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A few days before the ACM Awards, three-time vocal group of the year winners Lady Antebellum – Charles Kelley, Dave Haywood and Hillary Scott – connect with pals from their favorite radio stations. "They set up sort of like speed dating and we get to catch up with all our radio friends for a couple hours," Scott tells PEOPLE.
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Instant bond! Scott's daughter Eisele gets a one-on-one with the legendary Stevie Nicks. "I was pregnant with Eisele when we first met Stevie for CMT Crossroads. Stevie has been like a fairy godmother ever since and Eisele clearly adores her," Scott says.
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Practice makes perfect for a Nicks-Antebellum duet, as the singers smooth things out the weekend before the ACMs. "We spent some time rehearsing how we'd make 'Golden' transition into 'Rhiannon' before our onstage rehearsals," Scott explains.
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It's beautiful music in the making! "Dave and Stevie working through harmonies backstage before show rehearsals," Scott recalls of the intimate moment.
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They're not playing – they're practicing! "Charles and Dave backstage before rehearsals tweaking arrangements," Scott says of her bandmates.
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She's a "Golden" girl! "Show day! Last looks before hitting the red carpet. Loved my Stella McCartney dress," Scott shares of her black-and-white awards show look.
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On the ACMs red carpet, Scott gets the party started by stopping for a photo op with an excited fan. "I love that fans are the first to greet us when we arrive at the awards. They help get the night kicked off right," she says.
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WALK THIS WAY
It's another checkmark on the Lady Antebellum bucket list. "Never would have guessed we'd walk a red carpet with Stevie Nicks … it was surreal," Scott tells PEOPLE.
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'WHEELS' ARE TURNING
It's time for more meetings, this one with Darius Rucker, who chatted up the group before they all took to the ACMs stage to perform his hit "Wagon Wheel."
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ALL TOGETHER NOW
No need to be nervous: before Sunday's awards kick off in Las Vegas, Nicks's guitarist Waddy Wachtel hangs out backstage with Haywood.
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Pinch them, they're dreaming! "It is still hard to comprehend that we have shared the stage with Stevie Nicks," Scott reiterates of the collaboration.
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"We're trying to talk her into becoming the fourth member of Lady A!" Scott jokes of Nicks as the singers celebrate their "Landslide" moment backstage.