In what might seem like an unlikely pairing, country mega stars Little Big Town joined forces with pop sensation Ariana Grande for a stellar performance at the 2014 CMA Awards.

Little Big Town began the medley with their song ‘Day Drinking,’ which in itself was a show stopper. Beginning with an attention-grabbing two-tier drum line on risers behind the band, all illuminated with glowing red piping on their outfits, the set was full of color.

Each Little Big Town member wore matching futuristic ensembles which even changed color halfway through the performance. The band showed off their perfectly-executed harmonies (and whistling skills) before the song wrapped and a new face entered the scene.

Grande posed center stage with similarly-space-inspired outfit, though hers was silver alight with purple. She belted the first line of her verse in ‘Bang Bang,’ her current single and collaboration with fellow pop stars Jessie J and Nicki Minaj, and was off to the races. Little Big Town provided the backing vocals while Grande continued to do her thing, notably killing the money note on the last chorus. All five vocalists blended well together, making what may have at first appeared to be a strange duet choice into one of the most memorable of the night.

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