Last night’s CMT Artists of the Year show was a whirlwind of emotions. We were happy, we were sad, we were singing at the top of our lungs, and we were even speechless (which doesn’t happen often). Luckily, we have the many faces of Blake Shelton to help guide us through our stages of enjoying the show.
Stage 1: Excitement
The show opened with a one-of-a-kind cover of Blake Shelton’s “Neon Light,” courtesy of his former Voice mentees Cassadee Pope and RaeLynn and the lovable Darius Rucker. Trace Adkins presented Blake his award, he made a great speech, and that was just the first 10 minutes! So at this point, we knew we were in for a great night.
Stage 2: Affection
Just when we thought we couldn’t love the Florida Georgia Line song “Dirt” any more, Thomas Rhett honored the duo with an amazing cover of it, and we had all the feels. There was also that caterpillar/butterfly moment, which we are still processing. Kenny Rogers also made an emotional speech about winning the CMT Artist of a Lifetime award, which made us want to give him a big ol’ hug.
Stage 3: Jammin’
Stage 4: Speechlessness
Little Big Town, who were two members short due to a tragic loss in the Westbrook/Fairchild family, gave a very touching speech, and reminded us how truly precious our loved ones are. The group was then honored by Adam Lambert and Leona Lewis, whose rendition of “Girl Crush” left us truly speechless.
Stage 5: Awe
The night ended on a high note, being sung by the talented (and always fashionable) Sam Hunt. He turned the elegant affair into a “House Party,” and got the whole crowd on their feet. As the show closed, we were left in serious awe of the amazing talent and great friendships that call Nashville home.