The pair of superstars will be joined on stage by ZZ Top member Billy Gibbons for a cover of the rock band’s massive hit “Tush.”
This year’s ACM Awards will also feature a slew of other cross-genre duets, including the highly buzzed-about duet between Dolly Parton and pop star Katy Perry. New Orleans jazz artist Trombone Shorty will also collaborate with Dierks Bentley on his new track “Mardi Gras,” while newcomer Kelsea Ballerini will be joined by pop and R&B artist Nick Jonas.
The ACM’s sudden interest in featuring collaborations with non-country artists is likely an attempt to bring in viewership from those who may not otherwise tune in. As seen at this year’s Grammy Awards, these unlikely pairings seem to flop more often than not. Still, it’s likely that at least a few of the night’s performances (Chris Stapleton, anyone?) will be worth sitting through a few cringeworthy duets.
The 2016 ACM Awards, co-hosted by Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley, will be broadcast live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev., on April 3, beginning at 8 PM ET on CBS.