ACM Awards Preview
Stars are shining in Las Vegas this weekend, as country music's biggest names descend upon Sin City for the 44th annual Academy of Country Music Awards.
Brad Paisley and George Strait lead the pack of nominees with seven nods each. Paisley has already won two early awards: Video of the Year for 'Waitin' on a Woman' and Vocal Event of the Year for his 'Start a Band' duet with Keith Urban. Paisley, Strait and Urban are all also up for the night's biggest award, Entertainer of the Year, along with Carrie Underwood and last year's winner, Kenny Chesney.
Reba McEntire will host the ACMs and will also perform, debuting her new single, 'Strange.' The country icon says she's most looking forward to a surge of girl power on the show.
"I like to see what the girls are going to do," Reba tells PEOPLE. "The guys ... they get up there and they sing. It's just that way, and the girls put on a better show."
The ACM Awards air live this Sunday at 8 PM ET on CBS. See a full list of performers, presenters and nominees after the jump.
2009 ACM AWARDS NOMINEES:
Entertainer of the Year
Top Male Vocalist
Top Female Vocalist
Lee Ann Womack
Top Vocal Group
Little Big Town
The Lost Trailers
Randy Rogers Band
Top Vocal Duo
Big & Rich
Brooks & Dunn
Joey & Rory
Top New Artist
Zac Brown Band
Previously Announced ACM Winners:
Home Depot Humanitarian Award: LeAnn Rimes
Top New Male Vocalist: Jake Owen
Top New Female Vocalist: Julianne Hough
Top New Vocal Duo or Group: Zac Brown Band
Video of the Year: 'Waitin' on a Woman' - Brad Paisley
Vocal Event of the Year: 'Start A Band' - Brad Paisley and Keith Urban
2009 ACM AWARDS PERFORMERS:
Lee Ann Womack
2009 ACM AWARDS PRESENTERS:
Billy Ray Cyrus
Jennifer Love Hewitt