Tishomingo resident Miranda Lambert, Luke Bryan, Chace Crawford, Celine Dion and The Judds are scheduled to present on the 46th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards, to be broadcast live from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas at 7 p.m. Sunday on the CBS Television Network. The ceremony, which honors country music’s top talent as well as the industry’s hottest emerging artists, will be co-hosted by Lambert’s fiance and fellow Tishomingo resident Blake Shelton and Chockie’s favorite daughter, Reba McEntire.
Lambert leads this year’s Academy of Country Music Awards with seven nominations, including Female Vocalist and her first-ever nomination for Entertainer of the Year.
In addition, Lambert was nominated for Single Record of the Year and Song of the Year for “The House That Built Me,” and received two nominations for Video of the Year for “Only Prettier” and “The House That Built Me.” She is nominated for Vocal Event of the Year with Sheryl Crow and Loretta Lynn for “Coal Miner’s Daughter.” Lambert is the reigning ACM Female Vocalist of the Year.
Lambert will follow up with her busy night at the ACM Awards with an April 7 performance at the University of Oklahoma’s Lloyd Noble Center. Tickets and information: (800) 456-4668 (GoOU), www.lloydnoblecenter.com or www.soonersports.com/tickets/concerts.html.
Bryan, Crawford, Dion, The Judds and Lambert join previously announced presenters Reese Witherspoon, Robert Pattinson, Nancy O’Dell, Bethany Hamilton, Julianne Hough, AnnaSophia Robb, Ryan Seacrest and Chris Young. In addition, former Tulsan Ronnie Dunn, Checotah native Carrie Underwood, Reba, Blake Shelton, Alabama, Dierks Bentley, Sara Evans, Martina McBride and Zac Brown Band with James Taylor as well as Entertainer of the Year nominees Lambert, Norman resident Toby Keith, Jason Aldean, Brad Paisley, Taylor Swift and Keith Urban have been announced as performers.
Luke Bryan, the reigning 2010 ACM New Artist and New Solo Vocalist, released his sophomore album, Doin’ My Thing, on Capitol Records Nashville in October 2009, debuting at No. 2 on the Billboard Country Albums chart. The gold-certified album includes three consecutive No. 1 singles, “Do I,” “Rain Is A Good Thing” and “Someone Else Calling You Baby.” Bryan just released a new single, “Country Girl (Shake It for Me),” from his forth-coming album due out later this summer and is slated to open on the Tim McGraw “Emotional Traffic Tour” kicking off April 8.
Chace Crawford currently stars in the CW hit drama, “Gossip Girl.” The talented young actor recently wrapped production on Bruce Beresford’s film, “Peace, Love and Misunderstanding,” in which he will star opposite Catherine Keener and Jane Fonda.
Celine Dion is an international pop superstar who has sold more than 200 million albums and has garnered numerous accolades, including five Grammy Awards. Early last year, Celine announced her three-year residency and return to The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, the world-renowned venue where she was the first to grace its stage. When her first show, A New Day…, opened on March 25, 2003, it went on to not only become one of the most successful shows in Las Vegas, but also redefined the entertainment industry. Celine would become the first artist at the height of her career to stop touring and invite fans to come to her.
By the time the show closed on December 15, 2007, more than three million fans spanning six continents and 138 countries had seen the show. Celine’s brand-new show, which opened March 15, has already received widespread critical acclaim from the world’s foremost media and entertainment outlets, and is selling out faster than her previous five-year engagement.
The Judds are the ACM’s most award-winning female duo, having won Vocal Duo of the Year seven years in a row, from 1984 through 1990, and Song of the Year in 1984 for “Why Not Me.” Kentucky natives, The Judds are one of the most successful country music duos of all time, amassing 14 No. 1 hits and more than 60 industry awards. After launching their career with RCA Records in 1984, The Judds sold 20 million albums in just six short years. By 1989, The Judds were one of the top-grossing and most popular touring acts in America. At the height of their career, Naomi Judd announced she would have to retire from the music business due to health complications. Then, last year, Wynonna and Naomi reunited for their final tour, The Last Encore. The Judds invited cameras from the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) to join them behind the scenes and on separate buses as they prepared for their first tour together in 10 years. “The Judds” documentary series two-hour premiere debuts on Sunday, April 10 on OWN.