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Band Perry, Lambert, Hayes Giving Special ACM Awards Performances


The Band Perry will be kicking off the 49th annual Academy of Country Music Awards.  The ACM says the trio will launch next weekend's broadcast with "an explosive performance" of their latest single, "Chainsaw."  Other special moments in the ceremony include a collaboration between Miranda Lambert and George Strait in honor of Merle Haggard, who's this year's Crystal Milestone winner.  Garth Brooks will also be on hand to present the award to Hag.  Hunter Hayes will take the stage to sing his latest hit, "Invisible," which will also promote the "Child Hunger Ends Here" campaign.  Meanwhile, when Luke Bryan joins Florida Georgia Line for "This Is How We Roll," they'll be accompanied by Nitro Circus riders who'll display some dazzling BMX stunts to go with the song.


A host of other stars will also perform at the ACM Awards.  The lineup boasts Blake Shelton, Keith Urban, Eric Church, Lady Antebellum with Fleetwood Mac's Stevie Nicks, and more.  The 49th annual ACM Awards will be presented in a ceremony in Las Vegas, airing on CBS on April 6th.


Luke Bryan Excited About Upcoming ACM Awards


Luke Bryan says he's looking forward to upcoming Academy of Country Music Awards ceremony.  The singer explains that his nominations really add to his anticipation.


Luke admits it's also going to be a busy weekend, since he's once again hosting the ceremony with Blake Shelton and he's slated to perform.  In addition, Luke is taking part in one of the events leading up to the awards show.  He's joining Justin Moore in hosting the ACM & Cabela's Great Outdoor Archery Event.  The singers are gathering together a group of other country stars to join them for the competition, which will take place at The LINQ in Las Vegas on April 5th.  The 49th annual ACM Awards will be presented in a ceremony airing on CBS on April 6th.


Taylor Swift Falls Short At Kids' Choice Awards


Taylor Swift isn't adding any new hardware to her trophy collection.  The country-pop superstar was a two-time nominee heading into last weekend's Kids' Choice Awards, but fell short in both categories.  She was up for the Female Singer honor, which went to Selena Gomez, while her hit "I Knew You Were Trouble" was in the running for Favorite Song, but One Direction's "Story of My Life" got the nod.  One Direction was among the big winners at Nickelodeon's slime-filled event, which was held at the Galen Center in Los Angeles Saturday night.


Josh Thompson's Second CD Arriving This Week


Josh Thompson admits "it's about time" for his second album to hit stores.  The country star's sophomore studio effort, "Turn It Up," will be released Tuesday, four years after his debut, "Way Out Here."  And Josh says he's excited about the disc.  He tells he named his record "Turn It Up " for a couple of reasons.  He explains that it's "coming out during barbecue season and road trip season -- when a lot of people are hanging outside."  Josh says he's hoping people find it to be "one of those records that you put on and listened to from start to finish and have a good time to."  But the singer adds that the title also reflects the songs, which are about "turning up the good times and turning off the bad."  "Turn It Up" features Thompson's current single, "Cold Beer With Your Name On It."


Thomas Rhett Excited About Second Billing On Brantley Gilbert Tour


Thomas Rhett's touring career is advancing to the next level.  The country star has second billing on Brantley Gilbert's "Let It Ride" tour, which marks his first trek as an opener in which he's not at the bottom of the lineup.  Thomas says he's excited to have the opportunity to develop as a performer.


Rhett says having second billing is also enabling him to expand his entourage and his stage set.  He explains that he can add more musicians to his band and more people to his crew, and use his own lighting rig at the shows.  Gilbert's "Let It Ride" tour, which also features opening sets from Eric Paslay, launched over the weekend.  Their next stop is coming up in Greensboro, North Carolina on April 10th.


Johnny Cash Receives New Video Tribute


The late Johnny Cash's new album has inspired a special video tribute.  A new installment of the French video series La Blogothèque is up on YouTube, featuring artists discussing and performing their favorite tracks from "Out Among the Stars"  The Killers' Brandon Flowers joins Dawes to cover "I Came To Believe."


Flowers, who says his father introduced him to Cash, also calls Johnny "one of the greatest storytellers."  The rocker adds that he admires "how open" Johnny was about his faith.  The 16-minute video also features Father John Misty, who explains how he's always enjoyed the playfulness, humor, and intimacy of Johnny's duets with June Carter Cash before he sings a solo version of Johnny and June's "Baby Ride Easy."  Local Natives close out the clip.  Band members say they're inspired by Cash's self-determination and independence, and honor those traits with their own unique rendition of the title track to "Out Among The Stars."


Rascal Flatts Recall Favorite Videos From Their Youth


The guys in Rascal Flatts can remember the days before DVDs, when movies and music videos were on VHS tapes that needed to be rewound before they could be viewed again.  Jay DeMarcus gets a laugh out of his bandmates in recalling a video that was very popular in his household back then.


Gary LeVox says he used to watch Michael Jackson's "Thriller" over and over and over again when he was a kid.  Joe Don Rooney admits he watched "The Bad News Bears" video so many times "it barely worked near the end."  Rascal Flatts sing about wishing they could rewind their lives to relive some of their favorite moments in their latest hit, "Rewind."  It's the title track to the group's upcoming album, which will be in stores on May 13th.


Trace Adkins, Wife Issue Statement About Their Divorce


Trace Adkins and his wife, Rhonda, are publicly acknowledging their intentions to end their marriage.  The divorcing couple has issued a statement through the country star's publicist confirming their split.  They say they're "united in ensuring" that their "children's interests come first," and they're asking for privacy as they "work through this personal matter together."  Rhonda filed for divorce in a Nashville area court last week, claiming "irreconcilable differences."  Trace and Rhonda tied the knot in May 1997 and have three daughters together, who range in age from 16 to nine.


Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert Named Country Music's "It Couple"


Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert are definitely making a splash together.  The pair are leading the list in an iHeartRadio poll by a wide margin, with 45-percent saying they're country music's "It Couple."  By comparison, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill rank second with 27-percent of the vote.  Eleven-percent would give the title to Carrie Underwood and her husband, hockey player Mike Fisher.  Amy Grant and Vince Gill are taking fourth place with support from six-percent.  Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman are just edging out Brad Paisley and Kimberly Williams-Paisley, taking fifth place by less than half-a-percent.


Meanwhile, Taylor Swift is getting the nod as the "biggest celebrity player."  The single star, who's drawn as much attention for her dating life as she has her music, has the top spot on that list with 29-percent of the vote.  One of her famous exes, John Mayer, follows in second place with nods from 27-percent.  Another Swift ex, Jake Gyllenhaal, is getting five-percent of the vote to rank fifth on the list.


Today In Country Music History


Today in 1962, Patsy Cline's "She's Got You" begins a five-week run at number one on "Billboard's" country chart.  It reached number 16 on the pop chart.


Today in 1973, Johnny Rodriguez charted his first number one song "You Always Come Back To Hurting Me."


Today in 1986, Alabama's "Greatest Hits" album was certified Gold and Platinum simultaneously.


Today in 1992, the "Wynonna" album by Wynonna Judd was released.


Today in 1992, Mark Chesnutt's second album "Longnecks and Short Stories" was released.


Today in 1995, Joe Diffie's single "So Help Me Girl" topped the charts.


Today in 1998, the "Greatest Hits Collection" album by Alan Jackson was certified for sales of four million.


Today in 1998, Brooks and Dunn shot footage for their "If You See Him, If You See Her" video with Reba McEntire.


Today in 2000, at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Riders in the Sky presented their 21st annual benefit concert to aid Hospital Hospitality House.  It offers a home away from home for family members of critically ill patients and outpatients receiving medical treatment in Nashville area hospitals.


Today in 2002, Jo Dee Messina was in Atlanta to perform the national anthem for the Atlanta Braves' season opener.


Today in 2005, The "Honky Tonk Angels" album -- featuring Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn and Tammy Wynette -- was certified Platinum.


Today in 2006, John Michael Montgomery held his first Hunting & Fishing Show in Bardstown, Kentucky.


Today in 2006, Tim McGraw made a guest appearance on "The Today Show" where he performed "When the Stars Go Blue" and other hits.


Today in 2006, Jake Owen made his Grand Ole Opry debut.


Today in 2007, Angela Hacker, "Nashville Star's" season five winner, made her debut on the Grand Ole Opry.


Today in 2007, LeAnn Rimes made an appearance at the Human Rights Campaign's Equality dinner, an event supporting the gay community.


Today in 2009, Brad Paisley learned he'd won the Academy of Country Music Awards for Video of the Year with his clip "Waitin' On a Woman," and that he and Keith Urban got the nod for Vocal Event of the Year for their collaborative hit "Start a Band."  The winners in these categories were announced in advance of the annual ACM Awards ceremony, which took place five days later.


Today in 2009, Craig Morgan hosted his Charity Ride, which included an acoustic concert and silent auction as well as a motocross and four-wheeler ride in Van Leer, Tennessee.


Today in 2009, new CD releases included Keith Urban's "Defying Gravity," Rodney Atkins' "It's America," and Dailey and Vincent's "Brothers From Different Mothers."


Today in 2011, Mel McDaniel died at his Nashville-area home following a battle with lung cancer.  He was 68.


Today in 2012, Taylor Swift received The Big Help Award at the Kids' Choice Awards from First Lady Michelle Obama, who presented the award.


Today in 2013, Blake Shelton hosted the NRA Country/ACM Celebrity Shoot in Boulder City, Nevada, which raised money for military related charities while Darius Rucker hosted the ACM Lifting Lives Celebrity Golf Classic charity event in Las Vegas.  Both fundraisers were held in conjunction with the annual Academy of Country Music awards.


Today in 2013, a second visitation day was held for the late Ear Scruggs at a Nashville funeral home.  The bluegrass legend died a few days earlier at the age of 88.

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