Brad Paisley, Tim McGraw, Lee Brice and More Added to ACM Awards Performers Lineup

ACMThe stars are lining up in the wings to perform at this Sunday’s ACM Awards. Dierks Bentley and Sheryl Crow are teaming up for a duet on “I Hold On,” and Brad Paisley is set to debut his new single, “River Bank,” with a special performance from the MGM Grand’s Talent Pool in Las Vegas.

In addition, Rascal Flatts is slated to sing their new single, “Rewind,” from the ACM Fan Jam at Mandalay Bay Events Center, and Darius Rucker will sing his nominated song, “Wagon Wheel.” Male Vocalist of the Year nominee Lee Brice will perform, “I Drive Your Truck,” and Tim McGraw will take the stage, too.

Newly-announced presenters include Clay Walker, Trisha Yearwood, Olivia Munn, Jewel, Chris O’Donnell, LL Cool J, Thea Andrews, Nancy O’Dell, and Guy Fieri.

The 49th Annual ACM Awards airs live Sunday night at 8 ET on CBS. Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan return as co-hosts.

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Kacey Musgraves and Katy Perry Teaming Up for CMT “Crossroads” Airing June 13

CMTKacey Musgraves and Katy Perry are teaming up for an episode of CMT Crossroads airing Friday, June 13. This show marks the 50th episode of CMT Crossroads. They’ll film it in Los Angeles next month.

Katy has been an avid supporter of Kacey ever since she heard “Merry Go Round.” Kacey says, “I’ve been such a HUGE fan of Katy and her vision since I found out about her. And since she’s found out about me she’s been an amazing light and friend to me.”

This Crossroads pairing is a preview of Katy Perry’s upcoming Prismatic tour. Kacey will join Katy for select shows on that trek, which starts June 22 in Raleigh, NC.

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhat is the title of Kip Moore‘s 2012 debut album? ANSWER: Up All Night.

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Love and Theft Invite Their Fans to a “Night That You’ll Never Forget”

RCA NashvilleLove and Theft has released their first party song to country radio, “Night That You’ll Never Forget,” and they want their fans to get in on the act.

The duo’s Eric Gunderson and Stephen Barker Liles are asking fans to submit their own party selfies to Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #LnTselfies. A few of those photos will be a part of the upcoming “Night That You’ll Never Forget” lyric video coming soon.

Love and Theft heads to Las Vegas this weekend for Sunday night’s ACM Awards on CBS. They’re up for Vocal Duo of the Year.

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockCarrie Underwood, Sheryl Crow and Emmylou Harris will perform in honor of Linda Ronstadt at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony April 10 in Brooklyn. The event will air on HBO on May 31.

Frankie Ballard performs on the 10 a.m. hour of NBC’s Today Wednesday.

Craig Campbell will host his 2nd Annual Celebrity Cornhole Challenge Tuesday, June 3 in Nashville to benefit T.J. Martell’s Colon Cancer research efforts.

Newcomer Leah Turner will release her self-titled debut EP on May 6 featuring the singles “Take the Keys” and “Pull Me Back.”

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Kip Moore Knows ACM New Artist of the Year Win Is Out of His Control

MCA NashvilleKip Moore‘s ACM nomination for New Artist of the Year means even more to him since that category is decided by the fans. They’re the ones who have been supporting him and his band and crew for years on the road.

“The band and the crew, we’re a family,” Kip tells ABC News Radio. “It’s always about those guys for me, too. It’s my name, but we’ve been through such a grind together for so long and we built a grassroots following years ago, long before ‘Somethin’ ‘Bout a Truck’ popped, and it showed with them coming through and voting.”

While Kip would certainly welcome a win at Sunday night’s ACM Awards, the outcome of the New Artist of the Year category won’t affect the way he runs his business.

He says, “I don’t focus too much on awards ’cause it’s out of my control, but it’s validation that this journey and this fight that we’ve been in together wasn’t all in vain. We’re finally getting the recognition of what we’ve been doing.”

Kip is nominated for ACM New Artist of the Year along with Justin Moore and Brett Eldredge. Voting is now open at All three New Artist nominees will perform on the 49th Annual ACM Awards this Sunday night at 8 ET on CBS.

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Thompson Square Proudly Displays ACM Awards at Their Alabama Home

Stoney Creek Records When Thompson Square isn’t on the road or in the studio, they’re spending time at their house down in Alabama. The home has the perfect shelf for Keifer and Shawna Thompson to display their two ACM top Vocal Duo trophies, too.

Shawna tells ABC News Radio,  “We bought the house and they were there, and we’re like, ‘Yes, this is perfect. We can put our awards up there.’ They have cool little lights that shine down on ‘em.”

Since they live away from Nashville, people who come in to work on their house are often starstruck when they see Thompson Square’s trophies or gold and platinum plaques on the wall.

“It’s weird because we’ve had a couple of ‘em that’s like, ‘Man, I thought that was you,’” Keifer says. “To be recognized down there is really strange.”

Thompson Square could win their third consecutive Top Vocal Duo of the Year trophy at Sunday night’s ACM Awards. The show airs at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.

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Luke Bryan and Carrie Underwood Among Finalists for “Billboard” Milestone Award

Arista Nashville/AMA/Dick Clark/ABCLuke Bryan and Carrie Underwood are among the finalists for this year’s Billboard Milestone Award, which will be handed out at this year’s Billboard Music Awards May 18 in Las Vegas.

The Milestone Award is presented to an “innovative artist” who’s achieved a notable milestone this year on the charts.  Fans will determine who takes home the trophy, with voting open now at The six finalists will be cut down to three, who will be announced on April 21. Then, voting will continue through the first two hours of the Billboard Music Awards telecast on ABC, and the winner will be revealed during the last hour of the show.

There are six finalists in total: the other three are British pop star Ellie Goulding, pop/rock acts OneRepublic and Imagine Dragons and R&B star John Legend. Here are the chart milestones that each has achieved in the past year:

–Luke Bryan’s album Crash My Party scored the biggest sales week for a country album by a male artist since 2004.

–Carrie Underwood scored her 18th top 10 hit on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart.

–Imagine Dragons’ hit “Radioactive” set the record for the longest run ever on the Billboard Hot 100.

–OneRepublic scored their highest-charting album to date with Native, and “Counting Stars” was the group’s first-ever #1 on the Billboard Radio Songs chart.

–Nearly ten years into his career, John Legend’s “All of Me” became his biggest hit to date, reaching #3 on the Billboard Hot 100.

–Ellie Goulding scored two #1 dance hits with “I Need Your Love” and “Burn.”

Tune into the Billboard Music Awards May 18 on ABC, starting at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

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Rascal Flatts’ Joe Don Rooney Expecting Third Child in Late Summer

CMACongratulations to Rascal FlattsJoe Don Rooney and his wife, Tiffany Fallon, who are expecting their third child later this summer.

The couple, who already have a son named Jagger and a daughter named Raquel, tell People, ““We are so thrilled and feel so blessed to bring another little angel into our world.  Jagger and Rocky are very excited too. They’re going to make a great ‘big brother-big sister duo’ as the Rooney circus continues.”

Joe Don’s band mate Jay DeMarcus sent his well-wishes via social media. He tweeted, “Congrats to my brother @JoeDonRooney I’m proud to be an uncle again!!! @Tiffallon love you guys!!!”

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Taylor Swift Makes Five-Hour Visit to Hasbro Children’s Hospital in Rhode Island

Photo Credit: Sarah BarlowTaylor Swift made a surprise visit to Hasbro Children’s Hospital in Providence, RI Monday. According to the hospital’s Facebook page, Taylor and her father visited with the patients for five hours.  And she even played a song for the kids.

According to Rhode Island TV station WPRI, Taylor’s visit is one of the longest celebrity visits in Hasbro Children’s Hospital’s history.

She also recently visited patients at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City.

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