Before the big show, sound off with Blake Shelton, Luke Bryan, Taylor Swift and more stars vying for country gold

By Katie Kauss
Updated April 07, 2013 06:30 AM
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Vegas is going country.

The ACM Awards have arrived – and Nashville’s biggest stars are kicking up their cowboy boots in Sin City for Sunday night’s big show.

Helming the event are hosts Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan, but country vets like Garth Brooks and George Strait (taking the stage together for the first time) will rub elbows with newer stars, like The Band Perry and Florida Georgia Line.

Whether you’re going to be hitting the strip in Vegas or watching from the comfort of your couch (starting at 8 p.m. ET on CBS), here are the essential songs to make sure you’re in the loop.

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