Tim McGraw, from left, Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood and Faith Hill speak at the 51st annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo)
The 2017 Country Music Association Awards marked one of its most political and emotional shows in years, as the night offered powerful moments focused on unifying as a country during a year dominated by gun violence, divisive politics and natural disasters.
Carrie Underwood broke down while singing during Wednesday night's "In Memoriam" after photos of the 58 people who died at a country music festival last month in Las Vegas were shown.
Little Big Town's Kimberly Schlapman quoted Maya Angelou when the foursome won vocal group of the year at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee, while bandmate Karen Fairchild told the audience, "Kindness is an attractive quality."
"Tonight should be about harmony, about what we can do together to change things," Fairchild said.
That sentiment was present throughout the three-hour show, which aired on ABC.