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Faith Hill Was Joking, Fans Say

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Country music fans apparently got Faith Hill's joke.

Nearly 25,800, or 65 percent, of respondents to a new online poll by Country Weekly magazine said Hill was just joking when cameras showed her screaming "WHAT?" in apparent anger when she lost the female vocalist of the year award to newcomer Carrie Underwood at the Country Music Association Awards ceremony last week.

Her reaction was caught on camera and caused an uproar, with Hill releasing a statement afterward saying it was all a joke. She also called Underwood — who is from Checotah, Okla. — to clear up any misunderstanding.

"The idea that I would act disrespectful towards a fellow musician is unimaginable to me," Hill said in her statement. "For this to become a focus of attention given the talent gathered is utterly ridiculous. Carrie is a talented and deserving female vocalist of the year."

The poll, which was conducted on the magazine's Web site from Wednesday through Sunday, drew 39,553 total responses to the question "What do you think of Faith Hill's reaction to Carrie Underwood's CMA victory?"

Nearly 13,000, or about 33 percent, said Hill was disrespectful, while a scant 842 (2 percent) said the incident was a big deal about nothing.

Country Weekly Editor in Chief Bill Gubbins said fans were very interested in the issue and were still trying to respond after the poll closed.

"Country music fans are very passionate about their stars and always like to participate in things going on in Nashville," he said.