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ACM Awards announce: The Band Perry to open the show with explosive performance

Encino, CA (March 28, 2014) – The Academy of Country Music and dick clark productions announced the 49th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards will open with an explosive performance by The Band Perry, and feature a slate of special performances by artists including Luke Bryan, Hunter Hayes, Miranda Lambert, George Strait, and Florida Georgia Line on the LIVE broadcast from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas Sunday, April 6, 2014 at 8:00 PM live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network.

The Band Perry will open this year’s telecast with an action packed performance of their new single “Chainsaw.” Miranda Lambert and George Strait will perform a tribute medley in honor of Merle Haggard’s prolific 50 years in country music, including “Tonight the Bottle Let Me Down” and “I’m A Lonesome Fugitive.” Additionally, Garth Brooks will present Haggard with the Crystal Milestone Award. Hunter Hayes will perform his hit song “Invisible” (from his new album “Storyline,” available May 6th) in conjunction with ConAgra Foods’ Child Hunger Ends Here campaign. Luke Bryan and Florida Georgia Line will perform “This Is How We Roll” at the 4th Annual ACM Fan Jam via live remote at the Mandalay Bay Events Center with action sports stars from Nitro Circus showing off their incredible BMX skills and more.

These artists join previously announced performers including Jason Aldean, Eric Church, Brett Eldredge, Toby Keith, Justin Moore, Kip Moore, Blake Shelton, Keith Urban, and Lady Antebellum with legendary musician Stevie Nicks. Additional acts and presenters will be announced in the coming week.

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About the Academy of Country Music Awards

The 49th Academy of Country Music Awards is dedicated to honoring and showcasing the biggest names and emerging talent in the country music industry.  The show is produced for television by dick clark productions and will be broadcast LIVE from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas Sunday, April 6, 2014 at 8:00 PM live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network. Allen Shapiro, Mike Mahan, R.A. Clark and Barry Adelman are executive producers.  Bob Romeo is executive producer for the Academy of Country Music.

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