Image Credit: David Atlas/Retna/Retna LtdGreetings from Las Vegas, Mixers, where I’m in town gearing up for this weekend’s Academy of Country Music Awards. The show will beam into your living rooms via CBS at 8pm this Sunday night, and we’ll be live-blogging it; I’ll also be bringing you my usual semi-live blog coverage of rehearsals for the next three days, as well as keeping you up to date on all the breaking news and exciting happenings here in the vast Neonopolis of Nevada. Yes, that’s right: exciting.

First bit of exclusive news! Gloriana, Joey + Rory, and Luke Bryan — Top New Artist contenders all — have been added to the lineup of performers for the big show. They join already announced headliners like Brooks & Done Dunn (last time I’ll make that joke, I swear), Lady Antebellum, Kenny Chesney, Jason Aldean, Blake Shelton, Tim McGraw, Miranda Lambert, and your hostess with the mostess, Ms. Reba McEntire. Stay tuned here for scoop on all those performances, as well as (hopefully) interviews with the stars themselves. The stars absolutely love it when I shove my tape recorder in their face right after they finish rehearsing. Yes, that’s right: love. it.

Now I want to hear from you, country fans: Who are you excited to see? Who do you most want me to interview, and what should I ask? Who’s your vote for Entertainer of the Year? And if I wrote incendiary things here about Carrie and/or Taylor, which fanbase would leave more comments defending their favorite blonde?

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