» ACM Award Highlights and Tidbits

Here are some things to look for on the 49th Academy of Country Music Awards Sunday night:

- The Band Perry will open the show performing their new single “Chainsaw.”

- Miranda Lambert and George Strait will perform a tribute medley in honor of Merle Haggard and Garth Brooks will present him with the Crystal Milestone Award.

- Hunter Hayes will perform his hit song “Invisible” in conjunction with ConAgra Foods’ Child Hunger Ends Here campaign.

- Luke Bryan and Florida Georgia Line will perform “This Is How We Roll” while the stars from Nitro Circus showing off their incredible BMX skills and more.

- Lady Antebellum will perform “Golden” with Stevie Nicks.

- Blake Shelton will perform twice on the show. Once with Shakira on her new song “Medicine” and again again by himself on his new song “My Eyes.”

- Dierks Bentley and Sheryl Crow will perform, “I Hold On”.

- Brad Paisley will sing his new song “River Bank” at MGM Grand’s Talent Pool


- Blake Shelton & Miranda Lambert will duel for Entertainer of the Year and could win together with the Vocal Event of the Year.

- Miranda could win her 5th consecutive Female Vocalist ACM this year passing Reba McEntire for the most consecutive wins.

- Miranda could also earn The Triple-Crown Award, with an Entertainerr of the Year Award win. The honor distinguishes achievement in a solo artist winning the Top New Male/Female Vocalist and/or Top New Artist category, Male/Female Vocalist of the Year, and Entertainer of the Year. Only five artists in the history of the Academy of Country Music Awards have won the triple crown: Kenny Chesney, Carrie Underwood, Taylor Swift, Merle Haggard, Barbara Mandrell and Mickey Gilley.

- Brad Paisley is NOT nominated for any ACM Awards.

- Carrie Underwood’s last ACM Award win was in 2009 for Entertainer of the Year.

- Darius Rucker and Gary Allan hare looking for their first ACM Awards.

- Big & Rich are up for an award for the 16th time. They have yet to take home a trophy.

- Keith Urban can’t believe he’s up for Event of the Year for just playing the guitar on “Highway Don’t Care”.

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