American Country Countdown Awards to honour Merle Haggard


Singer and songwriter Toby Keith will perform a tribute to the late Country giant Merle Haggard during the American Country Countdown Awards on May 1.

Merle  Haggard

Dick clark productions and Cumulus Media announced on Wednesday that the awards show would include a special tribute to the "Okie from Muskogee" singer and songwriter, who died on his 79th birthday on April 6. Oscar-winning actor Matthew McConaughey will introduce the performance.

Toby Keith

Toby will perform with Merle's longtime backing band, The Strangers, which includes his son Ben.

Merle's widow, Theresa, will also be in attendance.

Other performers include Carrie Underwood  (Starmax/Starmax/Empics)

Other performers for the show include Luke Bryan, Carrie Underwood, Brooks & Dunn, Martina McBride, Florida Georgia Line, Kelsea Ballerini, Sam Hunt and Cam. The show will air live on Fox from the Forum in Inglewood, California.