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10 Things You Didn’t See on the 2014 CMA Awards

Our in-house and backstage reporters share what you didn’t catch on TV, from lost underwear to competitor threats

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Kacey Musgraves backstage at the CMA Awards

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The show itself may have censors, but behind the scenes there are some loose lips at the CMA Awards. Take, for instance, Kacey Musgraves, who won Song of the Year but didn't hesitate to reveal to the press an embarrassing loss suffered just minutes later. Then there was Cole Swindell, who lost the New Artist trophy but dodged some bruises. And members of the press were not shy about their nominated favorites, nor were members of the audience shy about their dancing skills (or lack thereof). Here's what didn't make the prime-time broadcast.

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NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 05: Dierks Bentley performs during the 48th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 5, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images)

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Dierks Bentley Starts Drunk Sing-Along

Compared to the rather excellent, earnest Song of the Year contender "I Hold On," it's easy to write off Dierks Bentley's light-hearted Riser hit "Drunk on a Plane" as a tossed-off, albeit-fun, novelty tune. But whether the ubiquitous song— which nabbed a Single of the Year nod — is more infectious than it deserves to be, or just totally transcendent in it's alcohol-fueled, sorrow-drowning, mile-high revelry, country fans are all about it. When the singer performed it on a runway-fashioned stage an hour and 20 minutes into the show, "Drunk on a Plane" was the first song to inspire an audience-wide chorus sing-along across the arena.

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NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 05: Maddie Marlow and Tae Dye of Maddie & Tae attend the 48th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 5, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)

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Maddie & Tae Are the Popular Girls

Shouldn't it be a little awkward, maybe, when Maddie & Tae take the CMA red carpet for the first time next to the superstars they skewered in their bro-country satire, "Girl in a Country Song"? "No," Maddie Marlow told Rolling Stone Country as the duo headed into the show. "We're poking fun at the trend, not the artists." Added Taylor Dye, "a lot of them actually appreciate the humor. Most of them have said, 'We love this song! It's stuck in our heads.'"

Steven Tyler

NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 05: Steven Tyler attends the 48th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 5, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)

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Steven Tyler Steals the Red Carpet

Craig Campbell stopped mid-sentence during his red carpet chat with Rolling Stone Country to say, "I'm sorry, I just got distracted there…. Look who's beside you." Standing a foot away was rock god Steven Tyler, and his presence pretty much dumbfounded everyone in a hundred-yard radius. The Aerosmith singer, who presented on the show, was the prom king of the carpet, with reporters and artists alike wanting to give him a hearty Nashville welcome. The praise was two-sided. "Country has been following me around my whole life. The first album I ever had on a turntable was the Everly Brothers," he told us, giving equal props to contemporary country: "I think country is the new rock & roll."