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ACM Awards 2015: Rolling Stone Country’s Best Backstage & Onstage Photos

We captured everyone from Garth Brooks and Keith Urban to Sofia Vergara and Steven Tyler behind the scenes at the big show

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Garth Brooks and Steven Tyler hang backstage at the 2015 ACM Awards.

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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.

Eric Church and Keith Urban

Eric Church and Keith Urban

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Eric Church and Keith Urban

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."

Miranda Lambert Blake Shelton

Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton

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Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton

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.

Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift

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Taylor Swift

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.  

Sofia Vergara, Miranda Lambert and Reese Witherspoon

Sofia Vergara, Miranda Lambert and Reese Witherspoon

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Sofia Vergara, Miranda Lambert and Reese Witherspoon

Miranda Lambert wrote and recorded the song "Two of a Crime" for Reese Witherspoon and Sofía Vergara's new comedy Hot Pursuit.

Christina Aguilera

Christina Aguilera

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Christina Aguilera

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

Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood

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Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood

Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood, who will celebrate their tenth wedding anniversary this year, pose backstage at the 50th annual ACM Awards.

George Strait

George Strait

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George Strait

ACM Milestone Award winner George Strait performed his classic "All My Ex's Live in Texas," followed by new single, "Let It Go."

Sam Hunt

Sam Hunt

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Sam Hunt

For his performance of "Take Your Time," New Artist of the Year nominee Sam Hunt made his way to the stage through the crowd.

Florida Georgia Line

Florida Georgia Line

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Florida Georgia Line

FGL's Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard, Vocal Duo of the Year winners, traded their usual casual sportscore for designer suits. 

Luke Bryan and Cole Swindell

Luke Bryan and Cole Swindell

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Luke Bryan and Cole Swindell

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 and date Libby Barnes

Hunter Hayes and date Libby Barnes

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Hunter Hayes and Libby Barnes

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.

Garth Brooks

Garth Brooks

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Garth Brooks

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

Brooks and Dunn

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Brooks and Dunn

Brooks and Dunn made their first televised appearance together in five years at the 50th annual ACM Awards.

Keith Urban with members of the military

Keith Urban with members of the military

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Keith Urban and Military Service Members

Keith Urban thanks several U.S. Military service members for their hard work to protect his adopted home country.

Taylor Swift, Scott Swift, Dierks and Cassady Bentley

Taylor Swift, Scott Swift, Dierks and Cassady Bentley

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Taylor Swift, Scott Swift, Dierks and Cassidy Bentley

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.