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After the winners and performers finished their acceptance speeches and caught their breath, they went backstage and spoke to the press about the experience.
Dan Tyminski of the Soggy Bottom boys was so surprised when he heard that the group won the award for Single of the Year, he said, "I thought they were mispronouncing someone else's name."
Garth Brooks, commenting on his duet with George Jones, was very pleased with the way it went off. "It was like sex -- it was over before you knew it," said Brooks. "It was cool, I was very scared. The two standing ovations he got really made me feel good. If somebody in this building really deserved one or two of those -- it's him."
Keith urban, at a loss for words, tried to explain the way he was feeling. "This is beyond anything I can explain," he said. "I've been watching the CMAs ever since I was a kid in Australia. To be on the other side of the camera is as amazing as you imagine it is."
Lee Ann Womack, winner of the Female Vocalist of the Year award, was as emotional backstage as she was during her unprepared acceptance speech. "I'm not the best at giving speeches," she explained. "I refuse to write them ahead of time because I feel like people want to know what's going through your mind or what's in your heart. I did the best I could."
The first CMA award for Lonestar was a special one for member Dean Sams, who said, "In the wake of everything that's gone on in the world since September 11th, I think it means even more because we've always said it's about the music. It's about touching people in a positive way. I think this award just validates our music and what we try to do with it... That's really what it's all about for us -- that we can make a difference with the music and help people."
Congratulations to all the winners of last night's CMA awards!