BROOKS & DUNN, FAITH HILL, BRAD PAISLEY, KEITH URBAN, GRETCHEN WILSON AND LEE ANN WOMACK ADDED AS PERFORMERS ON THE
"40TH ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS,"
TO BE BROADCAST LIVE FROM LAS VEGAS,
MAY 17 ON THE CBS TELEVISION NETWORK
Deana Carter, Cowboy Troy, Marty Roe and Dana Williams of Diamond Rio, Josh Gracin, Alison Krauss, Blaine Larsen, Tracy Lawrence, Keech Rainwater and Dean Sams of Lonestar, Barbara Mandrell, Sterling Marlin, Martina McBride, Reba McEntire, Dr. Phil & Robin McGraw, Mark Miller of Sawyer Brown, Craig Morgan, Joe Nichols, Jamie O'Neal, Julie Roberts, Michelle Stafford, Sugarland, Trick Pony, Josh Turner, Van Zant and Phil Vassar Added to Present Awards
Brooks & Dunn, Faith Hill, Brad Paisley, Keith Urban, Gretchen Wilson and Lee Ann Womack have been set to perform at the 40TH ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS, to be broadcast live from the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Tuesday, May 17 (8:00-11:00 PM, live ET/delayed PT) on the CBS Television Network. They join previously announced performers Big & Rich, Kenny Chesney, Sara Evans, Alan Jackson, Toby Keith, Reba McEntire, Tim McGraw, Montgomery Gentry, Rascal Flatts and George Strait.
Deana Carter, Cowboy Troy, Marty Roe and Dana Williams of Diamond Rio, Josh Gracin, Alison Krauss, Blaine Larsen, Tracy Lawrence, Keech Rainwater and Dean Sams of Lonestar, Barbara Mandrell, Sterling Marlin, Martina McBride, Reba McEntire, Dr. Phil & Robin McGraw, Mark Miller of Sawyer Brown, Craig Morgan, Joe Nichols, Jamie O'Neal, Julie Roberts, Michelle Stafford, Sugarland, Trick Pony, Josh Turner, Van Zant and Phil Vassar will present awards. Previously announced presenters include Terri Clark, Emily Procter, Rob Schneider & Neil McCoy and The Warren Brothers.
Brooks & Dunn are nominees this year for Entertainer of the Year and Top Vocal Duo. The pair won for Top Vocal Duo last year, which was their fourth straight victory in the category.
Faith Hill just released "Mississippi Girl," her first new single in nearly two years. The song is the first to be released from her eagerly anticipated new album, "Fireflies."
This year, Brad Paisley is nominated for five Academy of Country Music Awards, including nods for Single Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Vocal Event of the Year and Video of the Year -- all for the song "Whiskey Lullabye," featuring Alison Krauss. He is also nominated for the fan-voted Academy of Country Music/Home Depot Humanitarian Award.
Keith Urban, who will appear on this year's telecast live via satellite from London, has four nominations this year. He is nominated for Entertainer of the Year, Top Male Vocalist, Single Record of the Year (for "Days Go By") and Album of the Year (for "Be Here").
Gretchen Wilson has five Academy of Country Music Award nominations this year. She is nominated for Top Female Vocalist and Top New Artist, as well as for Album of the Year (for "Here for the Party"). Her smash single, "Redneck Woman," is nominated for Single Record of the Year and Video of the Year.
Lee Ann Womack has three nominations this year: Top Female Vocalist, as well as Single Record of the Year and Song of the Year nods for "I Hate Myself in the Morning." She recently starred in her own special on CMT, which was named after her current album, "There's More Where That Came From."
The Academy of Country Music was founded in 1964 with a mission to support, promote, and enhance the advancement of the country music industry worldwide. The Academy, which is comprised of more than 3,800 professional members and a newly established Associate Membership, is headquartered in Burbank, Calif.
THE 40TH ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS is produced by dick clark productions, inc. Dick Clark and R.A. Clark are the executive producers; Barry Adelman, the producer. Jeff Margolis is directing the special written by Barry Adelman.
RATING: To Be Announced