LAS VEGAS — Tim McGraw headlined an all-star CBS special on Monday night (April 8), presented
by the Academy of Country Music, yet most of the night was given over to top names in country music performing their own hits.
years past, these specials zeroed in on a certain person or idea — Lionel
Richie, Brooks Dunn or country’s women, for example. Titled ACM Presents:
Tim McGraw’s Superstar Summer Night, this year’s special took a different approach by gathering McGraw’s friends to mostly
sing something from their own catalog.
In other words, rather than hearing a few hours’ worth of McGraw’s material,
thousands of fans were offered the current singles from Jason Aldean, The Band Perry, Luke Bryan and others. Meanwhile,
Dierks Bentley and Keith Urban delivered summery
tunes to suit the theme. Once the show was in full swing, McGraw was rarely onstage for collaborations or introductions.
as the lights first dimmed in the MGM Grand Garden Arena, McGraw got the show rolling with duets from urban stars Pitbull
and Ne-Yo. McGraw also played newer tunes like “Mexicoma” and “One
of Those Nights.” Later on, vintage performance clips of McGraw entertained fans while the sets were changed behind the
Without giving away too much, show highlights included a sneak peek performance of a moody track from
Lady Antebellum’s upcoming album and a rendition of Florida
Georgia Line‘s “Cruise” with a rap section by Nelly. Meanwhile,
the impressive finale featured John Fogerty and many of his admirers jamming to a classic
It took about three hours to reach McGraw’s other performance segment, right after big hits sung by Brantley
Gilbert and Faith Hill. By then, fans embraced the chance to hear “Something
Like That” and “Two Lanes of Freedom” by the superstar himself.
The special is scheduled to air on CBS in May.