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ACM Awards: Tim McGraw is out*

April 5, 2009 |  4:26 pm

Tim McGraw has pulled out of tonight's Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas.The news broke on the Web about an hour before the ACMs were to begin.

An initial call to the ACM press office in Las Vegas netted the response that such a development was "news to us," but an ACM spokeswoman got in touch five minutes before air time to note that McGwaw was indeed out. His spot is not being filled by another artist.

Entertainment Weekly's live coverage of Saturday night's rehearsals noted that McGraw did not rehearse as was planned with his wife, Faith Hill. Additionally, the magazine's website cites two sources who witnessed what was described as "possibly a dispute about [McGraw's] production design." The Tennessean has a similar brief, nothing that the artist walked out of Saturday night's rehearsal. Over at all-things-country 9513, it's noted that McGraw had dropped out due to "major disagreements" over a production design.

McGraw was due to perform with his wife on tonight's telecast.

Pictured above is a shot courtesy of the Associated Press of McGraw at Saturday's rehearsal.

-- Todd Martens

*Update: Pop & Hiss is now told that reports out of rehearsals that McGraw would perform with Hill were incorrect, and Hill was never to appear on the telecast.