Carrie Underwood, Jason Aldean Kenny Chesney among performers for 48th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards
Checotah native Carrie Underwood, Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Tim McGraw, Taylor Swift, Lady Antebellum and Little Big Town have been added to the list of perfomers for the 48th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards.
The awards show will be co-hosted by Tishomingo resident Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan and will be broadcast live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, at 7 p.m. Sunday, April 7 on CBS.
Previously announced performers include Luke Bryan, Kelly Clarkson, Hunter Hayes, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, George Strait and The Band Perry, as well as those performing at the 3rd Annual ACM Fan Jam, headlined by Brad Paisley, along with special guests Dierks Bentley, Hunter Hayes and New Artist of the Year nominees Brantley Gilbert, Jana Kramer and Florida Georgia Line. LL Cool J will also make a special appearance during this year¹s ACM Fan Jam, emceed by Storme Warren, according to a news release.
Details on the just-announced performers, provided by CBS, are as follows:
Carrie Underwood is nominated for Female Vocalist of the Year, marking her eighth consecutive nomination for this category, an award she has already won three times. She is also nominated for Album of the Year for Blown Away. Having won a total of 10 ACM Awards, Underwood is also a two-time Entertainer of the Year winner. In 2010, she was honored with the ACM Triple Crown, an award presented to an elite group of country music artists who boast wins for New Artist, Male/Female Vocalist and Entertainer of the Year. Currently, Underwood is on her critically-acclaimed international “Blown Away Tour,” which began at London¹s historic Royal Albert Hall and is now making its way through North America.
Jason Aldean is nominated this year for three Academy of Country Music awards, including his third consecutive nod for Entertainer of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year, as well as Vocal Event of the Year for “The Only Way I Know” with Luke Bryan and Eric Church. Recently, Aldean played his first-ever Madison Square Garden show, which sold out in just seven minutes, when his “2013 NIGHT TRAIN” tour rolled into New York City for one of its many sold-out stops. Aldean has solidified his stadium headliner status with upcoming sold-out shows at the University of Georgia’s Sanford Stadium, two nights at Boston¹s Fenway Park and one at Chicago’s Wrigley Field.
Kenny Chesney has won 11 Academy of Country Music Awards, including four Entertainer of the Year Awards and the Crystal Milestone Award, an award that has only been given to five other acts in the Academy’s history. He is nominated this year for Vocal Event of the Year for “Feel Like a Rock Star” with Tim McGraw. Chesney’s current single, “Pirate Flag,” is burning up country radio, becoming his eighth Top 25 debut and being named USA Today’s Song of the Week. The song is the first single off of his upcoming Blue Chair/Columbia Nashville Records album Life on a Rock, set to be released on April 30. He has just kicked off his “No Shoes Nation Tour” on March 16 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla.
Eric Church leads with seven ACM Award nominations, including Male Vocalist of the Year and his second consecutive nod for Album of the Year and Video of the Year. He is twice nominated for Song of the Year for “Springsteen,” as both artist and composer. Church also earned nominations for Single of the Year for “Springsteen” and for Vocal Event of the Year for “The Only Way I Know” with Jason Aldean and Luke Bryan. His third album, CHIEF, reached Platinum and received several end-of-the-year “top album” accolades from NPR, Rolling Stone, SPIN, iTunes and the Los Angeles Times. Church is a three-time Grammy Award nominee, including a nod for Best Country Album, and his second and third single releases, “Drink In My Hand” and “Springsteen,” reached #1 on the country radio charts. Church’s forthcoming live album release, Caught In the Act: Live, is currently available for pre-sale and will be released on April 9.
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