The Academy of Country Music already has some amazing performers lined up for the 48th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards on April 7th. It was just announced that Garth Brooks and George Strait will be performing together as part of a tribute to Dick Clark during the show. The two are the most recent ACM Artist of the Decade Award recipients, which is named after Dick Clark.
“I commend the Academy on naming the ACM Artist of the Decade Award after Dick Clark. Although there is no award the entertainment industry has that can match the magnitude of the star Dick Clark was, and still is, it is an honor to get to be a part of the Academy’s tribute to him. There may be others who have contributed as much to the music industry, but there is definitely no one that has contributed more than Dick Clark. He was music’s best friend, and a dear friend to me,” said Garth Brooks, in a press release.
“Dick helped make country music accessible to a larger fan base and his efforts will not be forgotten. Garth and I were so grateful when we each received the ACM Artist of the Decade Award, so it’s only fitting that we’ll be honoring him with this tribute performance at the ACMs,” said George Strait.
The 48th annual ACM Awards air live from Las Vegas on Sunday, April 7 on CBS. The show is cohosted this year by Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan. Blake and Luke are also two of this year’s five nominees for Entertainer of the Year; that list also includes Miranda Lambert, Jason Aldean, and last year’s winner, Taylor Swift. Fan voting to determine the winner of that category will begin March 25.