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Toby Keith To Honor Merle Haggard At ACC Awards

Toby Keith has been added to the 2016 American Country Countdown Awards to pay tribute to the late Merle Haggard.

Keith will be joined by Haggard's backing band, The Strangers, as well as Haggard's son Ben, while Haggard's widow Theresa will be in the audience.

Academy Award-winning actor Matthew McConaughey will introduce the Haggard tribute segment.

Keith will be joining previously announced performers Luke Bryan, Carrie Underwood, Florida Georgia Line, Sam Hunt, Kelsea Ballerini, Cam, Dan + Shay, Martina McBride, Thomas Rhett and Cole Swindell, as well as Brooks & Dunn, who will receive the 2016 NASH Icon Award.

The ACC Awards take place May 1 at the Forum in Inglewood, Calif., and will be broadcast at 8 p.m. ET on Fox TV.



Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.