Jason Aldean opened the show with a tribute to New York and New Jersey, whose residence are suffering in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Then he launched into "The Only Way I Know" with fellow Georgia buddies Eric Church and Luke Bryan.
Hosts Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood parodied "Moves Like Jagger" changing the words to "Moves Like Haggard." Later the two broke out in a dance "Gingham Style" -- a take off on the current pop hit "Gangham Style."
Brad, Carrie and Little Dickens joked about making history by delivering Jennifer Nettles almost-due baby live on TV.
Brad Paisley paid a touching acoustic tribute to his friend Andy Griffith, who passed away this year.
Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert won Song of the Year for "Over You" -- a song they wrote about Blake's brother, who died in a car accident several years ago. Miranda is visibly moved by the award, later saying it was her dream to write a Song of the Year. The Miranda and Blake picked up their third Female and Male Vocalist awards, respectively.
Miranda Lambert was all about girl-power when she accepted her Female Vocalist of the Year award and saluted her fellow nominees.
Willie Nelson sounded as good as ever singing "On the Road Again" at the end of his all-star tribute.