The Academy of Country Music has announced their full line-up of artists for their Lionel Richie special. The all-star concert tapes on April 2nd in Las Vegas, a day after the ACM awards, but will be aired on CBS on April 13th. Lionel is celebrating the release of his country duets album “Tuskegee” in a big way by inviting some of his friends to perform with his at the special. Joining Lionel on-stage will be Rascal Flatts, Kenny Chesney, Kenny Rogers, and Tim McGraw. Singing some of Lionel’s biggest hits as a tribute to the singer will be The Band Perry, Lady Antebellum, Sara Evans, Martina McBride, Tim McGraw, Jason Aldean, Jennifer Nettles, and Luke Bryan.
“It has been so rewarding to have my songs embraced by country music artists,” said Lionel Richie. “Since Conway Twitty recorded ‘Three Times a Lady’ and Kenny Rogers sang ‘Lady,’ I have been welcomed into the country music family with open arms. It’s the ultimate compliment to have country artists record and perform songs that I’ve written. I’ve always felt right at home in country because I was raised just down the road from Nashville in Tuskegee, Alabama, where I was immersed in country, R&B, gospel and classical music. This show will be a homecoming and family reunion combined, and I’m so glad that viewers will be able to share these special moments with us. It will be a night that I will remember for the rest of my life.”
Tickets for “Lionel Richie And Friends In Concert” are on-sale right now at ticketmaster.com. Tickets start at $100 and benefit ACM Lifting Lives, which focuses on improving lives in the United States through music.