Garth Brooks and George Strait will perform together for the first time at the ACM Awards in Las Vegas on April 7. Brooks and Strait are both recipients of the ACM’s Artist of the Decade award for the 1990s and the 2000s, respectively.
Their performance will celebrate the renaming of the award to the ACM Dick Clark Artist of the Decade award in honor of the iconic figure and longtime producer of the ACM Awards.
Clark began producing the ACM Awards in 1979. He died in 2012. Clark’s son, R.A. Clark, is now an executive producer of the show and personally invited Strait and Brooks to perform this year.
“Dick helped make country music accessible to a larger fan base, and his efforts will not be forgotten,” Strait said. “Garth and I were so grateful when we each received the ACM Artist of the Decade award, so it’s only fitting that we’ll be honoring him with this tribute performance at the ACMs.”
“I commend the Academy on naming the ACM Artist of the Decade award after Dick Clark,” 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 a 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 and a dear friend to me.”
The ACM Awards will air live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena on CBS.