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10 Best Things We Saw at Keith Urban’s We’re All 4 the Hall 2014

Vince Gill gets high, Kacey Musgraves does Dolly and Carrie Underwood wears the pants

Vince Gill and Keith Urban perform Keith Urban'We're All 4 The Hall

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With a loose theme of "Songtellers," there should have been a lot more storytelling at Tuesday night's We're All 4 the Hall concert in Nashville. But the majority of the artists at Keith Urban's fifth annual all-star picking party to benefit the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum decided to let the music do the talking. Backed by Urban, Vince Gill (Urban's partner in his Hall of Fame preservation mission) and Keith's touring band, country royalty like Reba McEntire and Ronnie Milsap, and future Hall hopefuls Carrie Underwood and Kacey Musgraves each performed two songs. Here are 10 things — including a red-hot pair of pants — that caught our eye. By Joseph Hudak and Beville Dunkerley

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Best Fabulous at 40 (and 50)-Something: Deana Carter, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Reba McEntire & Lee Ann Womack

Welcome back, ladies. Though the All 4 the Hall concert featured such PYTs as Carrie Underwood and Kacey Musgraves, it was a quartet of country queens who received some of the warmest – and, from the guys, most vocal – responses. Deana Carter, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Reba McEntire and Lee Ann Womack, all of them keeping relatively low profiles of late, returned with a bang, reminding everyone in Nashville's Bridgestone Arena that they still know how to work a stage. Carter, in particular, was mesmerizing, offering two shots of boozy goodness with performances of Kenny Chesney's "You and Tequila," which she co-wrote, and her first Number One hit, "Strawberry Wine." 

david nail performs Keith Urban We're All 4 The Hall

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Best Cover Singer: David Nail

If only those Male Vocalist of the Year awards were truly about the vocals, but we digress … David Nail hit all the high notes on his chart-topping "Whatever She's Got," but it was the next song on his set that reminded fans why they were there. The soulful singer called Lee Ann Womack back to the stage for a duet of the Glen Campbell hit, "Galveston." Their tribute to the ailing Country Music Hall of Fame member – who has a new exhibit in the museum – was the perfect bridge of classic country with a modern twist.

vince gill performs Keith Urban We're All 4 The Hall

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Best Backup Singer Ever in the History of the Universe: Vince Gill

In his pitches to other artists to join him on the All 4 the Hall bill, Keith Urban probably didn't need anything more than one sentence: "You get to sing with Vince Gill." Everyone's dream backup singer served in the house band, taking heavenly high harmonies on even the ladies' sets. While singing with longtime friends Reba McEntire and Lee Ann Womack were like slipping into an old pair of shoes, Gill also proved songs like Kacey Musgraves' "Merry Go Round" could be a killer duet. 

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Best Nashville Cats: Keith Urban’s Band

Keith Urban's touring group proved their versatility as the night's house band. Led by drummer Chris McHugh, Urban's music director, the players made each and every artist look and sound good, whether they were interpreting the radio country of newcomer Brett Eldredge or the Byrds-like pop of Mary Chapin Carpenter. Added bonus: pedal-steel ace Paul Franklin, with whom Vince Gill recorded last year's Merle Haggard and Buck Owens tribute Bakersfield, also sat in, keeping things country with some crying licks.

Darius Rucker Keith Urban We're All 4 The Hall

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Best Off-Your-Feet Moment: Darius Rucker & Friends

Following in what has become a tradition at All 4 the Hall, the night ended with a song the whole arena knew by heart. After belting his first solo country hit, "Don't Think I Don't Think About It," Darius Rucker then invited all of his opening acts back on stage for "Wagon Wheel" – Old Crow Medicine Show's signature hit that he brought back to life (and to the top of the charts). And while watching country stars try to dance is usually embarrassing for all involved, the crew's foot-stomping collaboration was actually pretty infectious – and, more importantly, showed what a great time they were having in helping such a great cause.