 of the most memorable snapshots in the show’s history.
The 48th annual CMA Awards airs tonight at 8 PM/ET on ABC.