People.com Celebrity What Happened When We Gave Brett Eldredge a Camera at the CMAs The new artist winner doesn't just sing – he takes pretty sweet selfies, too! By Kate Hogan Kate Hogan Instagram Twitter Kate Hogan is Director of Digital Specials and Features at PEOPLE. In her 14 years at the brand, she has covered everything from pets and babies to style and Sexiest Man Alive, interviewing celebrities including Céline Dion, Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Hudson and Chris Evans. Currently, she oversees the creation of photo galleries that complement breaking news and major PEOPLE moments like The Beautiful Issue and 100 Reasons to Love America. She has offered expert celebrity commentary on Good Morning America and Access Hollywood. Before joining PEOPLE in 2008, Kate was an editorial assistant at Morris Visitor Publications. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a Bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication and resides outside of Chicago with her husband and three kids. People Editorial Guidelines Published on November 7, 2014 10:40 AM Share Tweet Pin Email 01 of 10 QUICK FIX Courtesy Brett Eldredge It's a big night for Brett Eldredge: The CMA Awards in Nashville! But before the nominee hits the red carpet, he gets a quick wardrobe adjustment (gotta look good for the cameras, right?). 02 of 10 PHOTO FINISH Courtesy Brett Eldredge And there he is! The new artist nominee faces a swarm of photographers outside the Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday. 03 of 10 MAKEUP YOUR MIND Courtesy Brett Eldredge It's touch-up time as the singer gets a little puff of powder from a helpful makeup artist before returning to the spotlight (he even made a stop in the PEOPLE photo booth!). 04 of 10 MIC CHECK Courtesy Brett Eldredge Liz Hernandez of Access Hollywood asks Eldredge the tough questions (you know, things like, "Who are you wearing?") before he heads into the arena. 05 of 10 BUT FIRST … Courtesy Brett Eldredge Let the man take a selfie … 06 of 10 FAST FRIENDS Courtesy Brett Eldredge … And make some new friends. Eldredge pauses for a photo op with fellow presenter Tim Tebow. 07 of 10 PICTURE PERFECT Courtesy Brett Eldredge One more selfie, this time with Ellen swag and a Miller Lite can in hand. 08 of 10 WINNER'S CIRCLE Courtesy Brett Eldredge Congrats, Brett! Eldredge (a PEOPLE Ones to Watch) triumphantly heads backstage after winning the CMA new artist award during the show. 09 of 10 TROPHY LIFE Courtesy Brett Eldredge The giddy guy hoists his trophy for photographers in the press room to see. "Best night of my life!" he posted to Instagram. "Thank you all for believing in me, it means so so much." 10 of 10 SWEET SOUVENIR Courtesy Brett Eldredge The envelope, please! Eldredge holds onto a cool keepsake from the night: his winning envelope.