Shakira And Shelton Perform Together At Country Awards

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Famous singer Shakira and The Voice colleague Blake Shelton will perform as a team at the Academy of Country Music Awards on Sunday, April 6th.

The couple will perform her new song Medicine in Las Vegas.

Executive producer R.A. Clark said, “the Shakira-Shelton duet came from Shakira’s folks reaching out to us, saying we have this opportunity and would you be interested? As producers we’re always looking for these moments when we can bring folks together. We think it’s great for the show.”

‘Medicine,’ which will debut on the Country Airplay chart this week at No. 57, appears on Shakira’s self-titled album that was released on March 25th and is expected to debut in the top five of this week’s Billboard 200.

In other ACM news, Academy of Country Music CEO Bob Romeo said, “A lot of people don’t know who Kip Moore, Justin Moore or Brett Eldredge are, so we don’t know how to define ‘new’,” Romeo said on a conference call with executives from CBS, the ACMs and show producer Dick Clark Productions. “We’ll look at (changing the title to) an emerging artist award. A lot of artists have been out there who haven’t achieved initial success and that line (defining new) has become grayer for us. We did alter the criteria (this year).”

The Band Perry is opening the show. Garth Brooks, George Strait and Miranda Lambert will also appear to tribute Crystal Award recipient Merle Haggard.

Merle was named Best New Artist at the ACMs 50 years ago.

In addition to his performance, Shelton will also co-host the event with his pal Luke Bryan.

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