Go Behind-the-Scenes of Michael W. Smith's Star-Studded Tribute Concert with His Photo Diary

Over 50 artists performed at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena on Tuesday for a once-in-a-lifetime, star-studded tribute event honoring Michael W. Smith, celebrating his 35-year career and his 35 No. 1 hits. Go behind-the-scenes of the three-hour tribute with a look at Smith's exclusive photo diary.

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Michael W. Smith
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Michael W. Smith kicked off the festivities by receiving his own caricature at The Palm restaurant.

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Bridgestone Arena
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The calm before the storm.

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Michael W. Smith
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Michael W. Smith did some interviews backstage before the big night started.

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Group Photo Michael W. Smith
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All 50+ artists gathered for a group photo before the show began.

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Kathie Lee Gifford Michael W. Smith
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New Nashville resident Kathie Lee Gifford kicked off the night by bringing Michael W. Smith and his wife to the stage.

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Jordin Sparks and Lauren Alaina
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Jordin Sparks and Lauren Alaina had an American Idol reunion before Sparks performed “All Is Well” with Jordan Smith.

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Rascal Flatts
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Rascal Flatts posed before putting their spin on “Pray for Me” during the event.

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Vince Gill
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Vince Gill signs a guitar for Smith’s charity Rocketown, a youth outreach facility in the heart of Downtown Nashville.

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CeCe Winans and Wynonna
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Legends CeCe Winans and Wynonna take a moment before honoring their friend Michael W. Smith with a show-stopping performance.

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Michael W. Smith, mother Barbara
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Michael W. Smith made sure his mom, Barbara, was front-and-center all night.

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Michael W. Smith
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The arena was captivated as all the artists of the night joined Michael W. Smith onstage to close out the show with "Friends."

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Michael W. Smith
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Michael W. Smith takes in the night one last time during his final bow.

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Michael W Smith, wife Deborah
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After the show, Michael W. Smith and his wife of 37 years, Deborah, get ready to leave Bridgestone Arena after a magical night.

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