CBS and ACM set live wedding for awards show


CBSThink the TV networks have run out of new twists for broadcasts of awards shows? Nope. The 47th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards on CBS will feature a weeding – a real wedding – live on stage.

You probably have never heard of Christina Davidson and Frank Tucci, but they have a back story to add to the drama of the on-air nuptials. In July 2009, Frank lost his wife, Danielle, to thyroid cancer and in that same year, Christina lost her husband, Paul, in a tragic drowning accident.  As a way to deal with the grief of losing her husband and raising her two sons, Stephen and Paul, on her own, Christina started a support group for young widows and widowers in Washington Township, NJ, where she met Frank.  Slowly their friendship blossomed into love as they bonded over their shared views about the challenges of single parenthood and the struggles to keep the memories of their spouses alive. Their wedding during the ACM Awards show Sunday, April 1st (8:00 PM live ET/delayed PT) will mark a new chapter in their lives.

Two people you more likely have heard of, Country music star Martina McBride and Train frontman Pat Monahan are scheduled to perform McBride’s new single “Marry Me” during the broadcast. The song was written by Monahan and originally released in 2010 as the third single from Train’s chart-topping fifth studio album, Save Me, San Francisco.  To celebrate the message of the song, McBride and Monahan will perform the duet as Davidson and Tucci exchange vows.

It is definitely a first for the ACM Awards – and maybe for an televised awards show.