John Mayer to Perform with Brad Paisley at the 48th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards – 4/7

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JOHN MAYER TO PERFORM WITH BRAD PAISLEY
AT THE 48TH ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS

GARY ALLAN, FAITH HILL, SHANIA TWAIN, TRISHA YEARWOOD,
CHRIS YOUNG AND ELI YOUNG BAND ADDED AS PRESENTERS

TELECAST TO AIR LIVE FROM MGM GRAND IN LAS VEGAS
SUNDAY, APRIL 7th AT 8:00 PM LIVE ET/ DELAYED PT ON CBS TELEVISION NETWORK

The Academy of Country Music announced today GRAMMY® Award-winning singer-songwriter John Mayer to perform with Brad Paisley at the 48th ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS. In addition, country superstars Gary Allan, Faith Hill, Shania Twain, Trisha Yearwood, Chris Young and Eli Young Band have been added to present. The ceremony, which will be co-hosted by Luke Bryan and Blake Shelton, honors country music’s top talent, as well as the industry’s hottest emerging artists. It is produced for television by dick clark productions and will be broadcast LIVE from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas Sunday, April 7, 2013 at 8:00 PM live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network.

 

Performers:
Jason Aldean, Garth Brooks, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Kelly Clarkson, Hunter Hayes, Jewel, Miranda Lambert, John Mayer, Tim McGraw, Blake Shelton, George Strait, Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood, Stevie Wonder, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Pistol Annies and The Band Perry. Brad Paisley will headline the 3rd Annual ACM Fan Jam, along with special guests Dierks Bentley, Hunter Hayes, and New Artist of the Year Presented by Kohl’s nominees Brantley Gilbert, Jana Kramer and Florida Georgia Line. 

 

Presenters:
Country music artist Gary Allan, 2 Broke Girls star Beth Behrs, Vegas star Michael Chiklis, Grammy award-winner Sheryl Crow, The Big Bang Theory’s Kaley Cuoco, music star John Fogerty, omg! INSIDER co-anchor Kevin Frazier, country music artist Faith Hill, San Francisco 49ers NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick, country music artists Miranda Lambert, Scotty McCreery and Kacey Musgraves, Entertainment Tonight co-anchor Nancy O’Dell, country music artists Jake Owen, Reba, Shania Twain, Keith Urban, Trisha Yearwood, Chris Young and Eli Young Band, and A&E’s Duck Dynasty stars Willie & Korie Robertson.

 

 

About the Academy of Country Music Awards
The 48th Academy of Country Music Awards is dedicated to honoring and showcasing the biggest names and emerging talent in the country music industry.  The show is produced for television by dick clark productions and will be broadcast LIVE from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas Sunday, April 7, 2013 at 8:00 PM live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network.  Allen Shapiro, Orly Adelson and R.A. Clark are executive producers.  Barry Adelman is producer, and Bob Bardo is the executive in charge of production. Bob Romeo is executive producer for the Academy of Country Music.  For more information, please visit www.acmcountry.com.

Presenters Announced for the 48th Annual ACM Awards – April 7

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BETH BEHRS, MICHAEL CHIKLIS, SHERYL CROW, KALEY CUOCO, JOHN FOGERTY, KEVIN FRAZIER, COLIN KAEPERNICK, MIRANDA LAMBERT, SCOTTY McCREERY, KACEY MUSGRAVES, NANCY O’DELL, JAKE OWEN, REBA, WILLIE & KORIE ROBERTSON AND KEITH URBAN TO PRESENT AT THE 48th ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS

TELECAST TO AIR LIVE FROM MGM GRAND GARDEN ARENA IN LAS VEGAS
Sunday, April 7, 2013 at 8:00 PM live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network

The Academy of Country Music and dick clark productions announced today that 2 Broke Girls star Beth Behrs, Vegas star Michael Chiklis, Grammy award-winner Sheryl Crow, The Big Bang Theory’s Kaley Cuoco, music star John Fogerty, omg! INSIDER co-anchor Kevin Frazier, San Francisco 49ers NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick, country music artists Miranda Lambert, Scotty McCreery and Kacey Musgraves, Entertainment Tonight co-anchor Nancy O’Dell, country music artists Jake Owen, Reba and Keith Urban, and A&E’s Duck Dynasty stars Willie & Korie Robertson are scheduled to present as part of the 48th ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS. The ceremony, which will be co-hosted by Luke Bryan and Blake Shelton, honors country music’s top talent, as well as the industry’s hottest emerging artists. It is produced for television by dick clark productions and will be broadcast LIVE from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas Sunday, April 7, 2013 at 8:00 PM live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network.

 

They join previously announced presenters Tori Kelly and LL Cool J.  In addition, Jason Aldean, Garth Brooks, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Jewel, Kelly Clarkson, Miranda Lambert, Tim McGraw, Blake Shelton, George Strait, Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town and The Band Perry have been announced as performers at the 48th ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS. Brad Paisley will headline the 3rd Annual ACM Fan Jam, along with special guests Dierks Bentley, Hunter Hayes, and New Artist of the Year Presented by Kohl’s nominees Brantley Gilbert, Jana Kramer and Florida Georgia Line. 

About the Academy of Country Music Awards
The 48th Academy of Country Music Awards is dedicated to honoring and showcasing the biggest names and emerging talent in the country music industry.  The show is produced for television by dick clark productions and will be broadcast LIVE from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas Sunday, April 7, 2013 at 8:00 PM live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network.  Allen Shapiro, Orly Adelson and R.A. Clark are executive producers.  Barry Adelman is producer, and Bob Bardo is the executive in charge of production. Bob Romeo is executive producer for the Academy of Country Music.

Big Performances Announced for the 48th Annual ACM Awards – APRIL 7

BIG PERFORMANCES ANNOUNCED FOR THE
“48TH ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS,”
TO BE BROADCAST LIVE, SUNDAY, APRIL 7 ON CBS

This morning, producers of the 48TH ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS participated in a press conference call to announce several exciting moments on this year’s show, to be broadcast live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas Sunday, April 7 (8:00-11:00 PM live ET/delayed PT) on the CBS Television Network. Participating in the call were R.A. Clark, Executive Producer and son of the late Dick Clark, Bob Romeo, CEO of the Academy of Country Music and Jack Sussman, Executive Vice President, CBS Specials and Live Programming.

Romeo announced this year’s ACM Lifting Lives Moment which will feature Jewel. She will perform a live mash-up of her chart-topping hit “Hands” combined with “Fill a Heart,” an original song written by singer/songwriter Tori Kelly.

Other call highlights include:

–          Tim McGraw will perform “Highway Don’t Care” with Taylor Swift and Keith Urban

–          Hunter Hayes will world premiere his new single “I Want Crazy,” and then be joined later by legendary music icon Stevie Wonder

–          Kelly Clarkson will perform “Don’t Rush”

–          Brad Paisley, Dierks Bentley and Hunter Hayes will perform together live from ACM Fan Jam

–          Country superstar Reba will introduce the George Strait and Garth Brooks performance. As previously announced, Strait and Brooks will perform together for the first time ever to pay tribute to Dick Clark. Each will perform a version of one of their classic hits and then join together for a very special moment.

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Jewel to Perform ACM Lifting Lives Moment During ACM Awards – 4/7

JEWEL PARTNERS WITH ACM LIFTING LIVES®
TO RAISE AWARENESS OF CHILD HUNGER IN THE U.S. DURING SPECIAL MOMENT
ON THE 48th ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS
SUNDAY, APRIL 7 ON CBS TELEVISION NETWORK

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ACM Lifting Lives Moment to Feature Jewel’s Performance of “Hands” and “Fill a Heart,” an Original Song Written by Tori Kelly to Benefit ConAgra Foods’ Child Hunger Ends Here Campaign

The Academy of Country Music announced today that  Jewel will partner with ACM Lifting Lives® to perform a live mash-up of her chart-topping hit “Hands” combined with “Fill a Heart,” an original song written by singer-songwriter Tori Kelly. This special musical moment, presented by ConAgra Foods’ Child Hunger Ends Here campaign, will be performed at the 48th ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS, to be broadcast LIVE from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Sunday, April 7, 2013 at 8:00PM, live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network. Kelly, who wrote “Fill a Heart” for the Child Hunger Ends Here campaign to bring the story of hunger to life, will introduce the powerful 2013 ACM Lifting Lives moment with Jewel to viewers. This year’s ACM Lifting Lives show moment with Jewel marks the fifth consecutive year of moving performances, which have highlighted worthy causes and provided support on behalf of their beneficiaries during the live Awards telecast.

 

Jewel experienced significant hardship in her early years prior to embarking on a successful career as a singer-songwriter and selling over 27 million albums worldwide. Without a place to call home, there were times when she wasn’t sure where she would spend the night or find her next meal. This experience provided the inspiration for her hit song “Hands,” a song about desperate times and not losing hope.

 

“I’m so honored to perform this year’s ACM Lifting Lives moment and support ConAgra Foods’ Child Hunger Ends Here campaign. It’s an important cause I hold near and dear to my heart, and this is a wonderful way to give back and raise awareness. Tori wrote such a beautiful song, and I hope it serves as a wakeup call to everyone about how widespread a problem this is in the United States,” said Jewel.

 

“The Academy has been dedicated to improving lives through the power of music for forty years, and this is the fifth year we’ve included an ACM Lifting Lives moment in the ACM Awards. We are proud to partner once again with ConAgra Foods to bring together a memorable performance to viewers at home, and remind them about some serious issues that Americans face on a daily basis,” said Hannah Martin, Manager, ACM Lifting Lives. “It’s an honor to have Jewel and Tori contribute their talents to this cause, and to help raise awareness for the nearly 17 million children who live in food insecure homes today.”

ACM Lifting Lives, the charitable arm of the Academy, is spotlighting the need to end child hunger in conjunction with ConAgra Foods, which in partnership with the ConAgra Foods Foundation has been fighting to end child hunger in America for 20 years. To participate in ConAgra’s Child Hunger Ends Here program, consumers can purchase specially-marked packages of select ConAgra Foods brands, including Banquet®, Hunt’s®, Marie Callender’s®, PAM®, Chef Boyardee®, Orville Redenbacher’s®, Manwich®, Snack Pack®, or Peter Pan® Peanut Butter, and then visit www.ChildHungerEndsHere.com to enter the eight-digit code found on participating product packages. For each code entered through August 2013, ConAgra Foods will donate the monetary equivalent of one meal* to Feeding America. Consumers can also download their favorite version of Tori Kelly’s “Fill a Heart” from Cody Simpson and Amber Riley on the website to share with others and inspire action for the cause.

 

“Child hunger is a problem we cannot ignore,” said Chris Sinta, Director of Consumer Promotions at ConAgra Foods. “We’re excited to continue our partnership with the Academy of Country Music and we’re honored to have Jewel sing ‘Fill a Heart.’ Together, we can help make a difference.”

 

For more information on how to join the fight against child hunger and how to participate in the ConAgra Foods’ Child Hunger Ends Here campaign, please visit www.childhungerendshere.com.

 

* For every code entered by 8/31/13, ConAgra Foods will donate 12.5¢, the cost for Feeding America to provide one meal through its network of local food banks. Maximum: 3 million meals. Guaranteed minimum donation: 1 million meals ($125,000). Limit 5 code entries per person/computer each day. Valid in U.S. only. To enter codes and learn more, visit www.childhungerendshere.com.

 

About Jewel
Jewel is an acclaimed American singer, songwriter, actress, poet, painter, philanthropist and daughter to an Alaskan cowboy singer-songwriter. From the remote ranch of her Alaskan youth to the triumph of international stardom, the three-time GRAMMY nominee, hailed by the New York Times as a “songwriter bursting with talents” has enjoyed career longevity rare among her generation of artists. Whether alone with her guitar or fronting a band of ace musicians, Jewel has always been a charismatic live performer, earning the respect of other singer-songwriters such as Merle Haggard, Bob Dylan and Neil Young, who, not only invited her to open their shows, but mentored her in the early phases of her career.

 

After a tremendous amount of success as a singer-songwriter and over 27 million albums sold, in 2013 Jewel released a Greatest Hits album. The album features a collection of her most known songs as well as two new duets with Kelly Clarkson and The Pistol Annies, in addition to a new track called “Two Hearts Breaking.” She will also star as June Carter Cash in the Lifetime Original Movie “Ring of Fire,” based on June’s life, which will make its world premiere on Lifetime on Monday, May 27 at 8:00pm ET/PT.

 

Jewel currently lives on a working ranch in Stephenville, Texas with her husband, World Champion bull-riding superstar, Ty Murray and their baby Kase Townes Murray.

 

About Tori Kelly
Tori Kelly is a 20 year-old singer/songwriter/producer from Southern California. She self-released Handmade Songs by Tori Kelly last May, a collection of songs that perfectly blend the accessibility of the girl next door with the depth and skill of a world class artist. Tori started singing at age three and then picked up drums, piano and guitar shortly thereafter. She credits Michael Jackson, Jeff Buckley, John Mayer, Jill Scott, and gospel artists such as Crystal Lewis and J. Moss as her musical influences, which are reflected in her soulful pop/rock blend. It is her clear and uncompromising vision for her craft and career that has helped her build a YouTube channel that has garnered over 35,000,000 views and a following that spans the globe. The new “it girl” of music, Tori has generated a buzz not seen in years from a female singer/songwriter. When she stands on stage she gives new meaning to “a girl and her guitar.” In a world where so much music has become overproduced and complex, Tori is a purist…her unique vocal runs and the purity of her tone are impossible to ignore.

 

About the Academy of Country Music Awards
The 48th Academy of Country Music Awards is dedicated to honoring and showcasing the biggest names and emerging talent in the country music industry.  The show is produced for television by dick clark productions and will be broadcast LIVE from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas Sunday, April 7, 2013 at 8:00 PM live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network.  Allen Shapiro, Orly Adelson and R.A. Clark are executive producers.  Barry Adelman is producer, and Bob Bardo is the executive in charge of production. Bob Romeo is executive producer for the Academy of Country Music.  For more information, please visit www.acmcountry.com.

 

About ACM Lifting Lives
ACM Lifting Lives is the philanthropic arm of the Academy of Country Music dedicated to improving lives through the power of music.  Each year, ACM Lifting Lives® provides grants to music therapy and music education programs.  Other giving includes serving members of the country music community who face unexpected medical or financial hardship through the Diane Holcomb Emergency Relief Fund and partnering with artists to improve lives through music.  Downloads and direct donations of Toby Keith’s performance on the 45th annual telecast, Darius Rucker’s performance on the 46th annual telecast and Little Big Town’s performance on the 47th annual telecast raised funds and awareness for Stand Up To Cancer, Vanderbilt Kennedy Center and ConAgra Foods’ Child Hunger Ends Here campaign respectively.  For more information, please visit www.ACMLiftingLives.org.

 

About ConAgra Foods
ConAgra Foods, Inc., (NYSE: CAG), is one of North America’s largest packaged food companies. Its balanced portfolio includes consumer brands found in 97 percent of America’s households, the largest private brand packaged food business in North America, and a strong commercial and foodservice business. Consumers can find recognized brands such as Banquet®, Chef Boyardee®, Egg Beaters®, Healthy Choice®, Hebrew National®, Hunt’s®, Marie Callender’s®, Orville Redenbacher’s® popcorn, PAM®, Peter Pan®, Reddi-wip®, Slim Jim® beef jerky, Snack Pack® and many other ConAgra Foods brands, plus food sold under private brand labels, in grocery, convenience, mass merchandise, club stores and drugstores. ConAgra Foods also has a strong commercial foods presence, supplying frozen potato and sweet potato products as well as other vegetable, spice, bakery and grain products to a variety of well-known restaurants, foodservice operators and commercial customers. ConAgra Foods operates ReadySetEat.com, an interactive recipe website that provides consumers with dinner ideas and more. For more information, please visit us at www.conagrafoods.com.

Fan Voting Now Open For The 48th Annual Academy Of Country Music Awards

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FAN VOTING FOR ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR AND NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR AWARDS
NOW OPEN FOR THE 48TH ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS
“COUNTRY MUSIC’S PARTY OF THE YEAR™”

STARTING TODAY Country Music Fans Have the Power to Vote for
Entertainer of the Year and ACM New Artist of the Year at www.VoteACM.com

The Academy of Country Music, the Ram Truck brand and Kohl’s Department Stores announced today that fan voting is now open for the Entertainer of the Year award, which will be powered by Ram for the fourth year in a row, as well as the ACM New Artist of the Year award, which will be presented by Kohl’s. Country music fans everywhere have the power to choose the winners by casting their votes now at www.VoteACM.com. The awards will be given out during the 48th ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS, to be broadcast LIVE from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Sunday, April 7, 2013 at 8:00PM, live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network. This year, for the third time, the ACM Awards will feature the ACM Ram Red Carpet to welcome country’s biggest stars to the show.   

“The Ram Truck brand is proud to partner with the Academy of Country Music for their 48th Award ceremony.  Ram truck fans and country music fans are one and the same as they are cut from the same cloth of authenticity with a genuine work-hard, play-hard attitude,” said Fred Diaz, President and CEO – Ram Truck Brand and Chrysler de Mexico, Chrysler Group LLC.  “We are excited to find out who Ram and country music fans will select as their choice for Entertainer of the Year. We congratulate all the nominated artists.”

“Once again, fans have the power to vote for two of the ACM’s most exciting categories, and we’re proud to have great partners both in Ram Trucks and Kohl’s to help make it happen,” said Bob Romeo, CEO of the Academy of Country Music.

Entertainer of the Year fan voting – powered by the Ram Truck brand – will once again provide fans the opportunity to vote for the Academy’s most prestigious award, Entertainer of the Year, for which Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton and Taylor Swift are nominated. Fans will also help choose the ACM New Artist of the Year presented by Kohl’s, for which Brantley Gilbert, Jana Kramer and Florida Georgia Line are the nominees. Fan voting for Entertainer of the Year and ACM New Artist of the Year is now open at www.VoteACM.com. New Artist of the Year voting will close at 8:00PM ET / 5:00PM PT on Sunday, April 7, 2013 (before the LIVE show starts), and Entertainer of the Year voting will close during the third hour of the LIVE broadcast.

Leading up to the show, fans can watch interviews and exclusive performances with the three final ACM New Artist of the Year nominees as they receive their trophies for winning their respective first round categories on GAC’s “ACM New Artist of the Year” special, premiering March 25th at 8:00PM ET and re-airing multiple times until voting closes on April 7. Additional air times and dates can be found at GACtv.com/ACM.

 

About the Academy of Country Music Awards

The 48th Academy of Country Music Awards is dedicated to honoring and showcasing the biggest names and emerging talent in the country music industry.  The show is produced for television by dick clark productions and will be broadcast LIVE from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas Sunday, April 7, 2013 at 8:00 PM live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network.  Allen Shapiro, Orly Adelson and R.A. Clark are executive producers.  Barry Adelman is producer, and Bob Bardo is the executive in charge of production. Bob Romeo is executive producer for the Academy of Country Music.

 

About the Ram Truck Brand

The Ram Truck brand continues to establish its own identity and clearly define its customer since its launch as a standalone vehicle brand. Creating a distinct brand for Ram trucks has allowed the brand to concentrate on how core customers use their trucks and what new features they’d like to see. Whether focusing on a family that uses its half-ton truck day in and day out, a hard-working Ram Heavy Duty owner or a business that depends on its commercial vehicles

Every day, Ram has the truck market covered.
The Ram Truck brand has the most innovative lineup of full-size trucks on the market. Ram Truck has emerged as a full-size truck leader by investing substantially in new products, infusing them with great looks, refined interiors, durable engines and features that further enhance their capabilities. Truck customers, from half-ton to commercial, have a demanding range of needs and require their vehicles to provide high levels of capability. Ram trucks are designed to deliver a total package.

 

About Kohl’s

Based in Menomonee Falls, Wis., Kohl’s (NYSE: KSS) is a family-focused, value-oriented specialty department store offering moderately priced, exclusive and national brand apparel, shoes, accessories, beauty and home products in an exciting shopping environment. With a commitment to environmental leadership, Kohl’s operates 1,155 stores in 49 states. In support of the communities it serves, Kohl’s has raised more than $231 million for children’s initiatives nationwide through its Kohl’s Cares® cause merchandise program, which operates under Kohl’s Cares, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Kohl’s Department Stores, Inc. For a list of store locations and information, or for the added convenience of shopping online, visit www.Kohls.com, join the discussion on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/Kohls) or Twitter (http://twitter.com/Kohls) or get inspired on Pinterest (http://pinterest.com/Kohls) and Instagram (http://instagram.com/Kohls).

Off-Camera Winners Announced for the 48th Annual ACM Awards

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JASON ALDEAN, GUY CLARK, BLAKE SHELTON, KEITH WHITLEY,
TOMMY WIGGINS, HANK WILLIAMS, THE JUDDS & LADY ANTEBELLUM
ANNOUNCED AS OFF-CAMERA WINNERS
FOR THE 48th ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS

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Special Award Recipients, Industry Awards, MBI Awards and
Songwriter of the Year Winners Announced

Today, the Academy of Country Music is announcing the winners of awards that will not be televised during the 48th ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS, due to time constraints. The ceremony will be telecast LIVE from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 7, 2013 at 8:00 PM live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network. Special Awards, Industry Awards, MBI (Musician, Bandleader, Instrumentalist) and Songwriter of the Year honorees will be feted at the 7th Annual ACM Honors event on September 10, 2013 at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville.

The Academy of Country Music Special Awards are voted on by the ACM Board of Directors and are awarded during years where the Board of Directors feels there are clear and deserving candidates. Industry Awards are voted on by professional members of the Academy. The MBI ballot is voted on by professional members of the Academy classified in the Artist-Entertainer/Musician-Bandleader-Instrumentalist category, and the Producer-Engineer-Studio Manager sub-category (contained within the Affiliated category).  The Songwriter of the Year ballot is voted on by professional members of the Academy in the following categories: Artist-Entertainer/Musician-Bandleader-Instrumentalist, Composer, Music Publisher/PRO, Record Company, and the Producer/Engineer/Studio Manager subcategory (contained within the Affiliated category).

SPECIAL AWARDS

Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award – Keith Whitley and The Judds have been chosen to receive the Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award, honoring individuals who are pioneers in the country music genre.

Keith Whitley brought a blend of traditional bluegrass, classic country and contemporary songwriting influences to his timeless recordings. Although his catalog is regrettably small, this Kentucky native stands as one of the most respected vocalists of his era, thanks to a rich baritone that effortlessly conveyed the emotion of any song. Whitley first entered the Top 10 in 1986 with “Ten Feet Away,” setting the stage for enduring ballads like “Don’t Close Your Eyes,” “When You Say Nothing at All” and “I’m No Stranger to the Rain,” all of which reached No. 1 before Whitley died in 1989 at age 33.

 

The Judds gave country music an acoustic boost in the 1980s, ultimately racking up 20 Top 10 hits. They picked up seven consecutive ACM Awards in the Vocal Duet category, as well as a Song of the Year trophy for “Why Not Me.” Their winning streak began in 1984 with “Mama He’s Crazy,” the first of 14 No. 1 hits. Fans also identified with the ups and downs of Naomi and Wynonna’s mother-daughter relationship, adding another dimension to modern classics like the nostalgic “Grandpa (Tell Me ‘Bout the Good Old Days)” and the empowering “Love Can Build a Bridge.”

 

Past recipients of the Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award include Alabama, Garth Brooks, Johnny Cash, Charlie Daniels, Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers, Merle Haggard, Emmylou Harris, George Jones, Brenda Lee, Loretta Lynn, Willie Nelson, The Oak Ridge Boys, Dolly Parton, Charley Pride, Jerry Reed, Tex Ritter, Marty Robbins, Kenny Rogers, Billy Sherrill, Ricky Skaggs, Mel Tillis, Randy Travis, Conway Twitty, Porter Wagoner, Hank Williams, Hank Williams Jr., Bob Wills and Dwight Yoakam, among others.

Crystal Milestone Award – Jason Aldean has been chosen to receive the Crystal Milestone Award, which is given to an artist or industry leader to commemorate a specific, remarkable achievement.

Jason Aldean soared to stadium headliner status in 2012. He sold out his first stadium show last year, moving more than 27,000 tickets for Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. All tickets were purchased more than two months in advance. Aldean’s arena show tickets went quickly too. He sold 24,000 tickets in two minutes for his Indianapolis show, along with 20,000 seats in just four minutes in St. Louis. Aldean is now swinging for the rafters with his “Night Train Tour.” Stadium shows on the itinerary include Wrigley Field in Chicago, Sanford Stadium in Athens, GA, and Boston’s Fenway Park—which sold out in seven minutes, setting a venue record and making Aldean the first country act to headline the historic ballpark. The Academy is honoring Aldean for this remarkable achievement.

Past recipients of the Crystal Milestone Award include Garth Brooks, Kenny Chesney, Gayle Holcomb, Jennifer Nettles and Taylor Swift.

Gene Weed Special Achievement Award – Blake Shelton has been chosen to receive the Gene Weed Special Achievement Award, which acknowledges unprecedented, unique and outstanding individual achievement in country music.

Blake Shelton stepped into his role on NBC’s The Voice as a well-known figure in country music circles. Now he’s a household name to millions of viewers who appreciate his lively personality, his honest approach toward aspiring talent and his camaraderie with pop stars like Christine Aguilera, Cee Lo Green and Adam Levine. That broad appeal paved the way for a network special to coincide with his first holiday album, Cheers, It’s Christmas. A three-time ACM Awards co-host, Shelton is climbing the charts with “Sure Be Cool If You Did.” Look for his “Ten Times Crazier Tour” starting in July.

Past recipients of the Gene Weed Special Achievement Award include Garth Brooks, George Burns, Jeff Foxworthy, Willie Nelson and George Strait.

Jim Reeves International Award – Lady Antebellum has been chosen to receive the Jim Reeves International Award, which is presented to an artist for outstanding contributions to the acceptance of country music throughout the world.

Lady Antebellum seized the day with their “Own the Night World Tour,” ultimately performing to more than a million fans in 11 countries and three continents. Along with packing venues in the U.S. and Canada, the trio sold out three shows at the Sydney Opera House in Australia. Band members Dave Haywood, Charles Kelley and Hillary Scott also accepted the honor of opening for a musical hero, Bruce Springsteen, at London’s Hard Rock Calling. A three-time winner in the ACM Vocal Group category, Lady Antebellum will release its fourth studio album, Golden, in May, likely taking their newest hit “Downtown” around the globe.

Past recipients of the Jim Reeves International Award include Garth Brooks, Dick Clark, Roy Clark, Merv Griffin, Alan Jackson, Charlie Nagatani, Buck Owens, Dolly Parton, Taylor Swift and Keith Urban, among others.

Mae Boren Axton Award – Tommy Wiggins has been chosen as the recipient of the Mae Boren Axton Award, which is given in recognition of years of dedication and service by an outstanding individual to the Academy of Country Music.

Tommy Wiggins co-founded the organization that is now the Academy of Country Music. While pursuing opportunities performing on radio and on stage, Wiggins lived in Tucson and Nashville before relocating in 1960 to Los Angeles, where he appeared on local television shows. Along with releasing several singles on Stadium Records, Wiggins launched a radio industry publication titled D.J.’s Digest. In 1964, he teamed with songwriter Eddie Miller and club owners Mickey and Chris Christensen to stage a Los Angeles-based awards show and form the Country Western Music Academy–later renamed the Academy of Country Music–to draw attention to country artists based on the West Coast.

Past recipients of the Mae Boren Axton Award include John Dorris, Rod Essig, Gayle Holcomb, Jack Lameier, Marge Meoli, Ray Pilzak, Gaynelle Pitts, Gene Weed and David Young.

Poet’s Award – Guy Clark and Hank Williams have been selected to receive the Poet’s Award, which honors songwriters for outstanding musical and/or lyrical contributions throughout their careers in the field of country music.

Guy Clark has earned the respect of countless songwriters by crafting his compositions with wit, wisdom and warmth. This native Texan made a lasting impression with his 1975 debut album Old No. 1. His extensive songwriting catalog includes cuts by Johnny Cash (“Texas 1947”), Kenny Chesney (“Hemingway’s Whiskey”), Rodney Crowell (“She’s Crazy for Leaving”) and Ricky Skaggs (“Heartbroke”). Meanwhile, his own recordings of “L.A. Freeway” and “Desperadoes Waiting for a Train” make listeners feel as though they know him personally. The 2011 collection, This One’s For Him: A Tribute to Guy Clark, received a Grammy nomination for best folk album.

Hank Williams remains one of the most revered songwriters in history. A native of Alabama, Williams’ commercial style found a champion in music publisher Fred Rose in 1946. Despite a brief career, Williams catalog includes “Cold, Cold Heart,” “Hey Good Lookin’” and “Your Cheatin’ Heart.” His compositions have been recorded by Tony Bennett, Jimmy Buffett, Norah Jones, Jerry Lee Lewis, Charley Pride, Linda Ronstadt and Hank Williams Jr., among many others. The legendary figure was found dead on Jan. 1, 1953. He was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1961 and received the 1973 ACM Pioneer Award. Hank Williams will be honored posthumously.

Previous recipients of the Poet’s Award include Bill Anderson, Bobby Braddock, Hank Cochran, Merle Haggard, Tom T. Hall, Harlan Howard, Roger Miller, Fred Rose, Don Schlitz and Cindy Walker.

INDUSTRY AWARDS

CASINO OF THE YEAR – Red Rock Casino & Resort – Las Vegas, NV

NIGHTCLUB OF THE YEAR – Joe’s Bar – Chicago, IL

VENUE OF THE YEAR – Ryman Auditorium – Nashville, TN

DON ROMEO TALENT BUYER OF THE YEAR – Jerry Hufford – Buck Owens’ Crystal Palace

PROMOTER OF THE YEAR – Ed Warm – Joe’s Bar

MBI (MUSICIAN, BANDLEADER, INSTRUMENTALIST) AWARDS:

PRODUCER OF THE YEAR – Jay Joyce

AUDIO ENGINEER OF THE YEAR – Chuck Ainlay

BASS PLAYER OF THE YEAR – Jimmie Lee Sloas

PERCUSSIONIST/DRUMMER OF THE YEAR – Matt Chamberlain

FIDDLE PLAYER OF THE YEAR – Aubrey Haynie

GUITARIST OF THE YEAR – J.T. Corenflos

PIANO/KEYBOARDS PLAYER OF THE YEAR – Michael Rojas

SPECIALTY INSTRUMENT(S) PLAYER OF THE YEAR – Ilya Toshinsky

STEEL GUITAR PLAYER OF THE YEAR – Mike Johnson

SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR

SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR – Dallas Davidson

About the Academy of Country Music Awards
The 48th Academy of Country Music Awards is dedicated to honoring and showcasing the biggest names and emerging talent in the country music industry.  The show is produced for television by dick clark productions and will be broadcast LIVE from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas Sunday, April 7, 2013 at 8:00 PM live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network.  Allen Shapiro, Orly Adelson and R.A. Clark are executive producers.  Barry Adelman is producer, and Bob Bardo is the executive in charge of production. Bob Romeo is executive producer for the Academy of Country Music.

George Strait & Garth Brooks – ACM Dick Clark Artist of the Decade Award & Tribute Announcement

GEORGE STRAIT & GARTH BROOKS TO PERFORM TOGETHER AS A TRIBUTE TO DICK CLARK AT THE
48TH ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS

THE ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC HONORS DICK CLARK BY
RENAMING ACM ARTIST OF THE DECADE AWARD

TELECAST TO AIR LIVE FROM MGM GRAND GARDEN ARENA IN LAS VEGAS
Sunday, April 7, 2013 at 8:00 PM live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network

The Academy of Country Music and dick clark productions announced today that George Strait and Garth Brooks, the two most recent ACM Artist of the Decade Award recipients, will perform together for the first time in history to pay tribute to Dick Clark at the 48th ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS, to be broadcast live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas Sunday, April 7 (8:00 PM-11:00 PM, live ET/delayed PT) on the CBS Television Network. The ACM Artist of the Decade Award will be renamed the ACM Dick Clark Artist of the Decade Award, in honor of the iconic figure and longtime producer of the ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS. The ceremony, to be co-hosted by Luke Bryan and Blake Shelton, honors country music’s top talent, as well as the industry’s hottest emerging artists.

 

Dick Clark, who passed away last year, began producing the Academy of Country Music Awards in 1979 and helped introduce audiences all over America to the most talented artists in country music. Clark had long been an ambassador for a wide-range of musical genres and with his guidance, ushered the Academy of Country Music Awards through the decades to become one of the industry’s biggest events.

 

“It is truly appropriate that we pay tribute to my father, longtime ACM Awards executive producer Dick Clark. As one of the current executive producers and Dick’s son, I’m honored that George and Garth graciously accepted my personal request to pay tribute to a man we all loved,” stated R.A. Clark.

 

“He was a friend to all of us and helped shape our organization.  There’s no doubt the Academy of Country Music wouldn’t be one of the highest-rated and watched awards shows without Dick’s vision and commitment,” commented Bob Romeo, CEO of the Academy of Country Music.

 

“Dick helped make country music accessible to a larger fan base and his efforts will not be forgotten. Garth and I were so grateful when we each received the ACM Artist of the Decade Award, so it’s only fitting that we’ll be honoring him with this tribute performance at the ACMs,” said George Strait.

 

“I commend the Academy on naming the ACM Artist of the Decade Award after Dick Clark.  Although there is no award the entertainment industry has that can match the magnitude of the star Dick Clark was, and still is, it is an honor to get to be a part of the Academy’s tribute to him.  There may be others who have contributed as much to the music industry, but there is definitely no one that has contributed more than Dick Clark.  He was music’s best friend, and a dear friend to me,” said Garth Brooks.

 

Recipients of the ACM Artist of the Decade Award include Strait in 2009, Brooks in 1998, Alabama in 1988, Loretta Lynn in 1979 and Marty Robbins in 1969. The ACM Dick Clark Artist of the Decade Award is an Academy honor bestowed on a country music artist only once every decade.

 

Performers:

George Strait has won twenty Academy of Country Music Awards, including the Artist of the Decade award, an award that has only been given to four other acts in the Academy’s history.  He also holds the record for the most No. 1 hits on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. He has sold more than 68 million records, garnering him 32 different platinum or multi-platinum albums resulting in the most RIAA platinum certifications in country music and the third in all genres, behind The Beatles and Elvis Presley. Strait recently released his newest single, “Give It All We’ve Got Tonight”—the first release from his forthcoming 2013 album, Love is Everything, due in stores on May 14. Strait also placed #1 on Pollstar’s Concert Pulse chart in March after the first leg of his on-going two-year final U.S. tour, “The Cowboy Rides Away Tour” with special guest Martina McBride.

 

Garth Brooks is a pivotal figure in the history of country music, garnering over twenty ACM Awards, including six Entertainer of the Year Awards, an Artist of the Decade award, and a Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award, honoring individuals who are pioneers in the country music genre. Certified by the RIAA in 2000 as the #1-selling solo artist in U.S. history, Brooks has sold in excess of over 128 million albums and has received every accolade the recording industry can bestow on an artist. With his commercially savvy fusion of post-Merle Haggard country, honky-tonk, post-folk-rock sensitive singer/songwriter sensibilities, and ’70s arena rock dramatics, Brooks brought country music to a new audience in the ’90s — namely, a mass audience. Before Brooks, it was inconceivable for a country artist to go multi-platinum. He shattered that barrier in 1991, when his second album, No Fences, began its chart domination, and its follow-up, Ropin’ the Wind, became the first country album to debut at the top of the pop charts. He is currently raising his children in Oklahoma.

 

About the Academy of Country Music Awards

The 48th Academy of Country Music Awards is dedicated to honoring and showcasing the biggest names and emerging talent in the country music industry.  The show is produced for television by dick clark productions and will be broadcast LIVE from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas Sunday, April 7, 2013 at 8:00 PM live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network.  Allen Shapiro, Orly Adelson and R.A. Clark are executive producers.  Barry Adelman is producer, and Bob Bardo is the executive in charge of production. Bob Romeo is executive producer for the Academy of Country Music.

Additional Performers Announced for the 48th Annual ACM Awards – April 7 / Las Vegas

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JASON ALDEAN, KENNY CHESNEY, ERIC CHURCH, TIM McGRAW,
CARRIE UNDERWOOD, TAYLOR SWIFT, LADY ANTEBELLUM AND LITTLE BIG TOWN
TO PERFORM AT THE 48th ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS

TELECAST TO AIR LIVE FROM MGM GRAND GARDEN ARENA IN LAS VEGAS
Sunday, April 7, 2013 at 8:00 PM live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network

The Academy of Country Music and dick clark productions announced today that Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Tim McGraw, Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood, Lady Antebellum and Little Big Town are scheduled to perform as part of the 48th ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS.  This is the second round of artists announced as performers on this year’s broadcast. The ceremony, which will be co-hosted by Luke Bryan and Blake Shelton, honors country music’s top talent, as well as the industry’s hottest emerging artists.  It is produced for television by dick clark productions and will be broadcast LIVE from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas Sunday, April 7, 2013 at 8:00 PM live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network.

 

These artists join previously announced performers Luke Bryan, Kelly Clarkson, Hunter Hayes, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, George Strait and The Band Perry, as well as the 3rd Annual ACM Fan Jam, headlined by Brad Paisley along with special guests Dierks Bentley, Hunter Hayes, and New Artist of the Year Presented by Kohl’s nominees Brantley Gilbert, Jana Kramer and Florida Georgia Line.  LL Cool J has also been tapped to make a special appearance during this year’s ACM Fan Jam, emcee’d by Storme Warren.

 

Performers:

Jason Aldean is nominated this year for three Academy of Country Music awards, including his third consecutive nod for Entertainer of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year, as well as Vocal Event of the Year for “The Only Way I Know” with Luke Bryan and Eric Church.  Aldean recently played his first-ever Madison Square Garden show, which sold out in just seven minutes, when his “2013 NIGHT TRAIN TOUR” rolled into New York City for one of its many sold-out stops.  Aldean has solidified his stadium headliner status with upcoming sold-out shows at the University of Georgia’s Sanford Stadium, two nights at Boston’s Fenway Park and Chicago’s Wrigley Field.

 

Kenny Chesney has won eleven Academy of Country Music Awards, including four Entertainer of the Year Awards and the Crystal Milestone Award, an award that has only been given to five acts in the Academy’s history. He is nominated this year for Vocal Event of the Year for “Feel Like a Rock Star” with Tim McGraw. Chesney’s current single, “Pirate Flag” is burning up country radio – becoming his 8th Top 25 debut and being named USA Today’s Song of the Week. The song is the first single off of his upcoming Blue Chair/Columbia Nashville Records album Life on a Rock, set to be released on April 30. He has just kicked off his “No Shoes Nation Tour” on March 16 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, FL.


Eric Church leads with seven ACM award nominations, including Male Vocalist of the Year and his second consecutive nod for Album of the Year and Video of the Year.  He is twice nominated for Song of the Year for “Springsteen,” as both artist and composer.  Church also earned nominations for Single of the Year for “Springsteen” and for Vocal Event of the Year for “The Only Way I Know” with Jason Aldean and Luke Bryan.  His third album, “CHIEF,” reached Platinum and received several end-of-the-year “top album” accolades from NPR, Rolling Stone, SPIN, iTunes and the Los Angeles Times.  Church is a three-time GRAMMY nominee including a nod for Best Country Album, and his second and third single releases, “Drink In My Hand” and “Springsteen,” reached #1 on the country radio charts.  Church’s forthcoming live album release, “Caught In the Act: Live,” is currently available for pre-sale and will be released on April 9.

In his record-shattering career, Tim McGraw is a fifteen-time ACM award winner, and has sold more than 40 million albums as well as dominated the charts with 33 #1 singles. Since the release of his debut album in 1993, he has also won three GRAMMYs, twelve Country Music Association Awards, and ten American Music Awards, while simultaneously maintaining a parallel career as a successful actor in such films as “The Blind Side,” “Country Strong,” and “Friday Night Lights”—as well as hosting “Saturday Night Live,” a rare honor for a singer in any genre. McGraw is also spotlighting the hottest music of the summer and calling on his friends to help kick off the 2013 touring season for ACM PRESENTS: TIM McGRAW’s SUPERSTAR SUMMER NIGHT.  The CBS-broadcasted special will feature high-octane performances and musical collaborations from Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Ne-Yo, Pitbull, Taylor Swift, Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum and more to be announced, for a two-hour, star-studded concert event benefitting ACM Lifting Lives, the philanthropic arm of the Academy of Country Music dedicated to improving lives through the power of music.

 

Reigning Entertainer of the Year, and seven-time GRAMMY winner, Taylor Swift, received five ACM nominations, including her fourth consecutive nod for Entertainer of the Year.  If Swift wins Entertainer of the Year, this will be her third consecutive win in that category. Swift is nominated for the sixth time for Female Vocalist of the Year and for the fourth time for Video of the Year for “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together.” She also received a double nomination for Album of the Year for Red as artist and producer.  Swift is the first artist since the Beatles (and the only female artist in history) to log six or more weeks at #1 with three consecutive studio albums, and she is the only female artist in music history (and the fourth artist ever) to twice have an album hit the one million first-week sales figure. Swift recently scored her fourth consecutive #1 single from her RED album, and just kicked off her highly-anticipated “The RED Tour,” playing to capacity crowds at 66 stops (including 13 stadiums) through North America until September 21.

 

Carrie Underwood is nominated for Female Vocalist of the Year, marking her eighth consecutive nomination for this category – she has won three times.  She is also nominated for Album of the Year for Blown Away.  Having won a total of ten ACM Awards, Underwood is also a two-time Entertainer of the Year winner.  In 2010, she was honored with the ACM Triple Crown, an award presented to an elite group of country music artists who boast wins for New Artist, Male/Female Vocalist and Entertainer of the Year. Underwood is currently on her critically-acclaimed international “Blown Away Tour,” which began at London’s historic Royal Albert Hall and is now making its way through North America.

 

Lady Antebellum is an ACM award-winning trio comprised of Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood. The band recently received their fifth ACM Award nomination for Vocal Group of the Year, an award they have won for three consecutive years.  The seven-time GRAMMY-winning trio’s current single, “Downtown” is the lead single off of their upcoming fourth Capitol Nashville release Golden, scheduled to come out May 7. The track hit big out of the gate, becoming the trio’s highest-charting debut on the Country radio charts.

 

Little Big Town leads ACM award group nominations with four nods, including their seventh nomination for Vocal Group of the Year. They are also nominated for Album of the Year, Single Record of the Year for “Pontoon” and Video of the Year for “Tornado.”  The Grammy-winning country group, consisting of members Karen Fairchild, Phillip Sweet, Kimberly Schlapman, and Jimi Westbrook, first entered the music scene over thirteen years ago, and their fifth studio album, Tornado, debuted at the top of the Billboard Country Chart where it stayed in the #1 position for five consecutive weeks. The album produced by Jay Joyce, includes two-time platinum-selling #1 hit single “Pontoon,” and follow-up single and title-track “Tornado,” which also peaked at the #1 position.   The foursome has played in front of over 4 million people to-date and is currently headlining their Tornado Tour across the US and Canada. They will join Keith Urban on tour later this summer.

 

About the Academy of Country Music Awards
The 48th Academy of Country Music Awards is dedicated to honoring and showcasing the biggest names and emerging talent in the country music industry.  The show is produced for television by dick clark productions and will be broadcast LIVE from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas Sunday, April 7, 2013 at 8:00 PM live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network.  Allen Shapiro, Orly Adelson and R.A. Clark are executive producers.  Barry Adelman is producer, and Bob Bardo is the executive in charge of production. Bob Romeo is executive producer for the Academy of Country Music.

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Performers Announced for 3rd Annual ACM Fan Jam / April 7- Las Vegas

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3rd ANNUAL ACM FAN JAM HEADLINER BRAD PAISLEY TO PERFORM
ON ACM AWARDS ALONG WITH HIS SPECIAL GUESTS
DIERKS BENTLEY AND HUNTER HAYES
AND NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR NOMINEES
BRANTLEY GILBERT, JANA KRAMER & FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE

LL COOL J TO MAKE A SPECIAL APPEARANCE & GAC HOST STORME WARREN
TO EMCEE THE FAN JAM & POST-AWARD CONCERT

THE 48TH ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC® AWARDS
NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR AWARD PRESENTED BY KOHL’S
TO BE BESTOWED DURING LIVE REMOTE FROM
ACM FAN JAM AT THE ORLEANS ARENA SUNDAY, APRIL 7, 2013

Fan Jam Tickets Available Now Through The Orleans Hotel and Casino at 888-234-2334

The Academy of Country Music and dick clark productions announced today that Brad Paisley, headliner of the 3rd Annual ACM Fan Jam and Post-Award Concert, will perform at the event, with his special guests Dierks Bentley and Hunter Hayes joining the Fan Jam.  ACM New Artist of the Year Presented by Kohl’s Department Stores nominees Brantley Gilbert, Jana Kramer and Florida Georgia Line have also been added to the line-up.  GRAMMY® Award-winning artist LL Cool J, star of the hit CBS drama series “NCIS: LOS ANGELES,” and who will be releasing his new album Authentic on April 30, will make a special appearance during the event.  GAC’s Headline Country Host Storme Warren will emcee for the first time.  The concert will also feature an additional performance in support of the ACM Lifting Lives® on-stage moment, an annual initiative that raises money for designated charities, with the artist to be announced in the coming weeks.  ACM Fan Jam is the fans-only, live concert event taking place in Las Vegas during and after the 48th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards, broadcast Sunday, April 7, 2013 at 8:00 PM live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network.

 

As previously announced, multiple ACM Award-winner Brad Paisley will headline the 3rd Annual ACM Fan Jam, which gives country music lovers the ultimate fan-pass to be part of the 48th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards.  Throughout the three-hour Awards telecast from the MGM Grand Garden Arena, there will be live ACM Fan Jam performances by top tier music acts, via remote, from The Orleans Arena, with the party continuing in a Post-Award Concert.  During commercial breaks, there will be a profusion of entertainment, including performances by country music acts, along with prizes and special giveaways only for attendees, such as autographed guitars, trip packages to music events and merchandise.  Tickets for the ACM Fan Jam are priced at $55 and are on sale NOW by calling The Orleans Arena Box Office at 888-234-2334 or by visiting www.orleansarena.com.

 

After making it through the first round of fan voting, nominees Gilbert, Kramer and Florida Georgia Line will now compete for the coveted title of ACM New Artist of the Year Presented by Kohl’s.  The winner will be announced and the award presented on the ACM Fan Jam stage during the LIVE Awards telecast.  Fans can vote for their favorite New Artist at www.VoteACM.com beginning Monday, March 25th at 3:00 PM ET/12:00 PM PT until Sunday, April 7th at 8:00 PM ET/5:00 PM PT (before the LIVE show starts).

 

PERFORMERS

 

Brad Paisley has won 14 Academy of Country Music Awards, including Male Vocalist of the Year a record-setting five consecutive times, and wins in the Album of the Year, Video of the Year and Vocal Event of the Year categories.  His eighth studio album, Wheelhouse, is scheduled to be released April 9, and the debut single “Southern Comfort Zone” recently became his 21st #1 hit and “Beat This Summer” is his current single.  Paisley’s highly anticipated “Beat This Summer Tour presented by Cracker Barrel Old Country Store®” kicks off May 9 in St. Louis, Missouri and will hit more than 29 cities in the United States and Canada during the summer months.

 

Dierks Bentley is an ACM Award-winning singer/songwriter that has forged his own brand of country music combining classic country songwriting, influences of bluegrass instrumentation and the energy of rock & roll. Bentley’s sixth studio album Home, released in 2012, debuted at #1 and has spawned 3 chart-toppings hits, marking 10 career #1 songs as a singer and songwriter.  He is currently on the “Locked & Reloaded Tour” with longtime friend Miranda Lambert.  On April 6, Bentley will also headline the ACM Party for a Cause Festival, a 2-day outdoor music festival during “The Week Vegas Goes Country®.”

Hunter Hayes has six ACM nominations, including two in the Song of the Year category as the artist and composer, as well as in the Single Record of the Year category as the artist and producer for “Wanted.”  He rounds out his nominations with New Male Vocalist of the Year and Video of the Year for “Wanted.”  Hunter’s GRAMMY® nominated self-titled debut album has generated three smash hits, including his current single, “Somebody’s Heartbreak,” which has already entered the Top 5 and is certified Gold, as well as his near Triple Platinum-selling #1 single “Wanted.”  Hunter Hayes is a celebrated musician, songwriter and performer who currently is on the “Blown Away Tour” with Carrie Underwood.

Brantley Gilbert has two Academy of Country Music Award nominations this year – New Artist of the Year and New Male Vocalist of the Year, and his unique sound of Country-Rock-Soul has turned him into one of country’s hottest newcomers.  Gilbert’s sophomore project, the Gold-certified Halfway to Heaven Deluxe debuted at #2 on the Billboard Country Albums Chart and produced two Gold #1 singles, “Country Must Be Country Wide” and “You Don’t Know Her Like I Do.”  As a celebrated songwriter, he has also penned three #1 hits – “My Kinda Party,” “Dirt Road Anthem,” and “Country Must Be Country Wide.”  Gilbert is currently playing to sold-out arenas in the U.K. and North America on his “Hell on Wheels Tour.”

 

Jana Kramer is the Academy of Country Music Award’s New Female Vocalist of the Year and is also nominated for New Artist of the Year as one of the freshest young voices in country music today.  Kramer, whose self-titled album was named “Best of 2012” by Billboard and iTunes, has impressively sold over a million tracks, including more than 100,000 of the new single “Whiskey” and over a half million of “Why Ya Wanna.”  In addition to her debut album premiering at #5, the success of “Why Ya Wanna” also earned Kramer the title of highest charting debut single from a new female artist since 2006 (previously held by Taylor Swift), as well as making her one of the fastest rising debut artists of 2012.  She will be on the road with Darius Rucker’s “True Believers Tour” in May, and will join the North American “Ten Times Crazier Tour” with Blake Shelton and Easton Corbin on July 19 in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

 

Florida Georgia Line has three Academy of Country Music Award nominations this year – New Artist of the Year, New Vocal Duo or Group of the Year and Vocal Duo of the Year.  Since releasing the top-selling, multi-week #1 debut single “Cruise,” which has since hit Double Platinum, this hot country duo has been quickly garnering buzz among fans, media and superstars alike.  Their debut album Here’s to the Good Times earned the highest debut album sales of 2012 for a new country artist, and they’re currently traveling North America with Luke Bryan on his “Dirt Road Diaries Tour.”

 

LL Cool J is an entertainment icon who has found great success crossing into multiple mediums.  A two-time GRAMMY® Award winner, recording artist, talented actor, author, NAACP Image Award winner, entrepreneur and philanthropist, LL continues to display his wide range of talents with every project.  He currently stars in the CBS hit primetime drama series, “NCIS: LOS ANGELES,” and continuing his musical expedition three decades after he first released music, LL is proudly prepping to release his latest project, Authentic.

 

The ACM Fan Jam is part of THE ACM EXPERIENCE, which takes place in conjunction with “The Week Vegas Goes Country®,” and is a family-friendly country music lifestyle event that includes the free-to-the-public ACM Expo and the ACM Party for a Cause Festival to be held April-5-April 7, 2013 at The Orleans Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.  Room and ticket packages are available by calling The Orleans Hotel and Casino at 800-675-3267 or visiting www.BoydGaming.com/ACMExperience.

 

For updates on the ACM Fan Jam, THE ACM EXPERIENCE and the ACM Awards, please log onto www.ACMcountry.com, like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AcademyOfCountryMusic or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ACMawards.

 

About the Academy of Country Music Awards

The 48th Academy of Country Music Awards is dedicated to honoring and showcasing the biggest names and emerging talent in the country music industry.  The show is produced for television by dick clark productions and will be broadcast LIVE from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas Sunday, April 7, 2013 at 8:00 PM live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network.  Allen Shapiro, Orly Adelson and R.A. Clark are executive producers.  Barry Adelman is producer, and Bob Bardo is the executive in charge of production. Bob Romeo is executive producer for the Academy of Country Music.