Toby Keith, Reba McEntire, Rascal Flatts, Blake Shelton, Rodney Carrington to perform on inaugural American Country Awards
Oklahoma star power will shine at next month’s inaugural American Country Awards.
Norman resident Toby Keith, Chockie-born singer Reba McIntire, Tishomingo resident Blake Shelton and country group Rascal Flatts, which includes Joe Don Rooney of Picher, will play the Dec. 6 awards show, reports the Associated Press. Comedian Rodney Carrington,who lives in Tulsa, also will perform.
Other performers will include Josh Turner, Lady Antebellum, Laura Bell Bundy, Jewel and Bret Michaels.
The fan-voted show will take place Dec. 6 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas and be televised on Fox.
Fans can still vote for artist of the year through Dec. 4 on the show’s website, www.theacas.com. The nominees are Checotah native Carrie Underwood, Tishomingo resident Miranda Lambert, Lady Antebellum, Taylor Swift and the Zac Brown Band.
Underwood earned six nominations, including artist, female artist and touring artist of the year. Her hit “Cowboy Casanova” is up for top single and music video by a female artist, and her “Play On” is nominated for album of the year. (Look for my new feature on Underwood on Tuesday; she is playing a show Wednesday at the Ford Center.)
Lambert garnered five nominations, including artist, female artist and album of the year for “Revolution.” Her chart-topper “White Liar” got two nods, for best single and music video by a female artist. (Look for my new interview with Lambert on Wednesday; she is performing Thursday at Tulsa’s SpiritBank Event Center and Friday at Thackerville’s WinStar World Casino.)
Reba snared four nominations, including female artist and touring artist of the year for her superstar tour with George Strait. Her hit “Consider Me Gone” is nominated for top single and music video by a female artist.
Rascal Flatts got nods for duo/group and touring artist of the year, along with top single by a duo/group for the anthem “Unstoppable.”
Shelton and Trace Adkins share nominations for music video of the year and best video by a male artist for the mini-movie to their No. 1 duet “Hillbilly Bone.”
Recently split duo Brooks & Dunn, which includes former Tulsan Ronnie Dunn, received a nomination for touring artist of the year; the pair ended their two-decade musical partnership over the summer with their “Last Rodeo Tour.” Keith also is nominated in the touring artist category.
Newcomer Easton Corbin and hot trio Lady A each earned a leading seven nominations.