Taylor Swift, Lionel Richie To Present; Brad Paisley Performing At ACMs

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Taylor Swift and Lionel Richie are scheduled as presenters and Dierks Bentley and Brad Paisley are set to perform as part of the "47th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards," Access Hollywood has learned

The ceremony, which honors country music's top talent as well as the industry's hottest emerging artists, is will be broadcast live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 1 at 8 PM on CBS.

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Richie and Swift join previously announced presenters Beth Behrs and Hunter Hayes. In addition, Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Sara Evans, Toby Keith, Miranda Lambert, Tim McGraw, Blake Shelton, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, Chris Young, The Band Perry, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town and Rascal Flatts have been announced as performers at ceremony.

Martina McBride, along with Train frontman Pat Monahan, is scheduled to perform her new single "Marry Me" on the telecast. To celebrate the message of the song, McBride and Monahan will perform the duet during a special moment in the show when a couple will get married live onstage.

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For the first time in ACM Awards history - and perhaps any awards history - a live wedding ceremony will take place onstage.

McBride personally selected the lucky recipients of the onstage nuptials.

Couple Christina Davidson and Frank Tucci thought they would never find love again. In July of 2009, Frank lost his wife, Danielle to thyroid cancer and in that same year, Christina lost her husband, Paul, in a tragic drowning accident. As a way to deal with the grief of losing her husband and raising her two sons, Stephen and Paul on her own, Christina started a support group for young widows and widowers in Washington Township, N.J. where she met Frank.

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Slowly their friendship blossomed into love as they bonded over their shared views about the challenges of single parenthood and the struggles to keep the memories of their spouses alive.

Their wedding will mark a new chapter in their lives, an intimate moment which they will graciously share onstage. The bride will be wearing an Oleg Cassini gown as she recites her vows. Fans can also follow Christina and Frank along their journey to the chapel at www.ACMwedding.com.

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