The Academy of Country Music announced today that Sara Evans, Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban are scheduled to perform as part of the 47th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards. In addition, 2 Broke Girls’ Beth Behrs and Entertainment Tonight’s Nancy O’Dell are scheduled as presenters.The ceremony, which honors country music’s top talent as well as the industry’s hottest emerging artists, is produced for television by dick clark productions and will be broadcast LIVE from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas Sunday, April 1, 2012 at 8 p.m. live ET/delayed PT on CBS.
These artists join previously announced performers Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Toby Keith, Miranda Lambert, Tim McGraw, Blake Shelton, Chris Young, The Band Perry, Lady Antebellum and Rascal Flatts.
Six years after her last studio album, ACM Award winning artist Sara Evans is back in a big way. She is nominated for Female Vocalist of the Year, an award she won in 2005. The lead single from her latest album, “A Little Bit Stronger, ” quickly became one of the most successful singles in Evans’ career. The song was a multi-week No. 1 single, making Evans the only female artist in 2011 to hold the No. 1 position for two consecutive weeks on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart as well as Country Aircheck. “A Little Bit Stronger” was written by Luke Laird, Hillary Lindsey and Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott and has been certified platinum by the RIAA.
Carrie Underwood is nominated for Female Vocalist of the Year, marking her seventh consecutive nomination in this category – which she has won three times. She is also nominated this year for Vocal Event of the Year for “Remind Me,” her duet with Brad Paisley. Having won a total of 10 ACM Awards, Underwood is also a two-time Entertainer of the Year. In 2010, she was honored with the ACM Triple Crown, an award presented to an elite group of country music artists who boast wins for New Artist, Male/Female Vocalist and Entertainer of the Year.
Keith Urban is a seven-time ACM Award winner including two wins for Male Vocalist of the Year, Album of the Year as both artist and producer for Be Here and Vocal Event of the Year for “Start A Band,” his duet with Brad Paisley. In 2010, Urban was honored with the Academy’s prestigious Jim Reeves International Award, in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the acceptance of country music worldwide.
Beth Behrs stars as Caroline Channing in this season’s number one new comedy, “2 Broke Girls,” on CBS. The show was named Favorite New Comedy at the 2012 People’s Choice Awards. A lifelong country music fan, Behrs not only joins the 47th Annual ACM Awards as a presenter, but also as the special social media correspondent. Fans will be able to follow her live updates from the ACM Awards on CBS.com/ACMs. To follow her live updates on Twitter, please visit @BethBehrs.
Emmy Award-winning journalist Nancy O’Dell, has proven to be a force in all areas of her career as a host, author, producer and entrepreneur. One of the country’s most respected and leading entertainment journalists, O’Dell is co-anchor of the most watched entertainment news program in the world, Entertainment Tonight.