The producers of the Academy of Country Music Awards revealed several surprise details to the press. One being that legendary musician Stevie Wonder and country music sensation Hunter Hayes are gearing up to take the stage at this year’s ACM awards.
Among the revelations: Hunter Hayes will get a little support from Stevie Wonder as he premieres his new single, “I Want Crazy” and Taylor Swift and Keith Urban will join Tim McGraw for a performance of “Highway Don’t Care”
Also, Kelly Clarkson will perform “Don’t Rush,” Hayes, Brad Paisley and Dierks Bentley will collaborate on stage live from ACM Fan Jam and Reba McEntire will be on hand to introduce George Strait and Garth Brooks’ duet. As previously announced, the duo will perform together for the first time as they pay tribute to Dick Clark, each performing one of their own respective hits before joining together.
It was also announced on Monday that Jewel will be featured during this year’s ACM Lifting Lives Moment, performing a live mash-up of her 1998 hit “Hands” and “Fill a Heart,” written by Tori Kelly.
Making the announcements were R.A. Clark, executive producer and son of the late Clark; Bob Romeo, CEO of the Academy of Country Music; and Jack Sussman, executive vice president, CBS specials and live programming.
The 48th annual ACM Awards will be broadcast live on Sunday, April 7, from MGM’s Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
The show will air live on the east coast at 8 p.m. with a tape delayed showing on the west coast.