Brad Paisley, Dierks Bentley, Brantley Gilbert, More Added As ACM Performers

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Country music’s big night just got even bigger.

The Academy of Country Music just announced that Brad PaisleyDierks BentleyHunter HayesBrantley GilbertJana Kramer and Florida Georgia Line will perform as a part of this year’s ACM Fan Jam. Taking place at the Orleans Hotel in Las Vegas, the fans-only live concert takes place during and after the 48th ACM Awards, and portions of the show will be broadcast live as part of the ACM Awards program on April 7.

ACM New Artist of the Year will also be announced from the ACM Fan Jam stage during the live broadcast. Nominees Gilbert, Kramer and Florida Georgia Line made it through the first round of fan voting and will now compete for the coveted award. Fans can vote for their favorite New Artist beginning Monday, March 25 through Sunday, April 7.

Previously announced ACM Awards performers include Luke BryanKelly ClarksonBlake SheltonGeorge StraitMiranda Lambert, and The Band Perry.

In terms of ACM Award nominations, Eric Church leads the pack this year with seven, Hunter Hayes has six, and Miranda Lambert and Taylor Swift each have five (see all the nominees).

The 48th annual ACM Awards air live from Las Vegas on Sunday, April 7 on CBS. The show is cohosted this year by Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan. Blake and Luke are also two of this year’s five nominees for Entertainer of the Year; that list also includes Miranda Lambert, Jason Aldean, and last year’s winner, Taylor Swift. Fan voting to determine the winner of that category will begin March 25.

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