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John Mayer to Join Brad Paisley Onstage at ACM Awards

The guitar players will perform together at April 7th ceremony

John Mayer and Brad Paisley.
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April 5, 2013 1:35 PM ET

John Mayer has been added to the Academy of Country Music Awards ceremony on April 7th, where the singer, songwriter and guitarist will join Brad Paisley onstage for a special performance. Other performers include co-hosts Luke Bryan and Blake Shelton, as well as Taylor Swift, Stevie Wonder, Carrie Underwood, Kelly Clarkson, Miranda Lambert, Garth Brooks, Kenny Chesney, Jason Aldean, Eric Church and more.

Eric Church, Hunter Hayes Lead Academy of Country Music Awards Nominees

Church leads nominees with seven nods, including Male Vocalist of the Year, Album of the Year for Chief and two Song of the Year nominations for "Springsteen." Hunter Hayes follows with six nominations, while Lambert and Swift are close behind with five each. The 48th Annual ACM Awards will be broadcast live on CBS from Las Vegas's MGM Grand Garden Arena. For a full list of nominees, visit the Academy's website.

Mayer, who confirmed his breakup with Katy Perry this week, is preparing for his first tour in three years, after twice undergoing surgery to remove granulomas from his throat. 

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