Kenny Chesney And Tim McGraw Guest Performers At The ACM Awards

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Tim McGraw (L) and Kenny Chesney (Photo courtesy Country Music Association via Getty Images)

Tim McGraw (L) and Kenny Chesney (Photo courtesy Country Music Association via Getty Images)

The Academy of Country Music announced today that Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw will be just two of the surprises in store during Sunday night’s ACM Awards show on CBS.

In addition to Chesney and McGraw (who are touring together this summer as “Brothers of the Sun”), the ACM Award show’s “special duets and collaborations” will also include Blake Shelton with Lionel Richie, Rascal Flatts with Steve Martin, and Toby Keith with some as-yet-unnamed special guests.

What Kenny and Tim have in store is still under wraps, but we do know that Blake and Lionel will perform “You Are,” the classic Richie tune, and Rascal Flatts will team up with Steve Martin on “Banjo.” Martin is, after all, not just an accomplished actor but also a GRAMMY- and IBMA-winning banjo player (and writer).

And let’s not forget Toby Keith, who will take the stage for a very special performance of “Red Solo Cup” with a few of his friends.


Read more stories about the 2012 Academy of Country Music Awards.

See the full list of 2012 ACM Award nominees, and read profiles of 2012 nominees.

Cast your vote for the 2012 ACM Entertainer of the Year and New Artist of the Year!

Watch the Academy of Country Music Awards live on Sunday, April 1 at 8pm ET (delayed PT) on CBS.

- Steve Koscik, WUSN/Chicago

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