The Academy of Country Music announced that country music superstars Toby Keith, Miranda Lambert, Tim McGraw, Heidi Newfield, Rascal Flatts, Sugarland and Taylor Swift will perform as part of the 44th ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS, hosted by Reba McEntire. 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 MGM GRAND in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 5th, 2009 at 8:00 PM ET/PT on the CBS Television Network.
Toby Keith is nominated this year for Top Male Vocalist. He has won eight Academy of Country Music Awards and took home the Entertainer of the Year honor in both 2002 and 2003.
Miranda Lambert is nominated for two Academy of Country Music Awards, one for Top Female Vocalist and the other for Single Record of the Year for “Gunpower & Lead.” Lambert won Album of the Year in 2007 for Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.
Reba McEntire will return to host the show for the record eleventh time. McEntire has won 12 Academy of Country Music Awards. She has taken home the Entertainer of the Year Award and has been named Top Female Vocalist seven times.
Tim McGraw has won 16 Academy of Country Music Awards, including four wins for Top Male Vocalist. McGraw was also honored with the Career Achievement Award in 2006.
Heidi Newfield is nominated for five Academy of Country Music awards this year, including Top Female Vocalist. She is also nominated for Single Record of the Year from her debut album What Am I Waiting For and is nominated as an artist and composer for Song of the Year for “Johnny & June,” for which she is also nominated for Video of the Year.
Rascal Flatts has taken home seven Academy of Country Music Awards. Last year the group was honored for their philanthropic work with The Home Depot Humanitarian Award.
Sugarland is nominated for Top Vocal Duo and Vocal Event of the Year. Last year they won Single Record of the Year and Song of the Year for “Stay” and were honored in 2005 with the Top New Vocal Duo or Group Award.
Taylor Swift is nominated for four Academy of Country Music awards in three categories including Top Female Vocalist, Album of the Year for Fearless (which she also produced) and Video of the Year for “Love Story.” She won Top New Female Vocalist last year.