The 46th annual Academy of Country Music Awards are coming up quickly--April 3--and, while the show always guarantees a roster of top-notch performances, here's a little surprise that will make music fans extra excited to tune in.official website (plus a tweet from the American Idol host himself), Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles will be performing with none other than pop/R&B sensation Rihanna at the ACMs. The pair will be singing Rihanna's "California King Bed," a tune off her latest album, Loud. Gonna be performing CKB wit my boo Jennifer Nettles of Sugarland!" Rihanna tweeted on Thursday. "I'm so bloody excited to be performing at the ACM's! What an honor..."
The duet will be part of the ACM's first-ever "Fan Jam," which will be hosted by Sugarland and will take place at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino both during and after the ACM Awards (taking place at the nearby MGM Grand Resort). The Fan Jam event will have live remotes into the ACM Awards telecast throughout the evening and allow fans to be a part of the show.
This isn't the first time Nettles has hit the stage with an R&B artist. In fact, just a few short months ago in December 2010, she performed Aretha Franklin's "Think" with Keri Hilson for Vh1's Divas Salute The Troops special.
Seacrest is in the loop with the ACMs as he's scheduled to be a presenter at the show. He'll be joined in presenting duties by Entertainment Tonight's Nancy O'Dell, as well as Twilight hunk Robert Pattinson and Reese Witherspoon, who are starring together in the upcoming film Water For Elephants.
There's also a whole huge haul of previously announced star performances on tap for the ACMs, including Toby Keith, Miranda Lambert, Brad Paisley, Taylor Swift, Keith Urban, the newly solo Ronnie Dunn, Carrie Underwood, and many more.
The ACM Awards will be broadcast live from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, April 3 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.
Are you surprised to hear that Jennifer will be performing with Rihanna? Be sure to let me know your thoughts!
As always, be sure to:
- Ryan Seacrest
- Jennifer Nettles