The 2018 CMT Music Awards saw some of country music’s newest and biggest stars taking home awards Wednesday night (June 6), along with unforgettable performances from the likes of Sam Hunt, Carly Pearce, and even the Backstreet Boys.
The winners and performances were great, but it was the happy and friendly vibes that made the 2018 CMT Awards a night to remember. While the good moods were apparent on camera, they were almost even more prevalent behind the scenes.
Take a look at 34 things you didn’t see on TV from this year’s CMT Music Awards below.
5:16 p.m. CT Craig Campbell, Jackie Lee and Granger Smith all hug on the grey carpet as things get rolling.
5:21 p.m. Hoda Kotb takes a quick break from interviews to give a big hug to Mason Ramsey, who’s sporting an embellished white blazer with “Mason” across the back.
6:13 p.m. The Backstreet Boys and Darius Rucker sneak in more than a quick hello with hugs and a chat about their performances happening later in the night.
7:05 p.m. Sam Hunt and his wife Hannah hold hands as Little Big Town perform their new single, “Summer Fever.”
— CMT (@CMT) June 7, 2018
7:14 p.m. BSB and FGL do the “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)” dance together when they come up on the nominees list for the performance of the year award.
7:21 p.m. Carrie Underwood sings and dances to Reba McEntire’s “Why Haven’t I Heard From You” during the first commercial break, blowing a kiss to fans before the show returns.
7:23 p.m. Raelynn serves as a seat filler for BSB while they’re backstage ahead of their performance, chatting with the wives of the Florida Georgia Line guys.
7:25 p.m. Luke Combs applauds his video for “When It Rains It Pours” making it to the top 5 of video of the year.
7:33 p.m. Lauren Alaina and Kane Brown high five after sitting down in their seats upon winning their award for collaborative video of the year.
7:37 p.m. Cassadee Pope and Shay Mooney catch up, and the guys of LANCO high five Mooney as they go back to their seats.
7:49 p.m. Karen Fairchild waves to fans and Jimi Westbrook and Philip Sweet share a big hug with Darius Rucker while the band sets up for their next host move.
7:51 p.m. The Midland guys show off their glitzy suits to the guys of Little Big Town.
— Midland (@MidlandOfficial) June 7, 2018
7:54 p.m. Joel McHale takes a free drink from a “waiter” from Little Big Town’s “bar” Tiny Huge Bar.
7:55 p.m. Dierks Bentley’s daughter Jordan excitedly claps for her dad as he takes the stage with Brothers Osborne and adorably waves to him as he makes his way down the runway near her.
8:02 p.m. Fans freak out as FGL take their places in the center of the floor for “Simple,” Brian Kelley gives knuckles to one fan before they begin.
8:08 p.m. BSB’s Brian Littrell and Kevin Richardson dance to Bruno Mars’ “Finesse (Remix)” with Littrell enthusiastically singing along before the two lean down to say hi to fans.
8:12 p.m. Tim McGraw’s “I Like It I Love It” sparks the biggest sing-along from the crowd during a commercial break.
8:13 p.m. Though Brothers Osborne is nominated for duo video of the year themselves, John Osborne pumps his fist when Dan + Shay‘s “Tequila” video is announced as a nominee.
8:20 p.m. Carrie Underwood does a little shimmy once cameras go off after her impressive performance of “Cry Pretty.”
— billboard (@billboard) June 7, 2018
8:26 p.m. Luke Bryan gets some excited cheers and waves to fans while heading back to his seat in a suit — less than 30 minutes after performing in a flannel shirt. Blake Shelton does the same thing, but with a red Solo cup in hand, naturally.
8:32 p.m. Those inside Bridgestone Arena can hear Sam Hunt’s fireworks finish after his performance of “Downtown’s Dead” does.
8:37 p.m. Kelsea Ballerini dances and sings along to Devin Dawson‘s “All On Me” with Dan Smyers’ wife Abby as he performs on the Ram Trucks Side Stage.
8:49 p.m. As Blake Shelton stands up and applauds Little Big Town for winning group video of the year, he gets confused by camera men around him, throwing up his hands as if to say “Where the heck are they?”
8:56 p.m. Amid dancing to Kenny Chesney’s “She Thinks My Tractor’s Sexy,” Carrie Underwood takes a selfie with a young fan who’s standing on the floor.
9:01 p.m. AJ McLean plays air guitar along with Chris Stapleton’s performance as Backstreet Boys set up for theirs.
— billboard (@billboard) June 7, 2018
9:10 p.m. Kelsea Ballerini and Carrie Underwood hug after Underwood snaps more pictures with fans, with Kelsea throwing a quick wave to Underwood’s husband Mike Fisher before returning to her seat.
9:16 p.m. Kelly Clarkson shakes her shoulders to Bobby Bones as he presents her debut performance of “American Woman.”
9:23 p.m. Dan + Shay sit on Blake Shelton’s lap for a hilariously awesome picture.
9:24 p.m. Moments later, Shania Twain’s “Man, I Feel Like a Woman” comes on, and Lauren Alaina shoots out of her seat to dance to the classic.
9:33 p.m. Luke Bryan and Darius Rucker continue dancing after their night-closing performance with Jason Aldean and Charles Kelley, with all four joining in one final embrace — capping off the night with the kind of love that was in the room from start to finish.