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PHOTOS: #CMTawards Behind the Scenes

Little Big Town Hosts the 2018 CMT Music Awards Live from Nashville on June 6 at 8 p.m. ET

You never know who you’ll run into backstage at the CMT Music Awards. Remember John Mayer’s random abs competition with Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino from The Jersey Shore? How about that awkward moment 2006 host Jeff Foxworthy had with Hank Williams Jr.? Thankfully, there’s plenty of photo evidence of all the best behind-the-scenes moments from the show.

Tickets to the 2018 event happening live on June 6 at 8 p.m. ET with host Little Big Town at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena are on sale through Ticketmaster. A limited number of Ultimate Insider VIP Experiences are available through CID.

Enjoy some of our favorite candid behind-the-scenes moments from the #CMTawards:

  1. 2004 #CMTawards

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    Kenny Chesney and Little Jimmy Dickens

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    Bret Michaels and Dickens
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    Carson Kressley and Sheryl Crow

  2. 2005 #CMTawards

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    Josh Turner and Blake Shelton get a moment with Loretta Lynn, who was presented the Johnny Cash Visionary Award.at the 2005 awards.

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    Keith Urban, Gretchen Wilson with Heart’s Ann Wilson and Nancy Wilson.

  3. 2006 #CMTawards

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    Jennifer Nettles crowd surfs during “Down in Mississippi (Up to No Good).”

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    Hank Williams Jr. photo-bombs Kid Rock, Wynonna Judd and actress Caroline Rhea.
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    Williams has another awkward moment with the 2006 host, Jeff Foxworthy.

  4. 2007 #CMTawards

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    We have no idea where Shelton got the pie for the 2007 awards.

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    Rosanne Cash and Kris Kristofferson chat backstage. Kristofferson was the recipient of the 2007 Johnny Cash Visionary award.

  5. 2008 #CMTawards

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    Snoop Dogg and LeAnn Rimes meet backstage.

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    Snoop Doog rubs elbows with Robert Plant and Alison Krauss.
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    Robert Plant, Alison Krauss, Faith Hill and Tim McGraw hang backstage.
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    Remember the CMT series Gone Country? Stars Diana DeGarmo and Sisqó work the red carpet.

  6. 2009 #CMTawards

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    Taylor Swift takes her brother Austin to the 2009 ceremony.

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    Def Leppard and Swift celebrate a knockout performance backstage at the 2009 show.

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    T-Pain and Swift
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    Dierks Bentley, Alan Jackson and Brad Paisley hug it out behind the scenes.

  7. 2010 #CMTawards

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    Including John Mayer and Paula Deen, it seems like everyone wanted to check out Jersey Shore’s Mike ’The Situation’ Sorrentino and the situation with his abs backstage at the 2010 awards.
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    Kid Rock, Uncle Kracker, Kellie Pickler and John Rich
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    Pickler and Crow
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    Richard Petty and McGraw
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    Jersey Shore’s Nicole ’Snooki’ Polizzi and actress Hayden Panettiere
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    Luke Bryan and Gloriana’s Tom Gossin and Mike Gossin bring a gator to the 2010 afterparty.
  8. 2011 #CMTawards

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    Crow and Justin Bieber

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    Bieber and Lauren Alaina
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    Ludacris and Jason Aldean

  9. 2012 #CMTawards

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    Grace Potter, Kenny Chesney and Miranda Lambert

  10. 2013 #CMTawards

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    Nelly and Darius Rucker
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    Dog Lee Chapman, Dax Shepard and Beth Chapman