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  • Aldean FILE - In this April 2, 2017 file photo, Jason Aldean arrives at the 52nd annual Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas. Aldean, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, and pop singer Bebe Rexha with Florida Georgia Line will be performing at the Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas on April 15. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

  • Ward FILE - In this Nov. 15, 2017 file photo, author Jesmyn Ward attends the 68th National Book Awards Ceremony and Benefit Dinner in New York. Wardâ€Ös novel “Sing, Unburied, Sing†was among five finalists announced Wednesday for the PEN/Faulkner prize. Ward won the National Book Award last fall and is a nominee for the National Book Critics Circle prize, to be announced next week. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

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Thursday, March 08, 2018 1:00 am

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Performers for ACMs announced

Associated Press

Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert and pop singer Bebe Rexha with Florida Georgia Line will be performing at the Academy of Country Music Awards in April.

The ACMs announced the first round of performers Wednesday, which also included Kelsea Ballerini, Dierks Bentley, Maren Morris and Thomas Rhett.

Rexha and Florida Georgia Line will be performing their hit crossover duet “Meant to Be,” which has been a top hit on Billboard's Hot Country chart for 14 weeks straight.

The leading nominees this year include Chris Stapleton with eight nominations and Rhett with six nominations.

The 53rd ACM Awards will be broadcast live on CBS from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on April 15.

Archie to Bollywood

Archie, Jughead, Betty and Veronica are getting very far away from Riverdale. They're going to Bollywood.

Archie Comics and Graphic India say they're teaming up to create a Bollywood-style live-action film that reimagines the American suburban perpetual teens as Indian characters.

The companies are touting the film as the first international comic to be translated for Indian screens. No release date was announced.

Graphic India leader Sharad Devarajan says Archie comics have long been embraced by Indians and “now it's time to take them fully into Bollywood in an exciting new twist of a story.”

Faulkner finalists

Prize-winning author Jesmyn Ward is up for another fiction award. Ward's novel “Sing, Unburied, Sing” is among five finalists announced Wednesday for the PEN/Faulkner prize. Ward won the National Book Award last fall and is a nominee for the National Book Critics Circle prize, to be announced next week.

The other PEN/Faulkner nominees are Hernan Diaz for “In The Distance,” Samantha Hunt for “The Dark Dark,” Achy Obejas for “The Tower of the Antilles” and Joan Silber for “Improvement.” The winner, announced April 4, receives $15,000 and other nominees receive $5,000. Previous PEN/Faulkner winners include Philip Roth, Ann Patchett and E.L. Doctorow.

Happy birthday

Among celebrity birthdays today:áActress Sue AneáLangdon is 82. Songwriter Carole Bayer Sager is 74. Actor-director Micky Dolenzáis 73. Bassist Randy Meisneráis 72. Singer Peggy March is 70. Singer Gary Numan is 60. NBC News anchor Lester Holt is 59. Actor Aidan Quinn is 59. Guitarist Jimmy Dormireáis 58. Actress Camryn Manheimáis 57. Singer Shawn Mullins is 50. Actress Andrea Parkeráis 48. Actor Boris Kodjoeáis 45. Actor Freddie Prinze Jr. is 42. Actor James Van Der Beekáis 41. Singer Kameelah Williamsáis 40. Actor Nick Zanoáis 40. Singer Tom Chaplináis 39. Guitarist Andy Rossáis 39. Singer Kristinia DeBarge is 28.