CMT Blog: Big & Best of 2012 Delivers Exclusive Performances

The online event of the year might be over, but fans can still see all the exclusive performances, interviews and unscripted moments of The Big & Best of 2012: A Year End Celebration Presented by T-Mobile.

Wednesday’s (Dec. 12) eight-hour live stream began in New York City and went country with exclusive performances by acts known for their songwriting and performing talents.The show went immediately into high gear with a five-song set by reigning CMA duo of the year Thompson Square .The husband and wife act rocked a five-song set that included their new song, “If I Didn’t Have You,” and favorites such as “Glass” and “Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not.”

VH1’s Carrie Keagan and MTV’s Sway Calloway co-hosted the event with CMT Insider’s Kourtney Hansen and revealed the Top 12 moments in country music. The year’s hot news topics included interviews with superstars Carrie Underwood , Jason Aldean , Kenny Chesney , Jake Owen and more.

Newcomer Dustin Lynch took country to New York’s Times Square with a live performance in the MTV studio. Singing in front of a live crowd in his signature hat and boots, Lynch looked right at home in the Big Apple singing his hits “She Cranks My Tractor” and “Cowboys and Angels.” Rumor has it this Southern gentleman had MTV staffers swooning.

Swedish duo First Aid Kit performed on the streets of Nashville as part of the digital series Concrete Country. The folk-infused act represented country’s growing independent artist scene which are showcased on CMT Edge. The theme of stellar songwriting continued when Grace Potter performed a stripped-down Live @ CMT performance with just her piano and guitar. Fans last saw Potter and her band, the Nocturnals, appearing at packed stadiums during Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw’s Brothers of the Sun tour.

And what musical event of the year would be complete without superstar Taylor Swift ? The global phenomenon gave fans a first look at her new video, “I Knew You Were Trouble,” and talked about her top moments of the year. If 2012 was this jam-packed, what will 2013 hold?