Garth Brooks, George Strait pair for ACM performance

The pair will pay tribute to Dick Clark

The Academy of Country Music has announced that country superstars Garth Brooks and George Strait will perform together for the first time in history at the 48th Academy of Country Music Awards this April.

Brooks and Strait are the latest recipients of the ACM Artist of the Decade Award and will perform together to pay tribute to Dick Clark live during the show from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on April 7th from 8 pm-11 pm ET/PT on CBS. The award is being renamed the ACM Dick Clark Artist of the Decade Award in honor of the iconic figure who also produced the ACMs since 1979.

Clark was an advocate for introducing a wide-range of musical genres to broader audiences over the course of his career. Clark died last year and helped make the Academy of Country Music Awards one of the industry’s biggest events since his company Dick Clark Productions started producing the all star gala in 1979.

There have only been five recipients of the ACM Artist of the Decade Award since the show’s inception. They include Strait in 2009, Brooks in 1998, Alabama in 1988, Loretta Lynn in 1979 and Marty Robbins in 1969.

This announcement comes on the heels of Strait’s 60 For 60 campaign and the possibility of Brooks making a comeback later this year or next.

Author: Buddy Iahn

Buddy Iahn founded The Music Universe when he decided to juxtapose his love of web design and music. As a lifelong drummer, he decided to take a hiatus from playing music to report it. The website began as a fun project in 2013 to one of the top independent news sites.

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