updated 04/03/2011 AT 8:00 PM ET
•originally published 04/03/2011 AT 10:25 PM ET
At Sunday night’s 46th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards, some of the music industry’s finest cowgirls, rock stars and pop hit makers pushed genres to the side to make duet magic.
Unexpected mashups aside – who knew Rihanna had twang? – whose performance was the perfect balance? Brad Paisley and Alabama
Brad Paisley and rockers Alabama brought the spirit of the south – and a gritty guitar jam – to Vegas with their duet, “Old Alabama.” Cowboy hats in place, the kings of country kicked off the show on a high note.