Meet the A-list Pairings of the ACM's Superstar Duets Special!
MIRANDA LAMBERT & PATTY LOVELESS
DEANA CARTER & THE BAND PERRY
BRETT ELDREDGE & HUNTER HAYES
"We've worked together a few times before but this is probably the most time we've had to prepare. It's nice to get to hang out," Eldredge (left) says of getting to duet with Hayes on Marty Robbins's "Big Iron." Adds Hayes: "We don't get to sing this kind of stuff all the time. It's fun to branch out and take some stuff from legends."
REBA MCENTIRE & BROOKS & DUNN
LADY ANTEBELLUM & BRANDY CLARK
"These guys are easy to collaborate with. They're pros," Clark (seated) says of dueting with Lady A on Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton's "Islands in the Stream." But, truth be told, Lady A's Hillary Scott (far right) and Charles Kelley (center) had a bit of a head start on rehearsal. "Hillary and I used to sing that in karaoke bars around Nashville before we were even discovered," says Kelley.
SAM HUNT & DWIGHT YOAKAM
"I didn't know that I wanted to pursue music until I was 18 or 19 years old, so when I grew up watching and listening to Dwight it wasn't that he was inspiring or influencing me as an artist. I was just a huge fan," Hunt (left) says of getting to duet with his idol. "But when I finally picked up a guitar and learned to play, 'Guitars, Cadillacs' is one of the first songs I learned."
SARA EVANS & DARIUS RUCKER
LUKE BRYAN & RONNIE MILSAP
CLINT BLACK & JOE NICHOLS
ALABAMA & THE ELI YOUNG BAND
Mike Eli (bottom row, center) calls the members of Alabama his "heroes." But Alabama's Randy Owen (bottom row, left) calls the Eli Young Band his "friends." "They are definitely our buddies," Owen tells PEOPLE. "And I think our friendship just got stronger from getting to go out there and act crazy together."