PHOTOS: CMT Music Awards Behind the Scenes
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.
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Enjoy some of our favorite candid behind-the-scenes moments from previous CMT Music Awards:
2004 CMT Music Awards
Kenny Chesney and Little Jimmy Dickens
Bret Michaels and Dickens
Carson Kressley and Sheryl Crow
2005 CMT Music Awards
Josh Turner and Blake Shelton get a moment with Loretta Lynn, who was presented the Johnny Cash Visionary Award.at the 2005 awards.
Keith Urban, Gretchen Wilson with Heart's Ann Wilson and Nancy Wilson.
2006 CMT Music Awards
Jennifer Nettles crowd surfs during "Down in Mississippi (Up to No Good)."
Hank Williams Jr. photo-bombs Kid Rock, Wynonna Judd and actress Caroline Rhea.
Williams has another awkward moment with the 2006 host, Jeff Foxworthy.
2007 CMT Music Awards
We have no idea where Shelton got the pie for the 2007 awards.
Rosanne Cash and Kris Kristofferson chat backstage. Kristofferson was the recipient of the 2007 Johnny Cash Visionary award.
2008 CMT Music Awards
Snoop Dogg and LeAnn Rimes meet backstage.
Snoop Doog rubs elbows with Robert Plant and Alison Krauss.
Robert Plant, Alison Krauss, Faith Hill and Tim McGraw hang backstage.
Remember the CMT series Gone Country? Stars Diana DeGarmo and Sisqó work the red carpet.
2009 CMT Music Awards
Taylor Swift takes her brother Austin to the 2009 ceremony.
Def Leppard and Swift celebrate a knockout performance backstage at the 2009 show.
T-Pain and Swift
Dierks Bentley, Alan Jackson and Brad Paisley hug it out behind the scenes.
2010 CMT Music Awards
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.
Kid Rock, Uncle Kracker, Kellie Pickler and John Rich
Pickler and Crow
Richard Petty and McGraw
Jersey Shore's Nicole 'Snooki' Polizzi and actress Hayden Panettiere
Luke Bryan and Gloriana's Tom Gossin and Mike Gossin bring a gator to the 2010 afterparty.
2011 CMT Music Awards
Crow and Justin Bieber
Bieber and Lauren Alaina
Ludacris and Jason Aldean
2012 CMT Music Awards
Grace Potter, Kenny Chesney and Miranda Lambert
2013 CMT Music Awards
Nelly and Darius Rucker
Dog Lee Chapman, Dax Shepard and Beth Chapman
2014 CMT Music Awards
2015 CMT Music Awards
2016 CMT Music Awards
2017 CMT Music Awards
2018 CMT Music Awards