The CMA Music Festival In A Nutshell

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adkins The CMA Music Festival In A Nutshell

By: Rick Diamond Collection: Getty Images Entertainment People: Blake Shelton; Trace Adkins

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If you weren’t fortunate enough to attend any of the CMA Music Festival I’ve got a brief rundown on a few of the things you may have missed or were not covered by the various blog writers and corespondents over the weekend.   Who else but [lastfm link_type=""]Taylor Swift[/lastfm] should close out the final night of concerts on Sunday?  She did a set that included hits such as “Our Song”, “Love Story” and “Story Of Us.”  She also said:  ”The cool thing about being on this stage is you get a really good view.”

Swift had her signature “13” painted on her right hand and lyrics painted down her left arm that said: “Remember me in ribbons and curls, love your baby girl.” She surprised and thrilled the in-field fans by running through the crowd to a second, roof top stage, where she played the ukulele and sang “Fearless”. The newlyweds, [lastfm link_type=""]Blake Shelton[/lastfm] and [lastfm link_type=""]Miranda Lambert[/lastfm] both acknowledged their recent nuptials during their CMA Fest performances. Miranda wanted to thank the fans for giving her the best wedding present: another No. 1 hit for “Heart Like Mine.” Did someone say girl band?  Yes Lambert brought out her newly-formed girl band, Pistol Annies, to play their new single, “Hell on Heels.” Now remember NO BEACH BALLS while she’s on stage.  During her performance one landed on stage and she stomped the air out of it with her high heel, saying: “Is it just me or do those beach balls irritate the hell out of y’all?” She then asked everyone to hold onto them while she sang the emotional “The House That Built Me.” Surprise guest [lastfm link_type=""]Trace Adkins[/lastfm] got one of the biggest reactions of the night when he joined Shelton on “Hillbilly Bone.” The stadium reverberated each time fans yelled “Yee haw” on cue. Let me see now, I think there were a few other full band performers including, [lastfm link_type=""]The JaneDear Girls[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type=""]Darius Rucker[/lastfm] and [lastfm link_type=""]The Band Perry[/lastfm]. Rucker got the crowd on its feet and answering back with a rousing version of “Family Tradition.”  The CMA Music Festival TV special featuring performances from LP Field will air later this summer on ABC.

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