It will be a big country music night in Las Vegas. Country music fans have descended on the strip for the 42nd annual Academy of Country Music Awards, and you can watch it live on NewsChannel 5.
George Strait leads the pack of nominees. He's up for eight ACM awards, including entertainer of the year and top male vocalist. Brooks and Dunn are up for seven awards, including top vocal duo. They've won an all-time high 21 ACM duo awards. Rascal Flatts has a chance at six awards, including album of the year for "Me and My Gang" and single of the year for "What Hurts the Most." Carrie Underwood is up for five ACM awards. Reba McEntire is hosting the awards show.
Kenny Chesney is going for the "three-peat." Chesney is trying to become one of four artists to win three straight ACM entertainer of the year awards. He says the award is "more than just a trophy on a mantle. It's a reflection of a lot of sacrifice." Others vying for entertainer of the year are George Strait, Brooks and Dunn, Tim McGraw and Rascal Flatts.
Josh Turner says he didn't think his song "Me and God" would ever make it on an album, let alone become a hit country single. He says he didn't think it had any commercial value. He says he wrote the song for himself, "almost like a journal entry." Turner recorded the duet with bluegrass great Ralph Stanley. The song is nominated for vocal event of the year at Tuesday night's ACM awards. Turner says he wrote the song about his relationship with God. He says Stanley gave the song an added dimension, as someone who's lived 80 years and has had his own spiritual experiences.
The ceremony airs live on NewsChannel 5 at 7:00 p.m.