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WHO'S A LUCKY DOG?
Kellie Pickler says hello to Rusty, the service dog of her date for the evening, U.S. Marine Sgt. Sean DeBevoise. Rusty's wearing a snazzy bow tie for the occasion.
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THEIR CUP RUNNETH OVER
Co-hosts Kristen Bell and Toby Keith take a dip in a big ol' red Solo cup as they kick off the CMT Music Awards.
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Lady Antebellum's Charles Kelley gives Hot Chelle Rae's Ryan Follese a boost while the two bands perform a mash-up of "Own the Night."
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The Pistol Annies – Miranda Lambert, Angaleena Presley and Ashley Monroe – take aim on the red carpet before the night's ceremony.
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BIRD OF PARADISE
A fine-feathered Kristen Bell makes one of five outfit changes backstage.
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Country icons Willie Nelson and Glen Campbell shoot the breeze before Nelson performs at the show.
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