Wednesday, April 21, 2010
– The stars came out Monday to salute Brooks & Dunn in Las Vegas during an all-star concert with folks like Kenny Chesney Keith Urban and Taylor Swift performing.
"ACM Presents: Brooks & Dunn - The Last Rodeo" at the MGM Grand also attracted Carrie Underwood, George Strait (Boot Scootin' Boogie) and Miranda Lambert with their take on B&D songs along with storeis..
"Twenty years," Taylor Swift joked, "To me that's like a lifetime." Swift gave Dunn a video of him imitating Swift's head shake.
"You had no idea how important that moment is because in 20 years that's the first time I've ever seen him mess his hair up," Kix Brooks told Swift.
Faith Hill, who sang The Long Goodbye, told a story of opening for Brooks & Dunn during the early 1990s. She went back to her hotel room. "I pulled back my covers, tucked myself in bed and there it was: a slimy eel thawing out in my sheets," Hill said.
A total of 16 acts performed at the concert, which will air May 23 on CBS.
Other performances included Lady Antebellum singers Hillary Scott and Charles Kelley with Dunn and Reba McEntire on stage for If You See Him/If You See Her. Chesney turned in You're Going to Miss Me When I'm Gone. Lambert picked Hillbilly Deluxe, while Underwood sang Neon Moon.
Poet Maya Angelou offered a video address. "In their whole body of work, they've shown how much they care about the human condition," she said.
Singer Jennifer Hudson then performed Believe, getting a strong reaction from the crowd.
McEntire sangIndian Summer, and Sugarland offered Red Dirt Road.
Brooks & Dunn received an Academy of Country Music Milestone Award and closed the evening with an ensemble version of Play Something Country.
Brooks & Dunn are launching their farewell tour, which ends in August in Nashville.