Martina McBride to Play Wedding Singer at ACM Awards
A couple hand-selected by Martina will exchange vows during her performance.
Martina McBride is making history at the Academy of Country Music Awards this year—and, in the process, giving one lucky couple a wedding they will never forget. Martina will perform her latest single, "Marry Me," with Train's Pat Monahan (the romantic tune was previously a Top 40 Billboard hit for Train), as the live audience and viewers at home witness the first live wedding ceremony to ever take place during the ACM awards.
Martina hand-selected the couple, Christina Davidson and her fiancé, Frank Tucci. In 2009, Frank lost his first wife to thyroid cancer. The same year, Christina's first husband died in a drowning accident. To ease the grief of losing her husband and to help raise her two sons, Stephen and Paul, Christina started a support group for widows and widowers in Washington Township, N.J. She met Frank through the support group, and the friendship slowly blossomed into love.
On Martina's website, a "wedding invitation" has been posted, along with a tidbit or two of info on the nuptials. Christina will wear an Oleg Cassini gown while reciting her vows.
"What a beautiful couple," Martina said via Twitter, "I can't wait to share in the most special moment of their lives!"
The Academy of Country Music Awards airs Sunday (April 1) on CBS.