Portions of the Academy of Country Music Awards telecast were broadcast from the Orleans Arena, about a mile from the MGM Grand where the main event was held. Here are a few of the highlights of the night -- back stage and on.
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TOO HOT FOR TV: Florida Georgia Line was the only act to perform a non-televised song, following their onscreen performance with a rendition of "Get Your Shine On" for the Orleans crowd.
BREAKING NEWS: CBS News' Bob Schieffer, a friend of Paisley's, was hanging out backstage and ran into "American Idol" champ Scotty McCreery, who had been discussing college baseball with members of the crew. Schieffer asked McCreery about college and the young singer says he has two days of classes a week and spends the rest of the time touring. Schieffer had it a little different in his day: While in college he worked nights at a local radio station -- for $1 an hour.
MUDDY MIX: The TV sound mix that wreaked havoc with Brad Paisley on his duets with Hunter Hayes and then John Mayer was not an issue in the house. Paisley and Hayes had a fiery duel prior to Dirks Bentley joining their jam; Mayer and Paisley were striking several soulful moments in their summer-oriented groove.
LL LOVES COOL B: The side of the stage was one of the few areas where managers and publicists could gather to watch monitors capturing their artists perform onstage. The most intriguing viewer? LL Cool J catching Blake Shelton's acoustic performance from the MGM Grand.
TALK SHOW TIMEOUTS: GAC television host and Sirius XM DJ Storme Warren interviewed new singers with new albums coming out during the show's commercial breaks. Among the up-and-comers Warren touted were Thomas Rhett, Kristen Kelly and Angie Johnson.