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More ACM Presenters Announced; Jennifer Nettles to Perform With Rihanna

Chris Young photo courtesy of Sony Music Nashville. Julianne Hough photo courtesy of UMG Nashville.

The Academy of Country Music announced today that Chris Young, Julianne Hough, Bethany Hamilton and AnnaSophia Robb have been added as presenters for the 46th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards, hosted by Reba McEntire and Blake Shelton. Honoring country music’s top talent as well as the industry’s hottest emerging artists, the ceremony 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.

Chris, Julianne, Bethany and AnnaSophia join previously announced presenters Robert Pattinson, Reese Witherspoon, Ryan Seacrest and Nancy O’Dell. In addition, Alabama, Dierks Bentley, Ronnie Dunn, Sara Evans, Martina McBride, Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Carrie Underwood and Zac Brown Band with James Taylor and Entertainer of the Year nominees Jason Aldean, Toby Keith, Miranda Lambert, Brad Paisley, Taylor Swift and Keith Urban have been announced as performers at the 46th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards.

Chris is one of the hottest artists in country music right now, having just celebrated his third straight No. 1, “Voices.” His new single, “Tomorrow,” has reached the Top 20 and his latest album, Neon, will be released later this summer. Julianne is best known as a two-time professional dance champion on Dancing With The Stars before releasing a country album in 2008. She will star in the upcoming remake of Footloose as well as Rock of Ages with Tom Cruise.  

Bethany Hamilton has become a source of inspiration to millions through her story of faith, determination, and hope after being attacked by a 14-foot tiger shark while surfing off Kauai’s North Shore. The attack took her left arm and seemed to end her surfing career. Her story will be seen on the big screen in Soul Surfer in which Carrie Underwood will make her big screen debut. AnnaSophia Robb will star as Bethany in the movie and is known for her roles in Race to Witch Mountain and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

In other ACM news, reports that Rihanna will be joining Jennifer Nettles onstage at the ACMs. They will be performing Rihanna’s song “California King Bed.”


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