Miranda Lambert performs at the 49th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015, in Nashville, Tenn. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Miranda Lambert performs at the 49th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015, in Nashville, Tenn. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

No alarms, a surprise or two: Rising singer Chris Stapleton picked up three trophies on Wednesday night at Nashville's Country Music Association Awards ceremony, including Male Vocalist of the Year. That, and Stapleton stole the stage while performing with fellow Tennessean Justin Timberlake.

Georgia sensation Luke Bryan won Entertainer of the Year -- the guy does draw a huge, loyal crowd. And Lindale's Miranda Lambert claims the Female Vocalist crown once more.

Lambert kept her speech short, its key line being, "I needed a bright spot this year, so thank you."

What else stood out during Wednesday night's ABC broadcast? Read on for the full spectrum of CMA moments.

Justin Timberlake and Chris Stapleton  (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Justin Timberlake and Chris Stapleton  (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Best performances

-- Hank Williams Jr. and Eric Church, "Are You Ready for the Country" -- Williams' new single lays on the cheese, but that worked strangely well for the musical kickoff. It was quickly followed by John Mellencamp and Keith Urban singing "Pink Houses," because why not? Urban then did a new song, "John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16," whose title I never want to type again.

-- It speaks to the Zac Brown Band's skill that it can blend EDM and pop-grass and come out mostly unscathed. Credit a super-catchy chorus. Yep, "Beautiful Drug" is most likely inching up the streaming charts already.

-- Little Big Town, "Girl Crush" -- A guitar and a perfect four-part harmony. Works every time.

-- Chris Stapleton and Justin Timberlake, "Tennessee Whiskey" -- A sly tour de force with Stapleton's booming soul vocals at the forefront."Tennessee Whiskey" segued into Timberlake's country-ish tune "Drink You Away."

-- Eric Church, "Mr. Misunderstood" -- It's a well constructed song, his latest ode to outsiders, and also the title track of a surprise new album that recently landed in the mailboxes of fan club members.

Kacey Musgraves' colorful backdrop (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Kacey Musgraves' colorful backdrop (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

-- The introspective song "Bathroom Sink" was a good choice for Miranda Lambert, who seemed to have fun and get a little aggression out while performing it. Lambert's fellow East Texan Kacey Musgraves made Golden proud with the biographical ditty "Dime Store Cowgirl."

-- Shouts out to Reba and Brooks & Dunn, who were in particularly robust form during their victory lap medley. No wonder they're in Vegas.

Other notable moments

Lori McKenna, from left, Liz Rose and Hillary Lindsey accept the award for song of the year for "“Girl Crush." (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Lori McKenna, from left, Liz Rose and Hillary Lindsey accept the award for song of the year for "“Girl Crush." (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

-- Steve Martin and Dallas' Edie Brickell, who've just released another album together, displayed an easy charm presenting the award for Single of the Year. That award went to the much-deserving "Girl Crush." It also won Song of the Year, which allowed co-writer and Dallas native Liz Rose to take the stage to accept a trophy.

-- The 'Star Wars' opening skit was full of OK wink-wink jokes, yet still a shameless promotional tactic for Disney. That kind of company boosterism on ABC? Never. Oh yeah, Kermit and Miss Piggy were there, too, used in a bait-and-switch divorce joke. A little indirect humor at the expense of Blake and Miranda. Awkward.

-- Pentatonix, our No. 1 hometown a cappella all-stars, did a ver'nice version of "Elvira" in tribute to the Oak Ridge Boys, and then presented the Vocal Group of the Year award (to Little Big Town).

Sam Hunt loves you girl, and he loves his peculiar shirts. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Sam Hunt loves you girl, and he loves his peculiar shirts. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

-- While it was confidently delivered, Sam Hunt's Drake-esque country-pop hit "Take Your Time" went on and on ...

-- Genre boundaries continued to blur when Fall Out Boy joined Thomas Rhett for a song swap. The whole thing was comically bad. Including the dancers.

-- That hair guy in Florida Georgia Line -- you know the one -- has replaced his normal McConaughey-ish do with a man bun. That distracted me completely from the rest of the "Confession" performance.

-- Brad Paisley opted for a football-themed production while performing "Country Nation." Blake Shelton went simpler on "Gonna." Neither song wows.

Little Big Town performs during the 49th annual CMA Awards at Bridgestone Arena. (Larry McCormack/The Tennessean via USA TODAY Sports)

Little Big Town performs during the 49th annual CMA Awards at Bridgestone Arena. (Larry McCormack/The Tennessean via USA TODAY Sports)

Awards

Single of the Year: "Girl Crush," Little Big Town

Song of the Year: "Girl Crush," Lori McKenna, Hillary Lindsey and Dallas native Liz Rose

New Artist of the Year: Chris Stapleton

Vocal Duo of the Year: Florida Georgia Line

Album of the Year: Traveller, Chris Stapleton

Vocal Group of the Year: Little Big Town

Female Vocalist of the Year: Miranda Lambert

Male Vocalist of the Year: Chris Stapleton

Entertainer of the Year: Luke Bryan

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