CMA Awards 2014: 10 Things You Didn't See on TV

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Faith Hill, Tim McGraw and Tim Tebow at The 48th Annual CMA Awards airs live from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on November 5, 2014.

You saw the performances. You saw the fashions. You saw the winners. But unless you were on the red carpet or backstage at the CMA Awards on Wednesday night, there is so much you didn't see, such as these 10 items:

- New Artist of the Year winner Brett Eldredge was in obvious euphoria after winning his first CMA Award -- so much in fact that the memory is already somewhat blurry in his mind. "I don't remember what I said on stage," he said. "I don't think I will until I watch it on DVR. I hope I remembered to set it back home," he quipped, while thanking his team, who have kept his spirits up when the career highlights were not as many. "It's such an amazing feeling, and it's really cool to be able to share it with all of the people that take care of you along the way, and helped me through when I thought it was never going to happen. They have always had my back."

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- The amazing Ashley Monroe -- who performed with Blake Shelton on "Lonely Tonight" -- gave a few hints about her sophomore Warner Bros. disc. "My new album is going to be with Vince Gill and Justin Niebank producing again -- just like Like a Rose. It's probably going to come out early next year. We're putting the final touches on it right now," she says, adding that she wrote one of the tracks with Miranda Lambert.

- Kacey Musgraves found herself in the winners' circle for the second straight year, taking home Song of the Year for "Follow Your Arrow," alongside co-writers Shane McAnally and Brandy Clark. She says the lyrics of the song touched a chord with many fans. "For a song that I was told could never be a single, it just blows my mind and it gives me a lot of faith that people still love connecting with a message and spreading something when they love it. It's an anthem for all kinds of people, and I could not be more proud," she said. And someone in Bridgestone Arena might have taken home an unforgettable souvenir. "Right before I sang, my panties totally came off." the singer said. "They were the stuck-on kind, and then they weren't stuck on, and the curtain was about to come up. I had to rip them off and throw them to the side. They are somewhere around, so in case you see them, they're mine."

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- Casual fans of country music might not have been familiar with Irving Waugh -- the namesake of the trophy that Gill walked away with, but the singer took time to educate the media about the longtime CMA Awards producer during his post-show comments. "There wouldn't have been a CMA Awards on television if it weren't for Irving. He was such a great broadcaster at WSM and had a great vision."

-You might think, having won the prize for Vocal Group of the Year for the past two years, that Little Big Town had their speeches ready. Not so, says the group's Karen Fairchild. "We didn't expect it at all. I thought 'What did they just say?'" Fairchild was a little pre-occupied, as she was mesmerized by the dress of presenter Lucy Hale. The group has had their share of ups and downs, but according to Kimberly Schlapman, they have rolled with the punches. "There's been plenty of low points, but there has been some amazing highs. We've just been riding along, and as long as it will go, we'll stay on the horse and keep riding."

- Shelton was mindful of many of the men who preceded hm as Male Vocalist of the Year, and admitted to being awestruck -- as well as surprised by names who weren't on the list. "I was looking at the CMA Program, and saw all the past winners of the awards. I was looking through there, and I saw names like George Jones, Ronnie Milsap, Vince Gill, and George Strait. To be in that category with those two guys is beyond a dream come true. It was alarming to me to not see Dan Seals, Earl Thomas Conley, Conway Twitty or John Conlee not on the list."

- Shelton's wife and Female Vocalist winner Lambert spoke of one of her favorite predecessors in the category -- Reba McEntire -- one of two women (Martina McBride being the other) that she passed with the most wins in the category. "I don't even know what to say about that. Every time I'm around her, I try just to shut up and listen because I know I can learn from everything she says...I'm very thankful to have even gotten to know her a little bit."

- Entertainer of the Year winner Luke Bryan says he fully understands the magnitude of his win -- and he doesn't take it lightly. "I have sought for many years to get one of these in my hands. To get the respect of the CMA Board and its voters is a ginormous deal. I'm just humbled and so blessed that this is from the CMA, and I will never take any of this for granted. From the bottom of my heart, I go out on stage every night, singing, performing and entertaining like it's my last. It's certainly hard to describe."

- Just a few weeks removed from releasing their first album, The Swon Brothers may have coined a new phrase. They were joking around on the red carpet and told Billboard even if they didn't win anything, they thought about rushing the stage and pulling a "Swonye," kind of like a Kanye.

- It was a night of huge emotions for Dot's Maddie & Tae, who nearly swooned on the red carpet when Aerosmith's Steven Tyler waved at them. Tyler is in town to take part in CMA Country Christmas on Friday night at Bridgestone Arena. He told Billboard he's looking forward to performing with Brad Paisley on the annual Christmas show, which will air Dec. 1 on ABC.


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