Brooks & Dunn, the lauded country duo who called it quits in 2010, are reuniting for an organization that awarded them 27 trophies over the course of their 20-year career together. Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn, who pursued solo careers after their Last Rodeo tour wrapped nearly five years ago, will be among the performers at next month’s 50th ACM Awards at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Their stage reunion comes just ahead of the first dates of their Together in Vegas residency with Reba McEntire, which begins in June at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.
Also just announced for the ACM’s golden-anniversary celebration are a special duet by The Voice coach Christina Aguilera with surprise artists; the teaming of pop star Nick Jonas with country duo Dan + Shay; and performances by Alan Jackson, Martina McBride, Brad Paisley, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town and Rascal Flatts.
That latest slate of performers joins previously announced artists Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Garth Brooks, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Miranda Lambert, Reba, Blake Shelton, George Strait, Keith Urban and Florida Georgia Line, along with ACM New Artist of the Year nominees Sam Hunt, Thomas Rhett and Cole Swindell.
The star-studded awards show will follow the two-day ACM Party for a Cause Festival, April 17th and 18th at Arlington’s Globe Life Park, where Bryan, Lambert, Chesney and Florida Georgia Line join Alabama, Clint Black and Patty Loveless among the acts on the bill. The outdoor music festival will be taped for a two-hour special, ACM Presents: Superstar Duets!, which airs May 15th on CBS. Also on April 17th will be the “One Night, Two Cities, All Music” charity event, hosted by Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood and featuring Lady Antebellum, Keith Urban, Hunter Hayes and Little Big Town. Organized by ACM Lifting Lives, the philanthropic arm of the Academy of Country Music, proceeds from the two simultaneous concerts will be donated to several Texas-based organizations including Garth Brooks’ charity, Teammates for Kids, along with the Child Life Zones in Children’s Health of Dallas and Cook Children’s of Fort Worth.
Co-hosted by Luke Bryan and Blake Shelton, the 50th ACM Awards will be broadcast live from Arlington, Texas, Sunday, April 19th at 8:00 p.m. ET on CBS.