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Alabama, Dierks Bentley, Ronnie Dunn & Others to Perform on ACM Awards

Clockwise, top left: Ronnie Dunn photo courtesy of Sony Music Nashville; Dierks Bentley photo courtesy of Capitol Nashville; Alabama photo courtesy of Sony Music Nashville.

The Academy of Country Music announced today that Alabama, Dierks Bentley, Ronnie Dunn, Sara Evans, Martina McBride, Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Carrie Underwood and Zac Brown Band with James Taylor are scheduled to perform as part of the 46th ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS, co-hosted by Reba and Blake Shelton. In addition, Nancy O’Dell and Ryan Seacrest are scheduled as presenters. The ceremony, which honors country music’s top talent as well as the industry’s hottest emerging artists, is produced for television by dick clark productions and will be broadcast LIVE from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 3, 2011 at 8 p.m. live ET/delayed PT on CBS.

These artists join previously announced performers, Entertainer of the Year nominees Jason Aldean, Toby Keith, Miranda Lambert, Brad Paisley, Taylor Swift and Keith Urban. Click HERE for more on the ACM Awards, including the list of nominees, photos, videos and an ACM preview!

Performers:

Alabama has won an astounding twenty ACM Awards including six times for Vocal Group of the Year, five times for Entertainer of the Year and was named Artist of the Decade in 1988. Alabama will perform with Entertainer of the Year nominee Brad Paisley.

Dierks Bentley is nominated for Album of the Year for Up on the Ridge. Dierks won New Artist of the Year in 2003.

Ronnie Dunn helped define the country landscape over the past twenty years as one half of the most successful duo in country music history. He now builds on his 30-million selling album history as part of Brooks & Dunn, with his Arista Nashville solo debut album, slated for release later this year. The album’s stirring first single, “Bleed Red,” is available now.

Sara Evans debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart this past week with the release of her sixth studio album, Stronger, featuring her current smash, the RIAA-certified Gold Digital Single, “A Little Bit Stronger.”  A past ACM Award winner as Top Female Vocalist, Sara’s chart-topping career includes more than five million albums sold and such No. 1 hits as “Suds in the Bucket,” “A Real Fine Place to Start,” “No Place That Far,” and “Born to Fly.” 
 
Martina McBride is a three-time Female Vocalist and was also awarded the Humanitarian Award in 2003 for her charitable work. During Girls’ Night Out: Superstar Women of Country, Martina will be honored once again by ACM Lifting Lives for her dedication to raising social consciousness of domestic violence and encourage female empowerment through songs.

Reba has won twelve ACM Awards including seven wins for Female Vocalist of the Year and was awarded the first-ever Academy of Country Music/The Home Depot Humanitarian Award for her outstanding philanthropic work. This marks Reba’s thirteenth time hosting the show.

Blake Shelton will make his debut, this year, as an ACM Award co-host with Reba. Blake has been nominated for three ACM Awards and won his first ACM award last year for Vocal Event of the Year for his No. 1 hit single “Hillbilly Bone,” which features longtime friend Trace Adkins.

James Taylor – Over the course of his career, James Taylor has sold some forty million albums and has earned forty gold, platinum and multi-platinum awards.  As a recording and touring artist inducted into both the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame and the prestigious Songwriter’s Hall of Fame, James has set a precedent for singer/songwriters and blazed a path to which countless numbers of earnest young musicians have since aspired.

Carrie Underwood is nominated for Female Vocalist of the Year. Having won a total of ten ACM Awards, Carrie is the two-time reigning Entertainer of the Year and has won Female Vocalist three times.

Zac Brown Band is nominated for five awards including Vocal Group of the Year and Album of the Year.  Zac Brown Band is also nominated for Song of the Year, Single Record of the Year and Vocal Event of the Year for “As She’s Walking Away” featuring Alan Jackson. Zac Brown Band will perform “Colder Weather” at the ACM Awards with one of their idols, James Taylor.

Presenters:

Nancy O’Dell, “Entertainment Tonight’s” Emmy Award-winning journalist, has proven to be a force in all areas of her career as a host, author, producer and entrepreneur. Currently Special Correspondent, O’Dell will assume the role of co-anchor of “Entertainment Tonight” after Mary Hart ends her final season in May 2011.

Ryan Seacrest is at the forefront of the media and entertainment industry. Seacrest is celebrated internationally as host of “American Idol,” and hosts and produces E! News and its red carpet awards show coverage. He also serves as an executive producer and co-hosts “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest.”

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