As some of country’s biggest stars, the members of Lady Antebellum see their fair share of award shows each year. Though for fans the best part might be the slew of amazing performances, Charles Kelley says as attendees, they love hanging out with the other artists behind the scenes.

“I think the coolest stuff happens backstage, when everybody's in these dressing rooms gettin’ ready,” says Kelley, letting Taste of Country Nights in on a little insider knowledge about the backstage setup at the CMA Awards. Rather than having individual dressing rooms, the stars all primp together.

“All the girls are sharin’ one of the areas and a lot of the guys are sharin' the other area, and there’s people in and out. It’s always pretty chaotic, but a lot of fun," he adds.

“It’s like male locker rooms and female locker rooms,” Dave Haywood adds. Hillary Scott concurs, noting that the CMAs take place at Bridgestone Arena where the Predators play, so they’re literally in hockey locker rooms.

“We showered with Luke [Bryan],” Haywood jokes.

The group also spent some time reminiscing about their first awards show performance, which was also at the CMAs.

“I have that performance burned in my brain,” Scott says of their performance of “Love Don’t Live Here Anymore." “It was a really cool night."

The upcoming CMA Awards are the 50th anniversary of the ceremony, and to celebrate, the Country Music Association has brought together 30 of country's most outstanding artists, young and old, to create a unique mashup called “Forever Country.” Lady Antebellum are among the 30 chosen, along with legends like Dolly Parton, Reba McEntire, and George Strait. Relative newcomers like Kacey Musgraves, Keith Urban, Eric Church and Carrie Underwood are also featured in the song.

“To be included in that list of artists — all of our heroes are included — to be a part of it was a huge honor,” Scott assures.

Lady Antebellum are currently hard at work writing for a new record, taking some time to get out of Nashville together and come up with some new material. Hear the full interview with the band above for more details on their approach to writing together, the most famous people they have sat near at an award show, and even their plans for Halloween this year.

Listen to Lady Antebellum's Interview on ToC Nights

Sam Alex is the host of Taste of Country Nights radio, a syndicated night show which airs on more than 75 stations nationwide. Listen to highlights on iTunes or your Android device.

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