NASHVILLE - A Sauk Rapids native had a front row spot at Wednesday night's 50th CMA Awards at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. Aaron Clafton was in the pit, standing right next to the stage.

He got his ticket thanks to fellow Sauk Rapids native Carrie Lelwica who works for a company responsible for finding audience members.

Clafton says they were brought into the pit at about 6:40 p.m., and then they were arranged in a specific position.

So we didn't look like a church choir is what they said, because all the guys were in the back because we were taller than most of the girls (not me though, I'm kind of short). So they rearranged us, and then said make sure you're clapping and look like you're having a good time, sing along - but don't sing along - just mouth the words. All-in-all it was a pretty good time.

Clafton says they had to stand for the entire show, they could not leave to go to the bathroom, they couldn't eat or drink anything, and they had their cellphones taken from them.

Clafton says the whole night was incredible, but his favorite performance might surprise you.

I know I'm going to get some heat about saying Beyonce was probably my favorite part, but she is such a performer.

Clafton has been in Nashville since March trying to make it as a country music singer and/or songwriter.  His highlight so far is performing at the famed Bluebird Cafe.

Photo courtesy of Aaron Clafton