But Miranda Lambert may have had the biggest surprise of the festival during her performance after being joined onstage by Avril Lavigne – yes, the early 2000s pop punk star – for two songs during her set on Friday night.
The unlikely duo first did a performance of Miranda’s 2005 hit “Kerosene.”
We expected Elle King for Miranda Lambert’s #CMAFest set, even figured Leon Bridges would show up (he did). Avril Lavigne singing “Kerosene” was a surprise. pic.twitter.com/9w6E0HJH5N
While the performance was quite the surprise to everybody at Nissan Stadium, maybe it shouldn’t have been: Miranda and Avril have spoken about their friendship in the past, and have even been spotted together before at Miranda’s Nashville bar, Casa Rosa.
So even though it’s obviously not country and I usually complain about pop stars taking over events that are supposed to be about country music…anybody who grew up in the early 2000s can’t help but rock out to “Sk8er Boi” whenever you hear it.