Best moments from the Country Music Awards

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (MEDIA GENERAL/AP) – Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley kicked off the Country Music Association Awards dressed as characters from “Star Wars” and later joked onstage — including about Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert’s divorce. Chris Stapleton became a fixture at the podium and Justin Timberlake’s duet with Stapleton blew everyone away.

 

In case you missed country’s biggest night, here’s the best moments put together for you.

Blake & Gwen are an item

Recently divorced singer Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani, who filed for divorce in August, are dating.

A representative for Shelton confirmed on Wednesday that the two stars are a couple.

Shelton and singer Miranda Lambert, who won Female Vocalist of the Year, announced that they were divorced after four years of marriage in July.

Both Shelton and Lambert are attending Wednesday night’s Country Music Association Awards in Nashville, Tennessee.

Justin and Chris

The most talked about performance of the night was the duet by newly-crowned New Artist of the Year Chris Stapleton and pop prince Justin Timberlake. They sang a song from each artist including Timberlake’s “Drink You Away.”

Country “Star Wars”

Carrie Underwood rocked a Princess Leia hairdo and white dress as country music superstars played “Star Wars” for the opening number.

Shatner is a Trooper

William Shatner surprises everyone by showing up as a Storm Trooper from “Star Wars” in the fun opening sketch.

We’ve all got a “Girl Crush”

“Girl Crush” by Little Big Town won a few big awards including Song and Single of the Year. The band won Vocal Group of the Year. Even Kelly Clarkson couldn’t deny the song’s pull when it was performed live.

Chris Stapleton wins big

“Well, there’s going to be a party tonight!” That’s what Chris Stapleton said after winning Male Vocalist of the Year. He also took home New Artist of the Year and Album of the Year for “Traveller.”

Even Luke Bryan said he loved watching “Chris take the night.” Bryan didn’t walk home empty handed. He was awarded the biggest title of the night, Entertainer of the Year.

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