Viewers unimpressed by the lack of country music at the CMT Awards

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Stars Take The Stage For The 2016 CMT Awards

While there were tons of stars, glitz, and glamour at the CMT Music Awards last night, fans were left scratching their heads over the lack of the one thing they anticipated most from the show -- country music.

Fans began to notice something was off when the show opened with a performance by Billy Ray Cyrus and Cheap Trick for the punk anthem, "Surrender."

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It only got progressively more genre-bending from there, despite each act having some country music representation.

Rapper Pitbull later took the stage with help from pop singer Leona Lewis and Cassadee Pope for the spirited number, "Messin' Around."

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WORST: We're all for flashing some skin, but Jessie James Decker looked like she slipped a tablecloth over a one-piece bathing suit in this poorly-executed interpretation of the sheer trend. 

(Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for CMT)

BEST: Kelsea Ballerini flashed her undies in a sheer black lace skirt over a patterned tank top. Long, beachy waves and flawless makeup completed her sexy, edgy look.

 (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)

WORST: Jamie Lynn Spears looked ready for a trip to the beach in a way-too-casual green jersey romper and simple, tousled waves. 

 (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for CMT)

BEST: Singer Brooke Eden turned heads in a pink beaded minidress with a groovy print. We love the '60s-inspired bell sleeves! A tousled updo and sexy nude lace-up sandals completed her knockout look.

(Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for CMT)

WORST: Natalie Stovall donned a cheap-looking ruched oxblood minidress. Her caged black sandals and teased updo added to the tacky look.

 (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for CMT)

BEST: Erin Andrews totally dazzled in a simple silver gown that perfectly draped over her fit physique. Shiny curls and red lips completed her knockout look

(Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for CMT)

WORST: WWE Superstar Lana donned a tacky satin-like champagne gown with cheap-loking ruching.

(Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for CMT)

BEST: Carrie Underwood looked breathtaking in a blue floral printed Mikael D. gown with an intricate, twisted bodice and a thigh-high slit that exposed her toned legs and Jimmy Choo sandals. Understated cutouts on the bodice flashed some skin. A short bob, Maxior earrings and pink lipstick completed her gorgeous look styled by Marina Toybina.

(Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)

WORST: Nicole Kidman rocked a bizarre plunging black sequined minidress with a fringed skirt. A black necktie cluttered the look and mismatched green earrings looked out of place.

(Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)

BEST: Danielle Bradbery stunned in wide-legged white pants and a wrap-around white crop top. Red lips and minimal accessories completed her simple look.

(Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for CMT)

WORST: Olivia Lane rocked a superhero-esqued skintight jumpsuit with a dramatic cape detail. She accessorized with a statement belt and statement necklace.

(Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for CMT)

BEST: Ally Brooke, Normani Kordei, Dinah Jane, Camila Cabello, and Lauren Jauregui of Fifth Harmony looked totally angelic in coordinated white looks. You gotta work!

(Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for CMT)

WORST: Bonner Bolton definitely stood out from the crowd -- in a bad way -- in a shimmery purple vest.

(Photo by Sara Kauss/FilmMagic)

BEST: Sam Hunt looked incredible in skinny black slacks, sharp shoes and a funky, black-and-white short-sleeved buttondown. A groomed coif completed his suave look.

 (Photo by John Shearer/WireImage)

WORST: Leona Lewis looked frumpy in an ill-fitting red cold-shoulder dress with ruffled sleeves.

(Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for CMT)

BEST: Lauren Alaina looked lovely in a Grecian off-the-shoulder gown in a gorgeous raspberry hue.

 (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for CMT)

WORST: Billy Ray Cyrus rocked gray jeans, a leather jacket and his signature mullet.

(Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)

BEST: Dierks Bentley looked authentic and kept it casual in gray jeans, a black denim jacket and trucker hat.

(Photo by Sanford Myers/Invision/AP)

WORST: Singer-songwriter Alyssa Micaela rocked a boho floral romper romper with a dramatic cape-esque skirt. A fringe clutch and strappy heels were a bit much.

(Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for CMT)

BEST: Cassadee Pope was totally breathtaking in a gorgeous sheer gown with in a blue floral print.

 (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)

WORST: Brittany Kerr's Elvis-inspired brocade jumpsuit didn't do her any favors.

(Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for CMT)

BEST: Race car driver Danica Patrick stunned in a plunging black dress with a ruffled skirt and lace-up bust.

(Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for CMT)

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Another seemingly random addition to the mix was R&B maestro Pharrell, who teamed up with Little Big Town for the duet, "One Dance."

While there were country performances from the likes of Carrie Underwood, Jason Aldean, and Florida Georgia Line, viewers were quick to take to social media to complain about the confusing ration of pop music to country.

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NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 08: Carrie Underwood attends the 2016 CMT Music awards at the Bridgestone Arena on June 8, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by John Shearer/WireImage)
NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 08: Carrie Underwood attends the 2016 CMT Music awards at the Bridgestone Arena on June 8, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Sara Kauss/FilmMagic)
NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 08: Singer-songwriter Carrie Underwood performs onstage during the 2016 CMT Music awards at the Bridgestone Arena on June 8, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for CMT)
NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 08: Singer-songwriter Carrie Underwood performs onstage during the 2016 CMT Music awards at the Bridgestone Arena on June 8, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for CMT)
NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 08: Carrie Underwood attends the 2016 CMT Music awards at the Bridgestone Arena on June 8, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images for CMT)
NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 08: Singer-songwriter Carrie Underwood accepts an award onstage during the 2016 CMT Music awards at the Bridgestone Arena on June 8, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for CMT)
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