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30 Best Things We Saw at CMA Music Fest 2015

From a superstar’s smoke machine mishap to a new sibling trio’s Beatles makeover, the most memorable moments from country’s massive party

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Carrie Underwood and Michael Hobby

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Almost 88,000 people — from all 50 states and 20 foreign countries — attended CMA Music Fest this year, soaking in the sounds of everyone from unsigned acts to platinum-selling superstars. It was four days full of sweat (and booze)-soaked musical ecstasy, as fans were treated to round-the-clock music and plenty of unexpected moments. (Luke Bryan's set goes up in smoke — literally! Little Big Town collaborate with eight-foot-tall clowns!) Here are the moments that made our CMA Music Fest experience one to remember.


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