This Sunday night, Tim McGraw will help kick off the summer with his CBS special "ACM Presents: Tim McGraw's Superstar Summer Night," and he says fans of different genres will find something to their liking.
"There were a lot of highlights," he says of the show that was filmed on April 8 in Las Vegas -- the evening after the Academy of Country Music Awards. "Florida Georgia Line and Nelly, that's one of my favorite things on the radio right now," he said referring to their collaboration on the remix of "Cruise." He also admitted that his Faith Hill's performance is one to watch. "She blew me away," he said of his wife. "It kind of caught me off guard when she went out there because she upped her game, and I had to go out behind her."
McGraw also enjoyed performing with some of the acts from other genres. "Singing with Ne-Yo was something that was really cool. If you're playing sports, you always play better if you're against a better opponent because it makes your game better. He's that kind of singer. Instantly, I became a better singer the minute I started singing with him."
Another act that is featured on the special that the singer walked away a bigger fan of was Pitbull. "I would throw something out if I tried to move like that," he joked. "He brought so much energy to the stage. I met him at the Grammy Awards, and he came up and introduced himself, and we started talking. When he walked away, I told Faith ‘He's just a real guy. A real genuine guy.' When we started putting the special together, I remembered talking to him, and wanted him to be on the special. I like him a lot. I like the vibe he brings to the room. He has so much energy, and brings so much respect to everybody. That shows when he hits the stage, and he can flat get it, I can tell you that."
Some of McGraw's fellow country performers included in the show are The Band Perry, Dierks Bentley, and Lady Antebellum, who premiere their new single "Goodbye Town" on the show. McGraw's current duet partner, Taylor Swift, appears to perform "Highway Don't Care – complete with the guitarist heard on the record, Keith Urban.
Urban also joins McGraw for the show's closing performance, which also includes Jason Aldean, and Luke Bryan -- an electric version of "Born On The Bayou," with the legendary John Fogerty. The segment saw the legendary Creedence Clearwater Revival member and Urban go head-to-head on the guitar with some explosive riffs. McGraw said he enjoyed watching it as much as the audience.
"We all grew up listening to him so we knew how great he was. But, when we were in the room with him, and he started singing and playing, he flat sang his ass off. He blew us all away. We were looking at each other like ‘What are we doing in this business when we saw him start singing and playing, because he's just one of the masters at it.' Then, when he and Keith started going off on the guitar, we could have watched that all night."
ACM Presents: Tim McGraw's Superstar Summer Night airs Sunday at 9 p.m. EST on CBS.