This morning, producers of the 48th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards participated in a conference call with several reporters – including yours truly – to announce several exciting performances on this year’s show, to be broadcast live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas from 7 to 10 p.m. Sunday on the CBS Television Network. Oklahoma native Blake Shelton and fellow country superstar Luke Bryan will co-host the show.
Participating in the call were R.A. Clark, Executive Producer and son of the late Dick Clark, Bob Romeo, CEO of the Academy of Country Music and Jack Sussman, Executive Vice President, CBS Specials and Live Programming.
The producers revealed that the show will open with Shelton and Bryan teaming with Shelton’s wife Miranda Lambert, Lambert’s Pistol Annies bandmates Ashley Monroe and Angaleena Presley, superstar singer/guitarist Brad Paisley and rocker Sheryl Crow. They will perform Shelton’s next single, “Boys ‘Round Here,” from his new album “Based on a True Story …”
In addition, Romeo announced this year’s ACM Lifting Lives Moment which will feature Jewel. She will perform a live mash-up of her chart-topping hit “Hands” combined with “Fill a Heart,” an original song written by singer/songwriter Tori Kelly.
Other call highlights include:
- Tim McGraw will perform “Highway Don’t Care” with Taylor Swift and Keith Urban
- Hunter Hayes will world premiere his new single “I Want Crazy,” and then be joined later by legendary music icon Stevie Wonder on an undisclosed classic from Wonder’s deep catalog.
- Kelly Clarkson will perform “Don’t Rush”
- Brad Paisley, Dierks Bentley and Hunter Hayes will perform together live from ACM Fan Jam
- Country superstar and Oklahoma native Reba will introduce the duet of Texas troubadour (and her former tour mate) George Strait and fellow Oklahoman Garth Brooks. As previously reported, Strait and Brooks will perform together for the first time ever to pay tribute to Dick Clark. Each will perform a version of one of their classic hits and then join together for a very special joint performance.
Other previously reported performers include Checotah native Carrie Underwood and fellow superstars Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town and The Band Perry.
Look for more news from the teleconference in my ACM Awards preview running Friday.