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Sugarland presents, Shelton performs at ACMs tonight

Sunday, April 5, 2009 – The Academy of Country Music announced today that Blake Shelton will perform, while Sugarland is slated to present as part of the 44th annual Academy of Country Awards show, hosted by Reba McEntire, tonight in Las Vegas on CBS.

Others presenting include Kaley Cuoco, who stars in CBS' The Big Bang Theory and will be featured in the upcoming film "Penthouse with Ryder Strong," and Marine Lt. Andrew Kinard, who was injured in Iraq and helped by the Wounded Warrior Project, a philanthropy that will benefit from Trace Adkins performance this evening.

Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: With or without band, Isbell satisfies – Usually, when an artist performs without his regular backing band, it becomes about mathematics of subtraction. That artist is armed with far fewer artistic weapons at his/her disposal, after all. In Jason Isbell's case, though, when he performed with just his wife and fiddler Amanda Shires, it was more about substitution than subtraction.... »»»
Concert Review: Grammy nominations aside, Yola, Kiah are the real deal – Grammy nominations do not make the artist, but Yola and opener Amythyst Kiah underscored time and again on this night that the honors were well deserved. In fact, Yola and Kiah's other group, Our Native Daughters, are nominated in the same category - Best American Roots. Yola has three other nominations as well. The clear winners... »»»