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As usual, Wednesday night’s Country Music Association Awards were jam-packed with musical performances by most of country’s biggest stars, and featured some interesting collaborations as well. Here’s a rundown of who played what:

Luke Bryan and Florida Georgia Line kicked off the show by performing a mash-up of two of the year’s most massive hits: “My Kind of Night” and “Cruise.”  Later in the show, FGL returned to perform “Round Here,” while Luke sang “Drink a Beer,” his tribute to his late brother and sister Chris and Kelly.

Jason Aldean performed “Night Train” inside what looked like a boxcar.

Kacey Musgraves sang “Follow Your Arrow” and the words “roll up a joint” were censored by ABC.

Lady Antebellum sang “Compass”

Little Big Town performed “Sober,” showing off their beautiful harmonies

Keith Urban duetted with Miranda Lambert on the upbeat “We Were Us”

Taylor Swift sat down in a chair with Alison Krauss, Vince Gill, Sam Bush and other musicians to perform an acoustic version of her song “Red,” with Vince and Alison joining in on vocals.

Hunter Hayes and Jason Mraz teamed up for “Everybody’s Got Somebody But Me,” which they began singing backstage and then made their way to the front of the house.

Eric Church rocked the house with his song “The Outsiders,” in a performance that featured plenty of pyro and guitar solos.

The Band Perry sang “Don’t Let Me Be Lonely”

Tim McGraw performed “Southern Girl”

Blake Shelton sang “Mine Would Be You”

Lennon & Maisy Stella from ABC’S Nashville serenaded Taylor Swift with an adorable acoustic version of her hit “You Belong with Me” to lead into Taylor’s receiving the Pinnacle Award

Carrie Underwood did a medley of her hits “Good Girl,” “Blown Away,” “Two Black Cadillacs” and “See You Again”

George Strait and Alan Jackson duetted on “He Stopped Loving Her Today” as a tribute to the late George Jones

Zac Brown Band was joined by Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl on drums for the new song “Day for the Dead”

Brad Paisley sang “The Mona Lisa,” while wearing a t-shirt with a picture of that famous artwork on it

Jennifer Nettles, Darius Rucker and Rascal Flatts teamed up for a tribute to Country Music Hall of Famer Kenny Rogers.  Jennifer duetted with Kenny on “Islands in the Stream;” Darius sang  “The Gambler” and Rascal Flatts went psychedelic for “Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In),” Kenny’s psychedelic hit with his early band The First Edition

Darius Rucker closed out the night with “Wagon Wheel.”

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