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ACM Party for a Cause 2015: Our Best Backstage and Onstage Photos

Luke Bryan, Ronnie Milsap, Reba, Darius Rucker and Ashley Monroe are among the artists we captured on the first night of the Texas-sized festival

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Luke Bryan and Ronnie Milsap embrace before performing together at the ACM Party for a Cause.

Christopher Polk

ACM Presents: Superstar Duets will be the fitting title of an upcoming CBS television special featuring highlights from this weekend's ACM Party for a Cause Festival. Held at Arlington's Global Life Park, home of the Texas Rangers, the first night of the two-day country music extravaganza saw Country Music Hall of Famers Alabama and Ronnie Milsap teaming with artists whom they've greatly influenced, Eli Young Band and Luke Bryan, respectively. Brooks & Dunn performed live for the first time together in more than four years, alongside the friend who convinced them to get back together, Reba McEntire. Darius Rucker harmonized with Sara Evans, while Dierks Bentley, Kip Moore and Ashley Monroe became a trio for the evening. And perhaps the oddest pairing of the evening turned out to be one of the most electric, as Dwight Yoakam traded hits with Sam Hunt.

The ACM Party for a Cause benefits ACM Lifting Lives, the philanthropic arm of the Academy of Country Music, and several military causes. It continues Saturday, April 18th, with performances by Eric Church, Alan Jackson, Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum, the Band Perry, Miranda Lambert, Kenny Chesney and many more.

All photos by Christopher Polk.

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Kip Moore Darius Rucker

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Kip Moore and Darius Rucker

Kip Moore and Darius Rucker goof off before taking the stage at the ACM Party for a Cause.

Sam Hunt, Dwight Yoakam

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Sam Hunt and Dwight Yoakam

Duet partners for the evening, Sam Hunt and Dwight Yoakam share a laugh backstage.

Sara Evans

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Sara Evans

Sara Evans strikes a pose backstage before performing at the ACM Party for a Cause at Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas.

Luke Bryan Caroline Bryan

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Luke and Caroline Bryan

Luke Bryan steals a kiss from wife Caroline before performing with Ronnie Milsap at the ACM Party for a Cause.

Kip Moore Darius Rucker Ashley Monroe Sam Hunt

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Kip Moore, Darius Rucker, Ashley Monroe and Sam Hunt

The four country singers catch up and pose for photos during a rain delay at the ACM Party for a Cause.

Brooks and Dunn

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Brooks and Dunn

They weren't broken up for long. After calling it quits in 2010, Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn are back together for a string of shows in Las Vegas. They reunited for a live performance for the first time in more than four years Friday night.

Dierks Bentley, Ashley Monroe, Kip Moore

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Dierks Bentley, Ashley Monroe and Kip Moore

Dierks Bentley, Ashley Monroe and Kip Moore became a trio for the ACM Party for a Cause.

Dwight Yoakam Sam Hunt

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Dwight Yoakam and Sam Hunt

Dwight Yoakam and Sam Hunt swap lines on each other's hits at the ACM Party for a Cause.

Reba, Brooks Dunn

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Reba Performs With Brooks & Dunn

The longtime friends, who toured together back in the Nineties, reunited in Texas.

Luke Bryan Ronnie Milsap

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Luke Bryan and Ronnie Milsap

Luke Bryan performed with Country Music Hall of Famer Ronnie Milsap at the ACM Party for a Cause.

Josh Abbott Band

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Josh Abbott Band

Josh Abbott Band members pose after their set at the ACM Party for a Cause.

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Luke Bryan

Luke Bryan performs for a massive, sold-out crowd at Global Life Park in Arlington, Texas.

Dwight Yoakam Sam Hunt

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Dwight Yoakam Performs With Sam Hunt

A 30-year veteran of the business teams with an ACM-nominated up-and-comer for Friday night's huge concert in Arlington, Texas.