Sometimes awards shows throw up some boring old symbols and lights behind their performers, but the CMAs thrilled us with a mix of words, symbols, images and lights. Carrie Underwood singing about cowboy casanovas? Cue images of the lurid streets at night. George Strait singing about gambling? Cue the flying slot machines! It's not always cool, but done right, it can be a lot of fun.
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