Shelton, Lambert's Pistol Annies to play at ACAs

The Associated Press, Monday, October 31, 2011, 9:29am (PDT)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert are adding their star power to The American Country Awards.

The country music couple are among the first performers announced for the second annual fan-voted awards show. Lambert will perform with her group Pistol Annies on the Dec. 5 live broadcast on Fox from Las Vegas.

Hot new acts Thompson Square, The Band Perry and Eli Young Band also will perform, along with co-hosts Trace Adkins and Kristin Chenoweth.

"American Idol" winner Scotty McCreery and runner-up Lauren Alaina also are among the stars scheduled to appear on the show.

Jason Aldean and Zac Brown Band are the lead nominees with eight apiece. Voting is open on the show's website until Nov. 11, except artist of the year, which closes Dec. 2.



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