Nashville, Dallas and Hollywood collided at the 2015 ACM Awards, where country music's biggest stars mingled with Texas' biggest (literally) athletes and some sultry silver screen ladies. Rolling Stone Country was backstage to capture celebratory moments with the night's biggest winners, including Miranda Lambert and Luke Bryan, along with some killer onstage action by the likes of Garth Brooks and Keith Urban. Flip through our best musical and behind-the-scenes photos from the massive show in Arlington, Texas, that broke a Guinness world record for attendance.
Both Church and Urban were in particularly light spirits throughout the evening, joking backstage prior to their show-opening performance of their duet "Raise 'Em Up."
Between Lambert's three trips to the stage — she won a trio of awards and a special Milestone trophy — and Shelton's co-hosting obligations, the country power couple found time together backstage a rarity.
Luke plants a kiss on wife Caroline after winning the ACM's top prize, Entertainer of the Year.
Taylor Swift's mother Andrea, who recently revealed her cancer diagnosis, presented her daughter with a special Milestone Award in one of the evening's most poignant moments.
Miranda Lambert wrote and recorded the song "Two of a Crime" for Reese Witherspoon and Sofía Vergara's new comedy Hot Pursuit.
Current Nashville guest star Christina Aguilera took the stage with Rascal Flatts for a spirited duet on her song "Shotgun" and Flatts' "Riot."
Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood, who will celebrate their tenth wedding anniversary this year, pose backstage at the 50th annual ACM Awards.
ACM Milestone Award winner George Strait performed his classic "All My Ex's Live in Texas," followed by new single, "Let It Go."
For his performance of "Take Your Time," New Artist of the Year nominee Sam Hunt made his way to the stage through the crowd.
FGL's Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard, Vocal Duo of the Year winners, traded their usual casual sportscore for designer suits.
In a story that is quickly becoming country legend, New Artist of the Year winner Cole Swindell got his start selling T-shirts on the road for Luke Bryan, who won Entertainer of the Year.
Hunter Hayes, who performed "The Dance" with Garth Brooks and Keith Urban at the ACM Lifting Lives concert, attended the awards with date Libby Barnes.
Despite the ACMs' massive venue, Keith Urban found a way to make an up-close connection with fans.
Taylor Swift kept her dancing shoes on for most of the evening.
Garth Brooks had the most patriotic moment of the evening, performing "All-American Kid" in tribute to service men and women and to the victims of the 1995 Oklahoma City federal center bombing.
Brooks and Dunn made their first televised appearance together in five years at the 50th annual ACM Awards.
Keith Urban thanks several U.S. Military service members for their hard work to protect his adopted home country.
Taylor Swift's dates to the ACM Awards were mom Andrea (who also presented her Milestone Award) and dad Scott. The father-daughter duo sat beside fellow ACM winner Dierks Bentley and his wife, Cassidy for most of the evening.
Luke Bryan escorts his wife, Caroline, backstage after his big Entertainer of the Year win.