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CMA Awards, Part Two: Behind the Scenes of ‘Nashville”s Glitziest Episode

Preview the ABC show’s CMA-centric episode with these exclusive photos and commentary from Connie Britton, the Band Perry, Trisha Yearwood and more

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Connie Britton walks up to a makeshift CMA Awards stage on the set of 'Nashville.'

Madeline Ziecker

Weeks before the real CMA Awards aired on ABC, the cast of that network's musical drama, Nashville, was playing out all the onstage and behind-the-scenes drama of a fictional version of the CMAs on their Music City soundstages. Rolling Stone Country was there for an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the episode directed by Eric Close, who also plays Teddy Conrad on the series. The cast and crew, along with guest artists Trisha Yearwood, the Band Perry and Joe Nichols, did their best to lend some authenticity to the episode, right down to a spectacular version of the awards-show stage. Decked out in their best awards-show finery, the cast, special guests and some 1,130 extras who played CMA Awards audience members, spent several days capturing all the glitz, glamour, and, of course, drama of the CMAs. Tune in to see who wins, who loses, and what it means for the characters going forward, especially for country super-couple Ruke: Rayna, with her six nominations, and Luke with five. This special episode of Nashville airs Wednesday, November 19, at 10:00 p.m. ET on ABC.

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