Zac Brown Band will give one of this year's most anticipated performances when they share the stage with one of their musical heroes James Taylor for a special duet at the 46th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards on April 3.

Brown, who is often cited for having worn out his cassette tape of 'James Taylor's Greatest Hits' at least three times because he played them too often, adds "James Taylor is the single biggest influence I have, period."

And that influence has paid off for Brown who leads all contenders this year with nine personal nominations, five of which are shared with the Zac Brown Band. The southern rockers garnered an Album of the Year nod for 'You Get What You Give' (Atlantic/Southern Ground Artists) as well as nominations for Vocal Group of the Year and Song of the Year for "As She's Walking Away" featuring Alan Jackson.

Said Taylor of the collaboration, "I'm honored to have been asked to perform with the Zac Brown Band...I'm a fan and think they're one of the truest and most authentic talents out there. Can't wait to make some music together."