“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.