May 18, 2015 12:00 PM

COUNTRY SPECIAL

THE ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC’S

SUPERSTAR DUETS!

Before they hit the stage for an all-star concert (airing May 15 at 9 p.m. on CBS), the stars cut loose in our backstage photo booth.

Deana Carter and the Band Perry

“My brothers and I kind of credit Deana and ‘Strawberry Wine’ with being our initial love of country music,” Kimberly Perry (in pink) says of Carter (in black).

Kip Moore, Ashley Monroe and Dierks Bentley

“There’s a nervousness that you want to do justice to the songs you grew up listening to,” Bentley (right) says of performing a Waylon Jennings medley. “But it’s also a big honor.”

Reba and Brooks & Dunn

“It doesn’t get better than these two,” Reba says of Kix Brooks (right) and Ronnie Dunn. Adds Brooks: ” ‘Cowgirls Don’t Cry’ is the perfect duet with Reba, because she’s an Okie girl. She adds a great spark to it.”

Clint Black and Joe Nichols

“I just had to show up and remember to be quiet every now and then,” Black (left) jokes of tackling one of his hits with Nichols.

Luke Bryan and Ronnie Milsap

“My first recollection of music is Ronnie Milsap music,” says Bryan (left). “There’s no question that he’s a country-music icon.”

Miranda Lambert and Patty Loveless

“Patty is a seasoned veteran,” says Lambert (left). “I try and listen and soak up and learn from everything she has to say.” Adds Loveless: “This girl, she’s going to carry the flame for us in country music.”

DERBY DAY

Modern Family’s Sarah Hyland sports a feathered fascinator and floral dress for the big race.

JOYOUS JOCKEY

Louisville, Ky., May 2

Victor Espinoza celebrates as he rides horse American Pharoah to victory in the 141st running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs. This is Espinoza’s third Kentucky Derby win and second in a row. “I’m just enjoying every moment,” he says.

Larry Birkhead gives daughter Dannielynn (his child with the late Anna Nicole Smith), 8, a peck on the cheek.

Boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. poses at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on May 2 after defeating Manny Pacquiao for the welterweight world championship.

Jake Gyllenhaal puts up his dukes with his Southpaw director Antoine Fuqua ringside at the “Fight of the Century,” which drew dozens of stars.

THIS SPOT’S TAKEN

Las Vegas, May 2

No flying coach for these A-listers! Sin City’s McCarran International Airport closed to private planes after celebrities packed the airport with their parked jets ahead of the fight, according to this Twitter pic (left) from Fox 11 Los Angeles sports anchor Liz Habib.

GOING GLAM

Washington, D.C., April 28

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson arrives at the White House with rumored love interest Ciara for a state dinner in honor of Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe and his wife, Akie Abe.

IN TRIBUTE

L.A., April 30

Julianna Margulies cozies up to husband Keith Lieberthal at the Project A.L.S. dinner, where the actress was honored for her support of the cause (her friend Jenifer Estess died of the disease in 2003). “There’s a positive energy here tonight because we are getting closer,” she says of finding a cure.

GIRLS’ NIGHT!

L.A., April 30

Sofia Vergara, singer Elle King and Reese Witherspoon hang at the Hot Pursuit premiere. “We both have families, and we both are businesswomen,” Witherspoon says of her time with costar Vergara (see page 80 for more with them). “It was nice to have that time with another woman.”

CELEB TIME MACHINE!

Barbra Streisand reunites with The Way We Were costar Robert Redford at the Chaplin Award Gala in N.Y.C. on April 27. “I was thrilled to be your leading lady then, and I am honored to present this award to you now,” she said in a touching speech.

David Beckham celebrates his 40th birthday in Marrakech, Morocco, on May 2 with some very special guests, including wife Victoria and two of her fellow former Spice Girls Emma Bunton and Melanie Chisholm (right, and above, in 1997) and pal Eva Longoria.

Jennifer Lopez gives a surprise performance during the Billboard Latin Music Awards in Miami on April 30, paying tribute to the slain singer Selena Quintanilla (inset), whom Lopez portrayed in 1997’s Selena.

Surf’s up! Actress Naomi Watts channels a vintage British Airways poster (above) for an April 27 photo shoot to celebrate 80 years of flights between London and Australia.

STARS ON-SET

MICHELLE DARNELL

Atlanta, May 2

Melissa McCarthy, is that you?! The funny gal steps out alongside actress Kristen Bell to film a scene for their upcoming comedy directed by McCarthy’s husband, Ben Falcone.

CELEBRITY JEOPARDY!

Culver City, Calif., April 27

“I am so excited to be a part of Celebrity Jeopardy!,” Scandal’s Bellamy Young told People before competing on the trivia show. “I’m terrified. But still, it’s a dream come true.” Celebrity Jeopardy! airs May 11-15.

DIRTY GRANDPA

Tybee Island, Ga., April 30

Swoon! A shirtless Zac Efron pulls off an impressive handstand on Robert De Niro’s arm (thanks to some wires) while shooting their new movie with stunt doubles.

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