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
Merle on stage in 2014 (Wade Payne/AP/Press Association Images

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 Keith performs at the 46th Annual Songwriters Hall Of Fame Induction and Awards Gala at the Marriott Marquis in 2015 (Evan Agostini/AP/Press Association Images

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)
Carrie Underwood will perform at the ceremony. (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.

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