Country Music's best and brightest stars have gathered in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand Hotel in preparations for tomorrow night's ceremony to crown this year's ACM winners.
Neil Haislop reports rehearsals are taking place in the Grand Garden arena for performing artists and celebrity presenters, while nominees are rehearsing in their minds what to say and who to thank if their name is called.
The celebration began over the weekend with the annual celebrity motorcycle ride, as well as label showcases in suites, Lee Brice, for instance performed in a Curb suite and GRETCHEN WILSON did a rockin' take over of Fremont Street last night.
Gretchen tore into set that included songs from her new One of the Boys CD (in stores TOMORROW), with the confidence and raw energy that's come to mark her performances. And she was rewarded by true Gretchen fans that filled the street and sang all of her signature songs back to her.
For a few minutes it was the "WILSON TRIO" as Heart joined Gretchen on stage.
Gretchen has always acknowledged Nancy and Ann's influence on her music, and you could see on Gretchen's face she was loving being on stage with the sisters, who were just as glad to be there with Gretchen.
BIG&RICH, the guys that discovered Gretchen, stopped by to cheer.
John grabbed a guitar and joined his Muzik Mafia associate to the delight of the crowd, many of whom remember John and Kenny's great show on Fremont last year where Gretchen stopped by to support them for a couple of songs and wow the Fremont Street Experience crowd, estimated to be more than 25,000.
MONTGOMERY GENTRY HAD PERFORMED EARLIER in the day following the Motor Cycle Ride...and before Gretchen's set, Phil Vassar had cranked the crowd to a high pitch as well.
The Academy of Country Music Awards, honoring country music's top talentand hottest new artists, will broadcast live from the MGM Grand in LasVegas on Tuesday, May 15, at 8 PM ET/PT on the CBS Television Network.