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Hot Dish: Cookin’ With Country Stars, she also hosts CMT’s Southern Fried Flicks With Hazel Smith and shares her
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Just when you think the Academy of Country
Music Awards show can’t get any bigger or more exciting, they announce that Garth
Brooks and George Strait will be there to perform together for
the very first time.
They’re both recipients of the ACM’s Artist of the Decade award — Garth for the 1990s and George
for the 2000s. Their performance will celebrate the renaming of the award to the ACM Dick Clark Artist of the Decade award
in honor of the iconic figure and longtime producer of the ACM Awards.
Clark, who died in 2012, began producing the
ACM Awards in 1979. His son, R.A. Clark, is now an executive producer of the show and personally invited Garth and George
to perform during the show taking place April 7 in Las Vegas.
Garth says he thinks naming the Artist of the Decade
Award after Clark is a great idea.
“Although there is no award the entertainment industry has that can match the magnitude
of the star Dick Clark was — and still is — it is an honor to get to be a part of the Academy’s tribute to him,” he said.
“There may be others who have contributed as much to the music industry, but there is definitely no one that has contributed
more than Dick Clark. He was music’s best friend and a dear friend to me.”
Even before that big announcement was made
last week, the ACM had already assembled a powerhouse lineup of performers for the awards show, including Jason
Aldean, Kenny Chesney, Eric
Church, Tim McGraw, Taylor
Swift, Carrie Underwood, Lady
Antebellum and Little Big Town. Other performers include Kelly Clarkson, Hunter
Hayes, Miranda Lambert, The
Band Perry and co-hosts Blake Shelton and Luke
The ACM Awards will air live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena on CBS.
Kellie and Wynonna Are Dancing
With the Stars
I was so very proud of Kellie Pickler and
Wynonna Judd last week when they made their debut on ABC’s Dancing With
the Stars. It must be hard work, too. Kellie said her feet were blistered and bleeding after the first rehearsal. She’s
still trying to toughen herself up and is in the dance competition for the long haul.
“I’m here to dance,” Kellie told
CMT Radio. “I wanna bring that shiny mirror ball home to Tennessee.”
The CMA Songwriters Series
returned to the Library of Congress’ Coolidge Auditorium in Washington, D.C., with a Wednesday night (March 20) performance
featuring Ronnie Milsap, Lorrie
Morgan, Jim Beavers and host Bob DiPiero.
I don’t know about you, but I love Don
Williams‘ “Imagine That” video featuring Keith
Urban. Between Don’s wonderful voice and Keith’s million-dollar smile and trillion-dollar guitar playing, it’s just out
of this world.
Jake Owen and Lady
Antebellum‘s Charles Kelley will be performing during the Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival taking place April 2-6 at
venues throughout Nashville. Besides Jake and Charles, the festival will also feature Ashley
Monroe, Jim Lauderdale, Tracy
Lawrence, Amy Grant, Sugarland‘s Kristian Bush and former American
Idol judge Kara DioGuardi, among many others.
See the Hot Dish recipe of the week: Sausage
and Egg Casserole.