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Trace Adkins fits ACA hosting gig into busy schedule

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He just returned from his 7th USO tour

The singer is about to kick off yet another tour and release another album, but he managed to squeeze in his hosting gig at the 2012 American Country Awards.

Trace Adkins can now be considered one of the legends of the country music world, and hosting Monday’s American Country Awards only added to that. Adkins co-hosted the show with Kristin Chenoweth and chatted with SheKnows before the show. His words before the show were inspiring.

"I just hope I don’t throw up," he said.

Besides that, he had little to say about the plans for the show, but did say Santa would show up (which ended up being his co-host Kristin Chenoweth). He also mentioned the chemistry with Chenoweth and how he was focused on that.

"I’m just going to try to stay somewhere in the same vicinity with Kristin," he said. "She’s got so much energy, she is always moving so fast, I have trouble keeping up with her. I’ll just do the best I can."

The co-hosts were reprising their roles this year, since they also hosted the 2011 awards. But for Adkins, his comments on hosting revealed much about the singer.

"You have to keep trying to one up yourself," he said. "If you’re not trying to get better then you might as well just quit. We hope that tonight’s show is the best one yet… maybe they’ll let us do this again someday."

Adkins also spoke about his numerous tours for the USO. He has been an outspoken advocate for the troops and went to Japan this time.

"I’ve never ever had a bad experience going and doing a USO tour," Adkins said. "It’s just one of the most amazing things that I’ve ever had a chance to do, and this time was no exception. This time we went to Japan, went to Okinawa, which was really surreal. But it was a great experience."

When asked what he is going to get up to in 2013, Adkins said there wouldn’t be much happening, but he will in fact be quite busy.

"I don’t think anything really crazy, just touring, [I] have a new album coming out in June," he said.

Adkins will be playing in Las Vegas on Saturday, Dec. 15 and will be out on a North American tour in 2013.

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