After months of build-up, excitement and anticipation, the 2016 CMA Awards have officially come and gone -- but the big moments will be talked about for plenty of time to come.

This year's CMA festivities were among some of the best in recent memory. In honor of the Awards’ 50th anniversary, country’s heaviest hitters were out in full force, and major wins, heartwarming moments and a surprise performance from one of the biggest stars on the planet all came together to create a truly epic night for country music.

There was a lot to love about the 2016 CMA Awards show, from Beyonce’s "surprise" appearance with the Dixie Chicks to a star-studded Dolly Parton. Flip through the photo gallery above as The Boot recaps 10 of the biggest and best moments of this year's CMAs.

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