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CMA Awards: Garth Brooks, Chris Stapleton, Lori McKenna talk country's star-studded night

CMA Awards: Garth Brooks, Chris Stapleton, Lori McKenna talk country's star-studded night

Legends and newcomers mingled onstage and backstage at Wednesday’s 50th CMA Awards at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. Many of country’s biggest stars made their way to the press room to share their thoughts.

Here are the highlights:

Garth Brooks: CMAs reviewer?

If you happened to miss the telecast, Brooks had you covered.

“I can tell you this: greatest opening in CMA history tonight and I’ve seen half of ’em,” said Brooks, clutching the entertainer of the year trophy, his first since 1998.  

The show began with a medley that featured more than a dozen established country...

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