Exclusive: Tim McGraw pulls out of ACMs over production dispute

EW has learned that country star Tim McGraw will not be appearing at tonight’s Academy of Country Music Awards as planned. McGraw has not issued a statement, but his publicist confirms that due to a "major disagreement" with the show’s producers McGraw’s management has pulled him from the show. A rep for the ACMs declined to comment, saying only that they look forward to working with him on tomorrow’s George Strait tribute, at which McGraw is still scheduled to perform. Last night two sources who witnessed the incident told EW that McGraw walked out of yesterday’s ACMs rehearsal, possibly over a dispute about his production design.

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  • matt

    well big surprise there, Faith Hill is also known to be a diva, as well.

  • kaki

    why would tim mcgraw be on millionaires?

  • Preston

    That’s unfortunate, because I was expecting to see Tim McGraw perform, let alone hearing him do a new song from his upcoming album. Why the ACM producers didn’t like his set or production design is beyond me. Every performance doesn’t always have to look the same!

  • graeme

    lol, matt, faith is a “diva”? Gimme a break.
    There’s not a lot of good people in showbiz…but Faith and Tim are clearly 2 of them.

  • Anonymous

    There must be a good reason for Tim to have pulled out..I will miss seeing him but, there will be another time..

  • Jay

    OH NO! What other bald middle of the road country singer will they find to replace him?

  • N

    Preston, don’t you think it’s the other way around… that Tim did not like the producer’s design ideas?

  • Kathy

    Rory, that wasn’t nice.

  • Anonymous

    Jay – Probably Kenny Chesney

  • K

    Dropping out of shows must run in the family, because Faith also failed to perform at a show at Oklahoma State University a few years back. All the students there (whose tickets were NOT refunded) were very disappointed. Tim also spoke out publicly against one of his own albums that he released last year, saying that his production company messed up the format. Hope they still have fans left when they are both done being divas.

  • Jennifer

    Rory, have you ever heard of defamation?

  • Anonymous

    Country Music lost its way anyway. The only guys left who know REAL county music is George Straight and Alan Jackson.

  • Marty Knight

    Gosh, you folks don’t care much for Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, or country music for that matter. Neither do I. But, I love Carrie Underwood. She’s a class act. Finished college AFTER she won Idol. She quickly became the reining Queen of “modern” country dominating both the country AND the pop charts. Crossover success has generally created backlash in the “country community” but not so in Carrie’s case.
    Through it all, she seems to have remembered her roots. She is truly a role model because she has genuine class, she is not full of herself, and apparently she even has morals!
    She quickly attempted to help Faith Hill save face a few years back over the “WHAT?” remark on Carrie’s win. Come on guys,does anyone really believe Faith Hill was not jealous?
    Probably if I were Faith Hill I would have been a kind of jealous too!

  • d

    Tim McGraw was always too girly for me. He does have a diva attitude.

  • MontyCari09

    Despite all the downing of this performer, it is disappointing to see that he will be missing from one of the most “great” nights of country. But there is always next year’s show…

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