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In pictures: Country Music Awards

Taylor Swift

Singer Taylor Swift opened this year's Country Music Awards which was held at the Sommet Center in Nashville, Tennessee.

Taylor Swift and Def Leppard

The 19-year-old, who picked up two awards, also performed with rock band Def Leppard.

Kellie Pickler, Kid Rock and Sheryl Crow

Kellie Pickler, Kid Rock and Sheryl Crow struggled to keep straight faces for the cameras backstage.

T-Pain

Rapper T-Pain out shone all the other celebrities on the red carpet with his immense chain round his neck.

Charles Kelley, Hillary Scott and Dave Haywood of Lady Antebellum

Charles Kelley, singer Hillary Scott and musician Dave Haywood of Lady Antebellum took to the stage and performed together.

Dierks Bentley

The crowd enjoyed Dierks Bentley's performance too.

Martina McBride

Martina McBride, who was once dubbed the Celine Dion of country music, took time out to meet with fans outside the venue.

Keith Urban

Keith Urban accepted the prize for collaborative video with Braid Paisley for Start a Band.

Brad Paisley

Paisley also won the award for best male video for Waitin' On A Woman.

Jennifer Nettles, Fred Snider, Kate Pierson, Kristian Bush, Cindy Wilson and Keith Strickland

Jennifer Nettles (L) and Kristian Bush (C) of Sugarland, performed with Fred Snider, Kate Pierson, Cindy Wilson and Keith Strickland of the B-52's.



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