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Scotty McCreery - 2016 CMA Awards
Country music star and "American Idol" champion Scotty McCreery attends a red-carpet event for the CMA Awards in Nashville, Tenn., on Nov. 2, 2016. (Photo credit: Circa.)

We asked country stars to pick their top CMA Awards moments (and dish on red-carpet texts)


We asked country stars to pick their top CMA Awards moments (and dish on red-carpet texts)

WATCH  | While chatting with Circa on the red carpet of the 50th Country Music Association Awards ceremony in Nashville, industry icons and next-generation influencers revealed their all-time favorite CMAs moments (as well as their last-minute text messages).

WATCH  | For rising country stars Electra Mustaine and Barrett Baber, their memorable CMAs moment of choice happened just last year, when Justin Timberlake and Chris Stapleton's "Tennessee Whiskey" wound up "blowing everyone's mind," according to Mustaine.

Electra's dad, Megadeth front man Dave Mustaine, had some fun with his answer.

He said he's enjoyed watching guys "in withdrawal because they can't chew" tobacco at the CMAs.

Pam Tillis – CMA Female Vocalist Of The Year

WATCH  | Other answers were a bit more heartwarming, perhaps by default. Pam Tillis grinned as she recalled how her dad, Mel Tillis, won the coveted CMA Award for the Entertainer of the Year in 1976, the first time she attended the event. She added, "Winning [a CMA Award], myself, was pretty dang cool."

Charley Pride "Kiss an Angel Good Morning"

WATCH  | Country Music Hall of Fame inductee Charley Pride told Circa that his happiest CMA Awards moments included winning Entertainer of the Year in 1971, and claiming Top Male Vocalist honors in consecutive years.

WATCH  | "American Idol" champ Scotty McCreery picked a 1999 moment when Alan Jackson performed a song by the late George Jones, who'd reportedly been asked to shorten his song for a previous CMA Awards ceremony. "It was a cool moment," McCreery said, "just paying respect to George."

And Ty Herndon claimed his top CMA moment was when he'd stepped "on Reba McEntire's dress."

Circa also asked artists about the last text message they sent or received before the show.

WATCH  | Meghan Linsey, who broke through last year on NBC's "The Voice," admitted, "My hairdresser told me to stop touching my hair."

Meanwhile, Herndon revealed he'd texted his mom, noting, "I told her Ioved her."

And what do country stars listen to on the way to the show? Just ask them.

  • Chase Bryant: The Chainsmokers' "Closer"
  • Meghan Linsey: Katy Perry's "Rise"
  • Paulette Carlson: Lacy J. Dalton's "16th Avenue"
  • Ty Herndon:  Bonnie Raitt's "I Can't Make You Love Me"

Gretchen Wilson, however, had trouble recalling the song she'd heard on a SiriusXM channel that plays '40s music. She concluded with a laugh, "I can't remember. It's that old. Or I'm that old."

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