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Reba McEntire to host gala for country music
The 44th annual Academy of Country Music Awards will air live from Las Vegas at 7 p.m. Sunday on CBS. Oklahoma native Reba McEntire returns as host of the event for a record 11th time.Nominees with Oklahoma ties scheduled to perform are Toby Keith, Miranda Lambert, Rascal Flatts and McEntire. Other Oklahoma nominees include Carrie Underwood, Brooks & Dunn and Trisha Yearwood. Underwood is nominated for album of the year for "Carnival Ride,” video of the year for "Just a Dream,” top female vocalist and entertainer of the year. McEntire and duo Brooks & Dunn, which includes Tulsan Ronnie Dunn, are nominated for vocal event prize for "Cowgirls Don’t Cry.” In addition, Brooks & Dunn is nominated for top vocal duo. Lambert, who lives in Tishomingo, also earned two nominations: top female vocalist and single record of the year for "Gunpowder & Lead.” Norman resident Keith will vie for the title of top male vocalist. Rascal Flatts, which includes Joe Don Rooney of Picher, will compete for top vocal group. Yearwood, who lives in Owasso, is nominated for vocal event of the year for "Another Try,” her duet with Josh Turner.