The Academy of Country Music has announced that Martina McBride, along with Train frontman Pat Monahan, will perform her new single “Marry Me” on the 47th Annual ACM Awards Sunday, April 1. To celebrate the message of the song, McBride and Monahan will perform the duet during a live onstage wedding ceremony—an ACM Awards first. The song was written by Monahan and released in 2010 as the third single from Train’s album Save Me, San Francisco.
McBride personally selected couple Christina Davidson and Frank Tucci for the onstage nuptials. In 2009, Frank lost his wife to thyroid cancer and Christina lost her husband in a tragic drowning accident. As a way to deal with the grief of losing her husband and raising her two sons on her own, Christina started a support group for young widows and widowers in New Jersey, where she met Frank and their friendship blossomed into love. The wedding marks a new chapter in their lives, an intimate moment which they will graciously share onstage. Fans can also follow Christina and Frank’s journey at www.ACMwedding.com.
Also newly added to the performance lineup are ACM Awards nominees Brad Paisley and Dierks Bentley, and Taylor Swift and Lionel Richie will be presenting Awards during the ceremony. Paisley and Bentley join previously announced performers 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.
The ACM Awards is produced for television by dick clark productions and will be broadcast Live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas Sunday, April 1, 2012 at 8:00 PM live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network.