George Strait (Associated Press photos)
Oklahoman Toby Keith, Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, Sugarland, Taylor Swift and Keith Urban will be among the performers on “George Strait – ACM Artist of the Decade,” according to a news release. The new, all-star concert special will be broadcast on CBS later this year. The show, produced for television by dick clark productions, will pay tribute to “The King of Country,” George Strait, and his 25-year career.
Only four other acts have received the Artist of the Decade accolade, including Marty Robbins in 1969, Loretta Lynn in 1979, Alabama in 1988 and Oklahoman Garth Brooks in 1998. This marks the first time the honor will be presented as a separate television special.
The tribute special will be taped at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on April 6, the night following the 44th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards, which will be broadcast 7 to 10 p.m. April 5 on CBS.
“George Strait – ACM Artist of the Decade” is produced for television by dick clark productions. Orly Adelson and R.A. Clark are the executive producers; Barry Adelman the producer and Bob Bardo the executive in charge of production. Glenn Weiss is directing the special.