ACM Awards to feature Merle Haggard tributes
Merle Haggard performs during rehearsals for the 56th Annual Grammy Awards at the Staples Center, on Friday, Jan. 24, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
The Associated Press
Published Friday, March 28, 2014 10:50AM EDT
NASHVILLE -- Country music's biggest stars are turning out for a salute to Merle Haggard.
Miranda Lambert and George Strait will team up to perform a tribute medley of Haggard's hits during the Academy of Country Music Awards on April 6, and Garth Brooks will present the singer-songwriter with the academy's Crystal Milestone Award. Songs Lambert and Strait will perform include "Tonight the Bottle Let Me Down" and "I'm A Lonesome Fugitive."
The academy also announced Friday morning that The Band Perry will open the show with a performance, Hunter Hayes will perform for a child hunger charity campaign, and Luke Bryan and Florida Georgia Line will team with Nitro Circus Action Stars, an action sports troupe.
Bryan and Blake Shelton co-host the CBS show.