One of the most storied groups of performers in Las Vegas history is the Rat Pack, the informal conglomeration of entertainers that included Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Lawford and Joey Bishop.
Easton Corbin is at the head of a new pack in Las Vegas Monday night, joining Lady Antebellum as the top nominees for the inaugural American Country Awards, with seven nominations apiece. Carrie Underwood came in with six, and Miranda Lambert and Josh Turner each picked up five for the ACAs, which will be handed out tonight on FOX at 8/7c based on voting by fans.
Easton’s had a good year, netting No. 1 singles with “A Little More Country Than That” and “Roll With It.” Still no one was more surprised than him to discover his name at the top of the list.
“Bein’ a new artist, I don’t expect to get any of that [awards] stuff,” he says. “You’re still out here tryin’ to make a name and stuff. So I certainly didn’t expect that, but I’m so excited and I can’t wait to… see what happens.”
Whether or not he wins anything, Easton will definitely get some exposure. He’s set to perform on the Trace Adkins-hosted show, as are Toby Keith, Blake Shelton, Rascal Flatts, Reba McEntire and The Band Perry. And we already know one winner in advance: Alan Jackson will receive the Greatest Hits Award for his contributions to country music.
The end of the show probably won’t mark the end of the party. Easton expects to make a late night of it.
“I think that’s a requirement when you go to Vegas,” he smiles. “I think it just kinda happens.”