Although nominated for the Academy of Country Music's entertainer of the year, the Zac Brown Band won't be able to make the awards show this year. The group will be halfway around the world on a USO/Armed Forces Entertainment tour in the Persian Gulf.

But those watching the ACM Awards (CBS, tonight,, 8 p.m. ET/tape delay PT) will still be able to check in with the band via video footage of them entertaining the troops that will air throughout the ceremony.

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