Taped April 7 in Las Vegas, ACM Presents: An All-Star Salute to the Troops will air on CBS May 20 at 9pm ET/PT. The two-hour concert, an annual event, features some of the biggest names in country music paying tribute to America’s armed forces.
Co-hosted by LL Cool J and Chris O’Donnell, the All Star Salute to the Troops 2014 included performers Dierks Bentley, Lee Brice, Luke Bryan, Merle Haggard, Hunter Hayes, Toby Keith, Miranda Lambert, Tim McGraw, Kellie Pickler, Blake Shelton, George Strait, Keith Urban, Eli Young Band, Florida Georgia Line, Lady Antebellum, Rascal Flatts and The Band Perry.
Many of the artists were joined on stage by service members from the United States Armed Forces, including Marine Capts. John Ed Auer and Matt Smith (performance with Lady Antebellum), Army Sgt. Christiana Ball (performance with Lee Brice), Navy STG3 Destiny Mills Coates (performance with Keith Urban), Marine Lt. Col. Mike Corrado (performance with Toby Keith), Army Spc. Kelly A. Gregg (performance with The Band Perry), Coast Guard Lt. j.g. Katie Spira (performance with Hunter Hayes), Marine Staff Sgt. Brandon Valentine (performance with Rascal Flatts), Air Force Staff Sgt. Baily Zimmerman (performance with Kellie Pickler), and Air Force Master Sgt. Harry Bounds, Navy Lt. Chelsea Brunoehler and Coast Guard ME1 Noah Reinhart, who joined the other service members on stage for a special performance with Toby Keith.
Carrie Underwood co-penned a song specifically for the show, and her performance of the song “Keep Us Safe” will air during the broadcast. To coincide with her performance, the song will be available digitally, with proceeds benefiting ACM Lifting Lives.
Also during the ceremony, Toby Keith (pictured) was recognized with the Spirit of the USO honor, in recognition of his many USO tours.
The special will also include moments and stories, along with appearances and presentations by Marcus Luttrell (retired U.S. Navy SEAL), Joe Mantegna (Criminal Minds), Craig Morgan (U.S. Army Veteran/Country Music Artist), Nancy O’Dell (Entertainment Tonight), and Sheryl Underwood (former Staff Sergeant in the Air Force Reserves/The Talk host).
ACM Presents: An All-Star Salute to the Troops 2014 airs May 20 at 9pm ET/PT on CBS.
Toby Keith performs at Salute to the Troops: © 2014 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. Credit: Francis Specker