25 Best Things We Saw at CMA Music Fest 2016

From Eric Church's show of artistic rebellion to Maren Morris's bohemian spirit

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Best Fan Connection: Lauren Alaina
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Best Fan Connection: Lauren Alaina

On the new Radio Disney Country Stage, Lauren Alaina seemed right at home early Thursday morning. Standing just a few feet from about 100 admirers, she connected with her audience with an intimacy that isn’t always possible in larger venues. Exuding confidence, she urged young women to embrace their uniqueness on "My Kind of People" and her upcoming single, "Road Less Traveled." The guys joined in her party too, when Alaina picked a male fan to join her on "Next Boyfriend." As he started dancing in sync with her and then joined her guitarist to sing harmony, Alaina doubled over laughing. "He knows the backup parts!" she exclaimed with delighted disbelief.

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