NASHVILLE, Tenn. — When the producers of the Academy of Country Music's annual television special approached Tim McGraw about the 2013 edition, the country music star immediately flashed on the program's format.
“They were tribute shows and I certainly didn't want anything to do with that,” the 46-year-old McGraw said with a laugh. “I wasn't ready for that yet.”
Instead, McGraw decided to take the show in a new direction, recasting it as a summer tour preview for fans. “ACM Presents: Tim McGraw's Superstar Summer Night,” taped one day after the ACM Awards last month in Las Vegas, will air Sunday night at 8 CDT on CBS.
McGraw invited top country stars like Taylor Swift, Lady Antebellum, Keith Urban, Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, The Band Perry, and his wife, Faith Hill, to perform, but said he was most excited by appearances from pop- and rock-world acts like Ne-Yo, Pitbull and John Fogerty.
McGraw serves as host, sings some of his own songs and joins his fellow artists for others.
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