The past, present and future of country music all converge at this year's CMA Awards Twitter/@VGCom

Wouldn’t you love to be a fly on the wall during the rehearsals for the CMA Awards? It’s a bustle of activity and fun with stars that rarely get to see each other hanging out in each other’s dressing rooms and catching up from the previous year. There’s a lot of laughter, a lot of fun and a lot of music, as they each take their turns onstage to practice whatever number they’re performing.

We know that this year’s CMA Awards are going to be bigger and better than ever. Some performances that have already been announced include country music’s hottest stars —  Kelsea Ballerini, Garth Brooks, Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line and Miranda Lambert just to name a few — but there’s something going on backstage that leads us to believe that we’re going to get a history lesson, too.

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Vince Gill shared a photo on his Twitter page appropriately captioned: “A dressing room full of history. #ForeverCountry.” The image features Vince with pals Ricky Skaggs, Charlie Daniels, Randy Travis, Clint Black, Roy Clark, Charley Pride and Merle Haggard’s son, Ben. Vince, Clint and Ben are all holding guitars, which leads us to believe a performance of truly epic proportions may be a part of the show’s lineup.

While the CMA is keeping a tight lip on what exactly will be happening with those legendary stars, we have been promised a show opening like no other. So, they very well could be kicking off the evening’s entertainment.

Backstage during rehearsals, Charlie Daniels sat down with a CMA rep and said, “What I’m looking forward to the most about the award show is seeing who wins the awards, that’s always a big thing, but there are some legendary artists here that I am looking forward to hearing them perform. The only time you run into the other artists is when you’re working together sometimes, and I’ve seen people I haven’t seen in years. It’s a good time backstage.”

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Now, we have been told that re-creating a live version of the “Forever Country” video is a bit of a logistical nightmare, so it’s probably not that, but we have some suggestions to the CMA. If it isn’t too late, how about country’s hot young guns collaborate with country music icons on the legend’s biggest hits? Maybe Keith Urban pickin’ and a-grinnin’ with Roy Clark? Or a Brad Paisley/Clint Black/Vince Gill mash-up? How about Miranda Lambert with Loretta Lynn?

How awesome would that be?!

Based in Nashville, Tammy is a 20-year veteran of the country music community. She has worked in marketing, PR and artist development. Follow her @TammyGooGoo and join the conversation @RareCountry
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