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All Vegas All The Time: All eyes are on Las Vegas as Music City takes over for Sunday's (4/3) 46th Annual Academy Of Country Music Awards. Stars are already en route for the weekend-long party, which includes the Sara Evans- and Ronnie Dunn-headlined ACM Weekend On Fremont Street Experience, the Blake Shelton-hosted NRA Country-ACM Celebrity Shoot, the USO Concertat Nellis Air Force Base and, last but not least, the double arena behemoth of the ACM Awards and the simultaneous Sugarland-headlined ACM Fan Jam. "Anything can happen," co-host Reba says of the ACMs. "That's the best part about a live show. You never know what's going to happen, and I love live television." Co-hosting with the sharp-tongued Shelton may have the CBS-TV's tape-delay button pusher on edge. "That's going to be different," Reba says. "[It's going to be] full of surprises. You got to tune in to see what's going on."
Late additions include presenters Luke Bryan, the Judds, Miranda Lambert, Gossip Girl actor Chace Crawford and Celine Dion. Entertainer and New Artist of the Year text-to-vote polls open when the telecast begins (voting is currently underway at VoteACM.com and will remain open during the show). Capping the weekend of ACM-goodness is Monday's (4/4) Girls' Night Out: Superstar Women of Country — The Concert of the Year taping, which added performers the Band Perry, Sara Evans, the JaneDear girls, Little Big Town, Ashley Monroe, John Fogerty and Angaleena Presley, who will celebrate the Judds, Lambert, Loretta Lynn, Martina McBride, Jennifer Nettles, Reba and Carrie Underwood. Additional details and updates here.
» Chicken Dinners All Around:Reba, Taylor Swift and Garth Brooks are already big Vegas winners ... and we're not talking about the casinos. They're among the off-camera honorees for Sunday's ACMs (4/3). Reba's the 2011 Career Achievement recipient; Swift's the Jim Reeves International Award honoree (for her "outstanding contributions to the worldwide popularization of country music"); and Brooks with Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers are Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award recipients. The Poet's Award will go to Tom T. Hall and the late Hank Cochran. The Tex Ritter Award for film featuring country music goes to Country Strong. All the winners will be celebrated during the ACM Honors event at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium in the fall. Download a full list of off-camera ACM Award winners here.
» Wide Open: Former ACM Top Male Vocalist Jason Aldean will pull double duty during Sunday's ACMs as a performer and first-time Entertainer of the Year nominee, but he's not nervous. "If you have a blunder, there's no fixing it," he says. "It's going to be on YouTube the next day for sure. Other than that, you just go out there and have fun." But there's nothing to prepare him for the anticipation leading up to the Entertainer category. "That's going to be a new one for me," Aldean says. "I'm definitely looking forward to it ... It's not something that I'm going in thinking it's a shoe-in. But it's going to be cool to be nominated and to actually be a part of that side of it this year."
» Outstanding In The Field: "That category is fierce," Little Big Town's Jimi Westbrook says of ACM Vocal Group of the Year contenders. Wife and bandmate Karen Fairchild agrees, claiming fellow Group nominees Lady Antebellum, Randy Rogers Band, the Band Perry and Zac Brown Band make "the best music in the format." She adds, "Pretty big names [were] left off the list this year, which was a shock to us,. So, we never take it for granted because we weren't sure we would be on there."
» Rolling With It: Sunday's ACMs will be a reality check for Easton Corbin, whose "A Little More Country Than That" is up for Single Record and Song of the Year. "It's definitely confirmation that my dreams are coming true, and I hope that's not done happening," Corbin says. "It's just confirmation that I'm really here, and I'm really doing this because this is a dream that a lot of people have. I've been very blessed and fortunate enough to have the opportunity to [live this dream]." See the nominees list here.
» Taylor Turns Twenty: Congrats to Taylor Swift for logging more than 20 million album sales worldwide. The total represents cumulative sales of Swift's self-titled debut, Fearless, Speak Now, The Taylor Swift Holiday Collection and the Wal-Mart exclusive Beautiful Eyes. Additionally, Swift has sold more than 33 million singles, making her the top-selling digital artist in music history. An official plaque presentation occurred prior to Swift's closing Speak Now World Tour 2011 international date at London's O2 Arena Wednesday (3/30). "I'm absolutely blown away by the 20 million records plaque," Swift tells the Associated Press. "It's just sort of beyond my comprehension to get a plaque like that. The fact that the fans have done that much for me in such a short period of time is just unreal." View the presentation here.
» The Ploys Of Summer: With the help of Brad Paisley, Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Don Henley (the Eagles) and Oscar winner Clint Eastwood have gone country. Well, at least for Paisley's upcoming album This Is Country Music, which features Henley on "Love Her Like She's Leavin'" and Eastwood on the appropriately titled "Eastwood." "I think he has potential, this kid," Paisley jokingly says of Eastwood. "Or should I say, 'punk'?" A newly released TICM track listing also reveals Paisley enlisted Carrie Underwood ("Remind Me") Blake Shelton ("Don't Drink The Water") and Marty Stuart and Sheryl Crow ("Life's Railway To Heaven") for the album. The lead single "Old Alabama" features, of course, Alabama. Paisley co-wrote all but three songs on the 15-track collection.
» Lock 'N' Roll:Toby Keith's Locked & Loaded Tour will launch June 30 in Mt. Pleasant, MI. Eric Church will open the trek, which has 30 confirmed dates. More concerts are being scheduled including 12 European stops. The high-tech set includes 1,000 square feet of video screens, pyrotechnics and an oversized T-shaped ramp through the "Club T" party pit. A spring USO tour is also in the works. Full itinerary here.
» He's Got Whatever It Is, That Blows Them Away: Zac Brown Band frontman Zac Brown will co-host the Outdoor Channel's new hunting show Fear No Evil with Chris Brackett. The series premieres Sunday (4/3) and highlights the art of hunting. Details here.
» A Few Ole Country Boys: Twenty-two celebrity guests including Zac Brown Band, Kristin Chenoweth, Kenny Chesney, Don Henley, Alan Jackson, Jamey Johnson, George Jones, Kris Kristofferson, Tim McGraw, Willie Nelson, Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood will duet with Randy Travis on his new album Anniversary Celebration, which hits stores June 7. Travis' classics "Forever And Ever, Amen," "He Walked On Water," "Promises" and "Diggin' Up Bones" are interspersed among new songs including "Everything And All," "T.I.M.E.," "Love Looks Good On You" and "More Life." Complete track listing and guest info here.
» In Case You Missed It:Blake Shelton plugged The Voice and discussed drunk-hosting Sunday's (4/3) 46th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards during Tuesday night's Chelsea Lately (3/29). "I think I'm better when I drink," Shelton told host Chelsea Handler, who doubted his co-host Reba would put up with a tipsy sidekick. "You know how it is," Shelton continued. "You're drunk right now. You learn to do these things in an alcoholic haze, and it makes things easier." Elsewhere on the tube, Little Big Town performed "The Reason Why" on Conan and The Talk, where they also discussed balancing family time with their careers. "My daughter thinks its normal to sleep 'til noon," LBT's Phillip Sweet shared. Dierks Bentley performed " Am I The Only One" on the Tonight Show With Jay Leno. During Monday's Fox & Friends (3/28), Josh Thompson performed " Won't Be Lonely Long" and discussed driving Roy Orbison's Cadillac in an " After The Show Show" online exclusive video. Follow the links for the footage.
Kenny Chesney: Summer In 3D is now available on DVD and Blu-Ray. Six stadium concerts from the Sun City Carnival tour are featured, and extras include rare archival footage, behind-the-scenes moments and a photo gallery. View the trailer here.
"Kid" friendly reminder: Taylor Swift, Lady Antebellum and Jennette McCurdy are among the nominees up for surfboards during Saturday's Kids' Choice Awards (4/2) at 8pm ET on Nickelodeon.
Lee Ann Womack will perform during Good Housekeeping magazine's Shine On awards celebrating women's positive impact on society. Model/actress Rebecca Romijn will host the April 12 event at New York City's Radio City Music Hall. Proceeds will benefit Washington, DC's Women's History Museum. Details here.
Lady Antebellum, Carrie Underwood, Martina McBride, the Oak Ridge Boys and JerrodNiemann will perform on the Tuesday night Grand Ole Opry during CMA Music Fest week (6/7). Niemann will also headline the free Opry Plaza Party that afternoon. Through May 2, the Opryis also offering a chance to win a flyaway package including a Lady A meet-and-greet, roundtrip airfare, hotel accommodations and a four-day pass to CMA Fest. Details here.
Billy Dean (4/2) Emmylou Harris (4/2) Leon Russell (4/2) Hal Ketchum (4/4) Steve Gatlin (4/4)
Friday (4/1): Billy Ray Cyrus, The View (ABC); Keith Urban, Oprah Winfrey Show (syndicated); Blake Shelton, CBS Early Show.
Saturday (4/2): Reba, Backstory (GAC).
Sunday (4/3): Various Artist, ACM Red Carpet Live! (GAC); Various Artists, 46th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards (CBS).
Monday (4/4): Josh Thompson, Better TV (syndicated