NASHVILLE, Tenn., March 6, 2013 - Country crooner Luke Bryan and pop singer Kelly Clarkson are among the first performers announced for this year's 48th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards. Slated for Sunday, April 7, the lineup (so far) also includes legend George Strait, Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, Hunter Hayes and The Band Perry. Live from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, the show will be hosted by Bryan and Shelton and broadcast on CBS at 8 p.m. EST.
"Springsteen" singer Eric Church leads this year's nominations with a whopping seven nods, including "Male Vocalist of the Year" and "Album of the Year" -- for his critically acclaimed Chief record. Hayes is next with six nominations. Then comes Lambert and Taylor Swift with five nominations apiece.
Clarkson, who is most known for her record-breaking pop music (see: "Stronger"), has been dabbling in Country music collaborations and solo work over the years. Previously, she's collaborated with Reba McEntire, Jason Aldean and Vince Gill. Currently, her single "Don't Rush," off her Greatest Hits collections, sits just inside the Top 30 on the Country radio airplay chart. Recently, she was also announced as a performer for this summer's rowdy CMA Music Festival in Nashville.
More performers and presenters will be announced at a later date.