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Thanks to the MGM Grand's special room keys, it was possible to (sort of) go home with Carrie Underwood or Luke Bryan or all three of the Pistol Annies during ACM weekend!
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IN THE JEANS
You know Nashville's taken over Vegas when you see a cowboy in a casino – before 10 a.m.
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During ACM rehearsals, the stars got a sneak peek at who they'd be rubbing rhinestone-covered elbows with, thanks to the larger-than-life seating charts.
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Eli Young Band took center stage at Party for a Cause, an outdoor festival benefiting Outnumber Hunger.
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A mischievous Lee Brice kept one hand on his red Solo cup – and the other on Dierks Bentley's guitars – as he pretended to steal one backstage at Party for a Cause.
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Jason Aldean took a break from ACM rehearsals to chat up reporters on-hand to cover the day.
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Now here are the real hardest workin' performers in country – the guitars! The instruments lined up backstage in advance of the big show.
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Keeping his country roots in a plaid tuxedo, Jake Owen stopped for a chat with PEOPLE TV as he and wife Lacey Buchanan made their way into the ACM Awards.
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