The Academy of Country Music (ACM) has added three women — and quite a few men — to its Girls’ Night Out: Superstar Women of Country — The Concert of the Year television taping at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on April 4. Plus, all five of the honorees will perform during the show.
The Judds and Loretta Lynn have joined the concert’s all-star lineup, along with Jason Aldean, Ronnie Dunn, Vince Gill, Rascal Flatts and Blake Shelton. As previously announced, the television special salutes the achievements of Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride, Reba McEntire, Carrie Underwood and Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles.
Throughout the concert, each presenter will perform a solo and occasionally duet with their honoree. Duets include Dunn with Nettles, Rascal Flatts with McEntire and Gill with Underwood, as well as special performances by Aldean and Shelton, with more to be announced.
The Judds are the most award-winning female duo in ACM history and scored a No. 1 hit with the feisty single, “Girls Night Out,” in 1985. They also won a song of the year award for their 1984 single, “Why Not Me.”
Lynn is the only female artist to be named the ACM’s Artist of the Decade (1970s), entertainer of the year and female vocalist of the year. Her updated version of “Coal Miner’s Daughter” featuring Sheryl Crow and Lambert, from a recent tribute album, is nominated for an ACM award this year.
In addition, Lambert is the only woman with two trophies in the album category, and McBride will be honored for her dedication to social consciousness as well as her three wins as female vocalist. Meanwhile, Nettles will be recognized for being one of only two female artists in ACM history to solely-write and perform the winning song of the year (Sugarland’s “Stay” ). McEntire will be saluted for winning the female vocalist award a record-setting seven times, and Underwood will be recognized as the only woman to win the entertainer crown twice.
Tickets, priced at $100, $150 and $200, are now available at Ticketmaster. Proceeds will benefit the charitable organization, ACM Lifting Lives. The two-hour Girls’ Night Out special will air on April 22 on CBS.