Country music icons Garth Brooks and George Strait will honor the late Dick Clark at next month’s Academy of Country Music Awards. This will be the first time Brooks and Strait, but Country Music Hall of Famers, have performed together, according to USA Today on March 20.
Dick Clark began producing the ACM Awards in 1979, and Clark’s son R.A. Clark is one of the show’s executive producers. The tribute segment of the Academy of Country Music Awards will honor the music icon, and the ACM Artist of the Decade award will be renamed the ACM Dick Clark Artist of the Decade award. Dick Clark died a week after last year’s ACM awards show.
Both Garth Brooks and George Strait are recipients of the ACM Artist of the Decade Award, Brooks for the 1990s and Strait for the 2000s. George Strait announced his farewell tour in September 2012. Strait has no plans at this time to fully retire from country music. Brooks retired from touring and recording from 2001 until 2009. On October 15, 2009 Garth announced he would end his retirement, and in December 2009, Garth signed a five-year concert deal with the Encore Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.
In a media release, Garth Brooks said:
“Although there is no award the entertainment industry has that can match the magnitude of the star Dick Clark was, and still is, it is an honor to get to be part of the academy’s tribute to him. There may be others who have contributed as much to the music industry, but there is definitely no one that has contributed more than Dick Clark. He was music’s best friend, a dear friend to me.”
The 48th annual Academy of Country Music Awards hosted by Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan will air live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on April 7 on CBS at 8 p.m. ET.
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