Martina McBride, Jennifer Nettles, Cam kick off 2016 ACCAs

Three of country music’s leading ladies, Martina McBride, Jennifer Nettles and Cam, will kick off the 2016 American Country Countdown Awards, airing live from the Forum in Inglewood, CA on Sunday, May 1st from 8-10 pm ET live/PT tape-delayed on FOX. The trio will take the stage together for the first time and open the show with a performance of McBride’s No. 1 hit anthem “This One’s For the Girls.”

“I always look forward to singing this song because it resonates with so many different people of all different ages,” said Martina. “With Jennifer and Cam joining me for the first time, the song will be even more fun and I’m so happy we’ll be performing this together.”

The two-hour 2016 American Country Countdown Awards broadcast features 14 performances including: Kelsea Ballerini, 2016 NASH Icon Award presented by Ford F-Series recipients Brooks & Dunn, Luke Bryan, Cam, Dan + Shay, Florida Georgia Line, Sam Hunt, Chris Janson, Martina McBride, Thomas Rhett, Cole Swindell, Carrie Underwood, and Toby Keith’s tribute to Merle Haggard, with Haggard’s longtime band the Strangers.

Presenters at the second annual show include: pop music icon Paula Abdul, country newcomer Chase Bryant, Terry Crews (Brooklyn Nine Nine), Cat Deeley (So You Think You Can Dance), country singer/songwriter Sara Evans, American Idol winner Trent Harmon, current two-time finalist Jana Kramer, rising country star Chris Lane, country duo Maddie & Tae, Academy Award winner Matthew McConaughey, country singer/songwriter Scotty McCreery, 2014 NASH Icon Award recipient Reba McEntire, country superstar Jennifer Nettles, current finalist Michael Ray, up-and-coming singer/songwriter Canaan Smith, actor Luke Wilson and country music legend and actor Dwight Yoakam.

The American Country Countdown Awards is based on country music’s longest-running radio countdown show (43 years), American Country Countdown with Kix Brooks, and honors country music’s biggest stars, based on album sales and radio airplay. Finalists and winners for all categories are based on radio airplay charts, sales and streaming data from April 1, 2015 to March 28, 2016 provided by BuzzAngle Music. Touring data is from Pollstar “The Concert Hotwire.”

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