Dierks Bentley, Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum, Pitbull, Jason Aldean, Taylor Swift to perform at 'Tim McGraw's Superstar Summer Night'by jmaloni
Country music superstars Dierks Bentley, Keith Urban and Lady Antebellum, along with international music sensation Pitbull, have been added to the all-star lineup of artists scheduled to perform at the "ACM Presents: Tim McGraw's Superstar Summer Night," taping Monday, April 8, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. They join previously announced performers Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Taylor Swift and Ne-Yo. The special will be broadcast at a later date on the CBS Television Network.
Fifteen-time ACM Award winner McGraw is spotlighting the hottest music of the summer and calling on his friends to help kick off the 2013 tour season. "ACM Presents: Tim McGraw's Superstar Summer Night" will feature high-octane performances and musical collaborations in a two-hour, star-studded concert event to benefit ACM "Lifting Lives," the philanthropic arm of the Academy of Country Music dedicated to improving lives through the power of music.
For 20 years, Tim McGraw has provided a powerful connection with his audience. With "Two Lanes of Freedom," his new album - and first release for Big Machine Records - the singer is covering his broadest emotional range yet, with a set of songs that looks forward and back, gets deep and gets loose, and reveals that even the biggest stars can continue to grow with consistency and maturity.
In his record-shattering career, McGraw has sold more than 40 million albums and dominated the charts with 33 No. 1 singles. Since the release of his debut album in 1993, he has won three Grammy Awards, 15 Academy of Country Music Awards, 12 Country Music Association Awards and 10 American Music Awards, while simultaneously maintaining a parallel career as a successful actor in such films as "The Blind Side," "Country Strong" and "Friday Night Lights," as well as hosting "Saturday Night Live," a rare honor for a singer in any genre. McGraw has never been afraid of breaking new ground. Over the years, he has collaborated with musicians from Nelly to Tony Bennett to Def Leppard and Ne-Yo.
Each year, ACM "Lifting Lives" provides grants to music therapy and music education programs. Other giving includes serving members of the country music community who face unexpected medical or financial hardship through the Diane Holcomb Emergency Relief Fund and partnering with artists to improve lives through music. Since 2009, the ACM "Lifting Lives" on-stage moment during the Academy of Country Music Awards has raised more than $200,000 for designated charities. Downloads and direct donations of Toby Keith's performance on the 45th annual ACM broadcast and Darius Rucker's performance on the 46th annual telecast raised funds and awareness for Stand Up To Cancer and Vanderbilt Kennedy Center, respectively. For more information, visit www.ACMLiftingLives.org.