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VOL. 38 | NO. 13 | Friday, March 28, 2014

Lambert, Strait to salute Haggard at ACM Awards

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NASHVILLE (AP) - Country music's biggest stars are turning out for a salute to Merle Haggard.

Miranda Lambert and George Strait will team up to perform a tribute medley of Haggard's hits during the Academy of Country Music Awards on April 6, and Garth Brooks will present the singer-songwriter with the academy's Crystal Milestone Award. Songs Lambert and Strait will perform include "Tonight the Bottle Let Me Down" and "I'm A Lonesome Fugitive."

The academy also announced Friday morning that The Band Perry will open the show with a performance, Hunter Hayes will perform for a child hunger charity campaign, and Luke Bryan and Florida Georgia Line will team with Nitro Circus Action Stars, an action sports troupe.

Bryan and Blake Shelton co-host the CBS show.