40,000 tickets have already been sold this year for the
country music extravaganza that is the ACM Awards, and it’s proved so
successful that they are considering making it a week-long festival like CMA
Fest after 2016. The show will be opened by Blake Shelton and the Pistol Annies
performing Blake’s new single (which features the rowdy trio) ‘Boys Round Here’,
along with Luke Bryan, Brad Paisley and Sheryl Crow. Tim McGraw will perform
with Taylor Swift and Keith Urban on his new single, with appearances from both
the superstars ‘Highway Don’t Care’, and Hunter Hayes will debut his brand new
single ‘I Want Crazy’ with an exclusive duet with Stevie Wonder, working in his
Then Reba McEntire will introduce a tribute to Dick Clark
from Garth Brooks and George Strait, and Kelly Clarkson is to perform ‘Don’t
Rush’ with a surprise guest (not yet officially Vince Gill). In addition,
Carrie Underwood, Brad Paisley and Dierks Bentley will all perform within the
first hour of this star-studded event. Plus Jewel will be performing ‘Hands’ and
‘Fill A Heart’, a song she wrote for Child Hunger Ends, in order to
raise awareness for the ACMs Lifting Lives Moment. Also on the bill are Little
Big Town, Eric Church, Kenny Chesney, George Strait (solo), Florida Georgia
Line, Brantley Gilbert, The Band Perry, Jana Kramer, Lady Antebellum and Jason
Aldean. Luke Bryan will perform his brand new single, 'Crash My Party' during the telecast.
There is much anticipation for Blake and Luke’s hosting
partnership (nicknamed ‘Bluke’), and apparently there will be an 8 second delay
in order to cope with any mishaps that may occur between the two of them! Don’t
forget too that this is the first time a husband and wife are both nominated
for Entertainer of the Year (Blake and Miranda Lambert, in case you hadn’t
noticed), so look out for the hosts to mention that during the broadcast!
UPDATE!: As it turns out, Brad will be performing a song from his new album called 'Outstanding In Our Field', which features a sample of the late Country Music Hall of Fame member Roger Miller's 1964 hit 'Dang Me'. Vocals on the track are provided by Dierks Bentley and some guitar work by Hunter Hayes, both of whomwill be joining Brad on stage for the telecast. Announced presenters include '2 Broke Girls' star Beth Behrs (and star of Lady Antebellum's lastest video), Michael Chiklis of 'Vegas', 'Duck Dynasty' stars Willie and Korie Robertson and 'The Big Bang Theory''s Kaley Cuoco with Sheryl Crow, John Fogerty, Miranda Lambert, Scotty McCreery, Kacey Musgraves, Jake Owen, Keith Urban.
That’s it for now, although I’ll come back and edit if any
more gossip gets released! So watch this space. See you on April 7th,
on CBS at 8pm EST/PST.