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Country Stars Honor Their Heroes


Keith Urban and Vince Gill led the charge for another star-studded fundraiser for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum last night at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena.

And Keith had an interesting request for the stars: Play one of your hits, and then play a song that influenced you early on.

Billy Currington nailed Kenny Rogers' "Sweet Music Man" and Martina McBride sang Reba McEntire’s “Is There Life Out There.”

No surprise that Miranda Lambert saluted her longtime hero, Merle Haggard, singing “Tonight the Bottle Let Me Down.”

And Vince Gill did the Emmylou Harris song “Two More Bottles of Wine.”

While there were plenty of out-of-your-seats moments, two seasoned country stars got the biggest applause. Charley Pride, who also sang "Kiss an Angel Good Mornin’," received a standing ovation for his rendition of fellow Mississippi native Conway Twitty's "Hello Darlin’," and Dolly Parton was greeted with a standing O that spanned her performances of "Jolene" and George Jones’ "He Stopped Loving Her Today."

Meanwhile, Martina had a fan moment—running to catch up with Dolly as she was leaving the show!

Martina tweeted about the experience:

"My daughter@friends wanted [to] meet Dolly so I ran after her as she was gettin' her car! She was sweet & asked if they wanted a pic. Class."

Only in Nashville.

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