ACMs air tonight
Sunday, April 7, 2013
– The 48th annual Academy of Country Music Awards, co-hosted by Luke Bryan and Blake Shelton, will be held tonight live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas at 8 p.m. eastern on CBS.
Eric Church led the pack with seven nominations, while Hunter Hayes had six and Miranda Lambert five as did Taylor Swift. Bryan and Kacey Musgraves and Little Big Town receive four nominations while Jason Aldean, Florida Georgia Line and Shelton received three apiece.
Fans can watch ACM Red Carpet Live on GAC with hosts Suzanne Alexander, Storme Warren and Nan Kelley's interviews with many of the top ACM nominees and performers. ACM Red Carpet Live will air from 6:30-8 p.m. eastern. GAC's red carpet show will also stream live Sunday at ACMCountry.com beginning at 6 p.m. Pacific and will move to the ACM Awards press room at 8:30 p.m. featuring press interviews with the winners.
Performers include Aldean, Garth Brooks, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Kelly Clarkson, Hayes, Jewel, Miranda Lambert, Tim McGraw, Blake Shelton, George Strait, Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood, Stevie Wonder, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Pistol Annies and The Band Perry. Brad Paisley will headline the 3rd Annual ACM Fan Jam, along with special guests Dierks Bentley, Hayes and John Mayer and New Artist of the Year Presented by Kohl's nominees Brantley Gilbert, Jana Kramer and Florida Georgia Line.
Presenters include: Gary Allan, 2 Broke Girls star Beth Behrs, Vegas star Michael Chiklis, Sheryl Crow, The Big Bang Theory's Kaley Cuoco, John Fogerty, omg! INSIDER co-anchor Kevin Frazier, Faith Hill, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, country music artists Lambert, Scotty McCreery and Musgraves, Entertainment Tonight co-anchor Nancy O'Dell, Jake Owen, Reba McEntire, Shania Twain, Keith Urban, Trisha Yearwood, Chris Young and Eli Young Band, and A&E's Duck Dynasty stars Willie & Korie Robertson.
The show will be air on a delayed basis in the Pacific time zone at 8 p.m.
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