The 2014 Country Music Association Awards were definitely mourning the loss of mainstay Taylor Swift to the pure pop sphere, but not without some fun -- and, still, with a lot of pop mixed in with its roots-based music.

Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley, once again, hosted the annual performance-oriented awards show, out of Nashville and broadcast on ABC.

Below, I flip through some of the highlights and lowlights of the show, from Kacey Musgraves' defining win, to Little Big Town's multiple performances, from Brad Paisley's Cheezball carrier and character, to Vince Gill and Garth Brooks tipping their hats. We're still trying to make sense of that Kenny Chesney set.

Which were some of your favorite performances from the show?

Here are all the winners of the 2014 CMA Awards; here is Carrie Underwood's performance and new music video of "Something in the Water"; and here is Loretta Lynn taking the stage with Kacey Musgraves.

After five years as a columnist and editor at Billboard, Katie Hasty joined HitFix in 2009 for music and film reporting out of New York. The Midwest native has worked as a writer, music promoter and in A&R since 1999 and performs with her band Numbers And Letters.