Faith Hill, Keith Urban

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Keith Urban had a special guest during his rehearsal yesterday for tonight’s Academy of Country Music Awards.

We spotted his wife, Nicole Kidman, watching from the audience toward the front of the stage. But as quickly as she appeared she was gone, presumably to watch the remainder of her hubby’s set from backstage.

Faith Hill showed off her mothering side when she hit the stage at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas to practice her rendition of Loretta Lynn’s “You Ain’t Woman Enough.”

“How long you been out there?” Hill asked the few dozen or so lucky fans who were allowed to sit in for the run-through. “Have you had anything to eat? I should have brought you a pizza.”

Taking questions from the audience, Hill (dressed way down in jeans, a pullover sweater, white tennis shoes and a baseball cap) was asked how many guns she owned. We’re happy to report that Hill answered, “I don’t have any guns.”

She was also asked about her three daughters with Tim McGraw. “Gracie will be 12 in a couple of weeks,” Hill said. “She’s up to my shoulders!”

Miley Cyrus' practice run of her latest hit, "The Climb," featured fireworks showering the stage at the end of her set. A stage manager assured everyone that the Hannah Montana star was far enough away from the glittery sparks to avoid any potential accidents.

Along with Cyrus, Hill and Urban, other performers this evening will include Carrie Underwood, Taylor Swift and Sugarland. The show broadcasts live tonight at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.

Hillary Scott, Kellie Pickler, Gary Levox, Rascal Flats

Denise Truscello

The weekend’s country-music-lovin’ festivities had an unofficial start on Friday night with a birthday party for Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott.

Ms. Scott celebrated the big 2-5 with dinner at the Bellagio’s Yellowtail Sushi Restaurant & Bar, followed by partying into the wee hours at the Bank Nightclub with bandmates Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood and famous friends like Kenny Chesney, Gary LeVox of Rascal Flatts, Jamey Johnson, Emily West and Kellie Pickler.

That’s not all I have for you. Not only did I Twitter the rehearsals, but I'm twittering right now from the red carpet and will exclusively be doing the same during the show from backstage!

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