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Bryan, Clarkson, Strait to perform at ACM Awards

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Already busy co-hosts Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan also will perform during this year's Academy of Country Music Awards.

The country cut-ups are among the first round of performers announced Wednesday for the annual awards show in Las Vegas. They'll be joined by Shelton's wife, Miranda Lambert, George Strait, Hunter Hayes and The Band Perry.

Pop star and former "American Idol" champion Kelly Clarkson, a two-time ACM winner in 2012 and a nominee this year, also will perform as she continues to increase her country profile since moving to Nashville.

The ACM Awards will air live April 7 on CBS from the MGM Grand. Eric Church is this year's top nominee with seven nominations. Hayes is next with six.

More performers and presenters will be announced later.



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Mar 6, 2013 6:27PM
None of them are country stars! They are rehashed 1970's Southern Rock stars who dress like porn stars who act like pop stars who have tuned REAL country music into a bunch of scummy ripped jeans tattooed and pierced circus stars.
Mar 6, 2013 7:23AM
Why is Kelly Clarkson all of a sudden a "country star"?  One duet with Jason Aldean does not a country singer make.  If I was one of the other real country singers that work hard all year to make and promote country music, I'd be pissed.
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