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Garth Brooks and George Strait to play tribute to Dick Clark at ACM Awards

Garth Brooks and George Straight will perform a tribute to Dick Clark, who died April 18. Clark began producing the ACM Awards in 1979 and helped introduce audiences all over America to country music's most talented artists.
by Brandy McDonnell Modified: April 4, 2013 at 12:12 am •  Published: April 5, 2013

“I had no idea it would get this big, and I gotta thank Garth for that. I just thought it was appropriate, above and beyond, you know, a son wanting his father being attributed as the producer of the show,” R.A. Clark said.

“You know, people think of Dick Clark as rock 'n' roll. But he was really instrumental in taking this show, getting it to network television, developing it with a couple of ... and growing it over the years. And it's only gotten bigger and bigger.”

Although he declined to reveal song titles, Clark said each superstar will perform one of their classic hits and then come together to perform a finale that will be “one of theirs.”

“This moment with Garth and George will be unlike anything you've ever seen on television,” added Jack Sussman, executive vice president of CBS specials and live programming.

Brooks won't be the only Oklahoman involved in one of the ACM Awards' signature superstar mashups. Tishomingo resident Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan, who are co-hosting the show, will open it by joining Shelton's wife, Miranda Lambert, her Pistol Annies bandmates Ashley Monroe and Angaleena Presley, country triple threat Brad Paisley and rocker Sheryl Crow in performing Shelton's raucous new single “Boys 'Round Here.”

“This show's not about good country music, not at all. It's about great music, period. These artists are genuine singer-songwriters. They produce and perform great music, and it's great music that translates to live event television. You know, everyone sings live; everyone ups their game,” Sussman said.

by Brandy McDonnell
Entertainment Reporter
Brandy McDonnell, also known by her initials BAM, writes stories and reviews on movies, music, the arts and other aspects of entertainment. She is NewsOK’s top blogger: Her 4-year-old entertainment news blog, BAM’s Blog, has notched more than 1...
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