Honoring the twang:

November 3, 2016

The CMA Awards elegantly straddled the line between nostalgia and moldy oldies by making elegant nods to past idols and educating new country fans to artists who paved the way like Loretta Lynn, Vince Gill, George Strait and Barbara Mandrell.

Old clips from previous shows honored those who have died. And when married couple Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood performed an epic medley of country standards, it ended with a lip lock that seemed rooted in genuine love and respect.

All night, it was fun to see so many artists in the audience singing along to classics being performed onstage like “Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue.”