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George Strait and Garth Brooks, both of whom have been honored with the Academy of Country Music's Artist of the Decade Awards, will be performing together for the first time ever in tribute to Dick Clark at the 48th Annual ACM Awards, to be broadcast live from Las Vegas Sunday, April 7, on CBS.
Radio and TV icon Dick Clark served as the ACM Awards' longtime producer before he passed in 2012, and the organization's Artist of the Decade Award will be renamed the ACM Dick Clark Artist of the Decade Award.
“Dick helped make country music accessible to a larger fan base and his efforts will not be forgotten," said George Strait in a statement. "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," added Garth. "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."
Prior recipients of the ACM's Artist of the Decade Award other than George and Garth include Alabama, Loretta Lynn and Marty Robbins.