WINNERS ANNOUNCED FOR THE 49th ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC® AWARDS

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WINNERS ANNOUNCED FOR THE 49th ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC® AWARDS
GEORGE STRAIT NAMED ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR,
MIRANDA LAMBERT & KEITH URBAN TIED WITH 3 WINS

JERRY JONES & GEORGE STRAIT ANNOUNCED 50TH ACM AWARDS TO BE
BROADCAST FROM AT&T STADIUM IN ARLINGTON, TX
SUNDAY, APRIL 19, 2015 ON CBS

Winners have been announced for the 49th ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS, a star-studded ceremony broadcast LIVE tonight on the CBS Television Network from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Fans named George Strait the Entertainer of the Year, the evening’s biggest honor and the second win of his career in that category. This year marked another record-breaking year with 1.5 million fan votes cast for Entertainer of the Year and New Artist of the Year categories combined, and also marked the first time online fan voting for these categories were open to fans in Australia and Canada.

The king of country music and newly crowned Entertainer of the Year, George Strait, also participated in a special moment with Owner, President and General Manager of the Dallas Cowboys, Jerry Jones during the telecast announcing the 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS to be broadcast LIVE from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX on Sunday, April 19, 2015 at 8:00 PM live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network. It was also announced that Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan will return to co-host the show.

Merle Haggard was honored with the Crystal Milestone Award, which was presented by Garth Brooks and celebrated with a tribute performance featuring Miranda Lambert and George Strait.

Jason Aldean won Male Vocalist of the Year, his second consecutive win in this category. He has won an overall total of 7 ACM Awards.

Miranda Lambert won for the fifth consecutive year as Female Vocalist of the Year, and is now the record holder for the most consecutive wins in that category. She is the leading female winner of the night, with a total of three trophies. Lambert also took the prize for Single Record of the Year for “Mama’s Broken Heart,” and Vocal Event of the Year for “We Were Us” with Keith Urban.
The Band Perry won their first Vocal Group of the Year award. This marks their third overall ACM win; they won the New Vocal Duo or Group of the Year award and New Artist of the Year in 2010.

Artists Florida Georgia Line won Vocal Duo of the Year. This is their first win in this category, and third overall ACM Award win.

Justin Moore received his first-ever Academy of Country Music Award tonight for New Artist of the Year Presented by Kohl’s Department Stores, a fan-voted category.

Kacey Musgraves won Album of the Year as the artist and producer for Same Trailer Different Park. This award marks her first-ever ACM Award win.

Keith Urban is the leading male winner of the night with a total of three trophies in two categories. Prior to the telecast, Urban took the prize for Video of the Year as artist for “Highway Don’t Care” with Tim McGraw and Taylor Swift. He also won Vocal Event of the Year as artist and producer for “We Were Us” with Miranda Lambert. Both awards were presented off-camera.

Following is the list of winners in the 11 categories voted on by the membership (excluding the Entertainer of the Year and New Artist categories, which were voted on by a combination of professional ACM members and fans):

Entertainer of the Year
George Strait

Male Vocalist of the year
Jason Aldean

Female Vocalist of the year
Miranda Lambert

Vocal Duo of the year
Florida Georgia Line

Vocal Group OF THE YEAR
The Band Perry

NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR PRESENTED BY KOHL’S
Justin Moore

ALBUM OF THE YEAR [Awarded to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company–Label(s)]
Same Trailer Different Park – Kacey Musgraves
Producers: Luke Laird, Shane McAnally, Kacey Musgraves
Record Label: Mercury Records

Single Record of the Year [Awarded to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company–Label(s)]
Mama’s Broken Heart – Miranda Lambert
Producers: Chuck Ainlay, Frank Liddell, Glenn Worf
Record Label: RCA Nashville

Song of the Year [Awarded to Songwriter(s)/Publisher(s)/Artist(s)]
I Drive Your Truck – Lee Brice
Songwriters: Jessi Alexander, Connie Harrington, Jimmy Yeary
Publishers: Beattyville Music (BMI), EMI Blackwood Music, Inc. (BMI), Great Day At This Music (BMI), Happy Tears Music (ASCAP), Vistaville Music (ASCAP), Watch This Girl Publishing (BMI)

Video of the Year [Awarded to Producer(s)/Director(s)/Artist(s)] *(Off Camera Award)
Highway Don’t Care – Tim McGraw Featuring Taylor Swift & Keith Urban
Producers: Tameron Hedge, Chandra LaPlume
Director: Shane Drake

Vocal Event of the Year [Awarded to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company–Label(s)]*(Off Camera Award)
We Were Us – Keith Urban And Miranda Lambert
Producers: Nathan Chapman, Keith Urban
Record Labels: Capitol Records Nashville, Hit Red Records, RCA Nashville

For a complete list of past and present wins and nominations, please visit www.acmcountry.com and search the ACM Awards Database located on the Homepage.

 

About the Academy of Country Music Awards
The 49th 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 was broadcast LIVE from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas Sunday, April 6, 2014 at 8:00 PM live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network. Allen Shapiro, Mike Mahan, R.A. Clark and Barry Adelman are executive producers. Bob Romeo is executive producer for the Academy of Country Music.

THE ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC ANNOUNCES SPONSORS AND PARTNERS

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THE ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC ANNOUNCES SPONSORS AND PARTNERS
FOR EVENTS THROUGHOUT THE WEEK VEGAS GOES COUNTRY®

THE 49TH ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS BROADCAST LIVE
FROM THE MGM GRAND GARDEN ARENA IN LAS VEGAS
SUNDAY, APRIL 6, 2014 ON THE CBS TELEVISION NETWORK

The Academy of Country Music and dick clark productions announced today the sponsors and promotional partners including Amazon, Barefoot Wine & Bubbly, Beats Music, Cabela’s, CAT Entertainment Services, ConAgra Foods, Coors, Cumulus, Dr Pepper, Firestone, Grey Goose, Hostess, Justin Boots, Kohl’s Department Stores, the city of Las Vegas, Martin Guitar, Music Choice, Ole Smoky, PEOPLE Magazine, Pure Via, Ram Trucks, Shazam, SoundExchange, The Boot Campaign, Wrangler Jeans, Yahoo and more associated with events throughout the Week Vegas Goes Country®.  The week culminates with the 49th Academy of Country Music Awards broadcast from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas Sunday, April 6, 2014 at 8:00 PM live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network.   Sponsors and partners for the 49th ACM Awards include:

  • City of Las Vegas “The Week Vegas Goes Country®” is a great example of two brands, the Academy of Country Music and Las Vegas, uniting to deliver unrivaled excitement to thousands of loyal country music fans. The fun-filled weekend is full of exclusive parties, celebrity meet-and-greets and concerts that only this partnership could provide access to. This is the eighth year that “The Week Vegas Goes Country®” has brought unprecedented access to country music stars.
  • Amazon – Amazon, the world’s largest online retailer, will provide fans with a comprehensive hub to discover all things ACMs. The partnership will also allow customers to purchase a selection of music from nominees and performers at discounted prices.
  • ConAgra Foods – ConAgra Foods Child Hunger Ends Here program has partnered with ACM Lifting Lives to raise awareness about child hunger in America. At the ACM Party for a Cause Festival, fans will be encouraged to participate with their Child Hunger Ends Here Hope Grocery Experience to learn how they can help with the cause.
  • Coors – Coors has been a proud partner of the Academy of Country Music for over 19 years, proving that great music and ice cold beer is a winning combination. As the exclusive beer partner of the ACM All-Star Jam, Coors helps toast the evening to the recently announced ACM Award Winners. And the ACM Party for a Cause Festival wouldn’t be complete without the Coors Party Bars; a place for fans to sit, relax, and enjoy a Coors.
  • Cumulus – Cumulus Media Networks and the Academy of Country Music have joined forces to engage fans by delivering exclusive cutting edge content through affiliate platforms, including radio, station websites and social media. Cumulus reaches more country fans through its platform than any other broadcaster in the world.  Radio coverage of the ACM Awards will feature original programming, including a two-hour red carpet radio show in advance of the awards along with prime positioning and unprecedented access to talent, offering an unparalleled and unique experience for millions and millions of listeners.
  • Dr Pepper – Through in-store, on-line, and national radio sweepstakes, Dr Pepper gave fans the chance to win a VIP Experience with Rascal Flatts this year at the ACM Awards, giving them a one-of-a-kind experience only Diet Dr Pepper can deliver. But don’t worry, you can still snap your picture on Diet Dr Pepper Red Carpet Experience at the ACM Party For a Cause Festival.
  • Justin Boots – As the “Official Boots of the Academy of Country Music Awards”, Justin Boots asked their fans to submit stories about which artist they would most like to thank for making music that changed their lives. Winning story will be awarded the ultimate fan experience during the Week Vegas Goes Country.
  • Kohl’s –Kohl’s is presenting ACM’s New Artist of the Year Award to recognize country music’s New Artists and rising talent. Winning the New Artist of the Year Award is a pivotal moment in any new artist’s career and Kohl’s is proud to sponsor that moment.
  • Music Choice – Multi-platform video and music network Music Choice will air over 30 hours of Academy of Country Music Awards-related moments and archival content across all its properties including Music Choice Play, Video On Demand, Music Channels and MusicChoice.com.
  • PEOPLE Magazine – 750,000 fans will find in their inbox the highly entertaining PEOPLE.com Daily e-blast with ACM tune-in inclusions the week leading up to the telecast.
  • RAM – Ram Trucks knows it takes guts to stand on the ACM stage, which is why Ram is continuing to power the vote for ACM Entertainer of the Year and entitling the “ACM Ram Red Carpet.” At the Ram Ride and Drive outdoor test track at the ACM Party for  Cause Festival, fans can experience firsthand the refined interior, capabilities and handling of the Ram 1500, the only vehicle to win Motor Trend’s Truck of the Year for two consecutive years,  and watch the “Raminator” monster truck crush cars and provide live demos throughout the weekend.
  • Shazam – The Academy of Country Music Awards has partnered with music and TV App Shazam to provide viewers with a second screen experience of the show. When viewers use Shazam anytime during the broadcast, they will have access to nominee and performer information, additional free artist content, and the ability to download music from the Academy of Country Music Awards nominees and performers.
  • Wrangler Jeans – The “Official Jeans of the ACM Awards” is partnering with the Academy to deliver behind-the-scenes glimpses of a network award show through its newest initiative, the Wrangler Network, a first-of-its-kind mobile and online destination that serves as a centralized hub for all Western lifestyle content. Through this online platform, fans will be able to access the exclusive content by visiting www.WranglerNetwork.com after the show. Country music fans can stay tuned to www.WranglerNetwork.com and www.Facebook.com/WranglerWestern for more exclusive ACM coverage and giveaways.
  • Yahoo – Yahoo will exclusively live stream a 90-minute Academy of Country Music Awards red carpet pre-show from 6:30pm – 8pm EST. RAM Country on Yahoo Music (http://ramcountry.music.yahoo.com) will also feature extensive editorial coverage around the event, top moments from past shows, special exclusives and much more.
  Sponsors and partners for the 2nd Annual ACM Party for a Cause Festival include:
  • Beats Music – Beats Music is enhancing the backstage greenroom for performing artists at the ACM Party for a Cause festival, giving them a place to relax before taking the stage, and get a chance to demo the app, receive VIP free trials, a custom photo booth and lots of Beats swag
  • Cabela’s – For the second year, the ACM & Cabela’s Great Outdoor Archery Event, part of the ACM Party for a Cause Festival weekend events, will bring together hosts Luke Bryan and Justin Moore along with several other country music artist to test their skills in an archery exhibition.
  • CAT Entertainment Services – CAT Entertainment Services has joined us a a partner for this year and is providing all of the generator power and technicians for the stages and festival
  • Firestone – Country fans will have the chance to experience the Firestone auto simulator and meet some of their favorite Country stars when they visit the Firestone booth at the ACM Party for a Cause festival.
  • Hostess – Celebrate with Hostess® at the ACM Party for a Cause Festival. Fans can enjoy Hostess snack samples and win a chance to upgrade your seats. Plus, be on the lookout for special appearances by Twinkie the Kid!
  • Ole Smoky – Ole Smoky Moonshine will be bringing the best Tennessee moonshine with their Mobile Holler at the ACM Party for a Cause Festival.
  • Pure Via – Pure Via, the all-natural, non-GMO, zero-calorie sweetener, is giving fans a chance to meet Jewel at the ACM booth at the ACM Party For a Cause Festival on Saturday at 2:30pm.
  • The Boot Campaign – Fans of the ACM Party for a Cause Festival will have the opportunity to compete against decorated military Veterans in a push-up competition for charity, and meet some of their favorite country music artists.
  Sponsors and partners for the ACM Lifting Lives Celebrity Golf Classic include:
  • Presenting Sponsor: Segway
  • Co-Sponsors: Sound Image and Live Nation.
  • Participating Sponsors: PING, William Morris Endeavor, The Fitzgerald Hartley Company, McGhee Entertainment, Creative Artists Agency, Champion Risk & Insurance Services, L.P., Richards & Southern Inc., Loeb & Loeb LLC, Van Atkins Jewelers, Fry’s Electronics, Inc. and G/FORE.
  • Contributing Sponsors: Big Machine Label Group, Buck Owens’ Enterprises, Buddy Lee Attractions, Losers Most Wanted Bar and Grill, Miller Coors, PARADIGM, Police Productions, Premier Global Production, SESAC, Sony Music Nashville, Universal Music Group Nashville and Warner Music Group.
  Sponsors and partners for the ACM All-Star Jam post-party include:
  • Barefoot Wine & Bubbly – Barefoot Wine & Bubbly will be on hand at the ACM All-Star Jam as the Official Wine sponsor, so fans can kick-off their boots and enjoy the ACM’s no-holds-barred musical tradition.
  • Grey Goose –The World’s Best Tasting Vodka, is hosting a VIP ultra premium lounge at the ACM All Star Jam.  This year’s experience provides invited guests a night of celebration and fun while enjoying world class Grey Goose cocktails.
  • Martin Guitar – Martin Guitar has been making the world’s best acoustic guitars for over 180 years. Country music superstars performing at the ACM All-Star Jam will have the opportunity to play these premiere guitars backstage, courtesy of C.F. Martin & Co., Inc.
  • SoundExchange – The ACM All-Star Jam is sponsored in part by SoundExchange, an independent performance rights organization with a mission to support, protect and propel the entire music industry forward. SoundExchange collects and distributes digital royalties for the streaming of sound recordings for recording artists like those performing at the ACM Awards.
  For more information, visit www.ACMcountry.com, www.ACMAwards.com , like us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter at @ACMawards for more immediate updates.  Download the FREE ACM App for maps, information and to build your own schedule for The Week Vegas Goes Country®. iPhone users can download the app HERE and Andriod users can download the app on Google Play HERE .

PHOTOS: ACM Week Kick Off Party Headlined by Hunter Hayes – 4/3

Last night, the Academy of Country Music officially kicked off “The Week Vegas Goes Country”® with the ACM Week Kick Off Party with 95.5 The Bull, a free open-to-the-public concert event headlined by Hunter Hayes with performances by David Nail, Cole Swindell and Sasha McVeigh at The LINQ. The event served as a preview to the 2nd Annual ACM Party for a Cause® Festival, the two-day outdoor music festival headlined by Rascal Flatts and Keith Urban on Friday, April 4 and Saturday, April 5, respectively, also being held at The LINQ.

The events are all a part of The Week Vegas Goes Country® leading up to the 49th Academy of Country Music Awards on Sunday, April 6, 2014 at 8:00 PM live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network. For more information, visit www.ACMcountry.com, like us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter at @ACMawards for more immediate updates.

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ACM Announces Fan Activities & Brand Partnerships for the 2nd Annual ACM Party for a Cause Festival

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THE ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC ANNOUNCES FAN ACTIVITIES & BRAND PARTNERSHIPS FOR THE 2ND ANNUAL ACM PARTY FOR A CAUSE® FESTIVAL
AT THE LINQ IN LAS VEGAS DURING “THE WEEK VEGAS GOES COUNTRY®”

SUPERSTARS RASCAL FLATTS & KEITH URBAN HEADLINE THE TWO-DAY FESTIVAL
FEATURING A STAR-STUDDED LINEUP ON FRIDAY AND SATURDAY, APRIL 4 AND 5, 2014

FREE OPEN-TO-THE PUBLIC KICK OFF PARTY HEADLINED BY HUNTER HAYES
ON THURSDAY, APRIL 3, 2014

TICKETS ON SALE NOW AT TICKETMASTER.COM

The Academy of Country Music announced today the partners, activities and special events taking place during the 2nd Annual ACM Party for a Cause® Festival, a two-day outdoor music festival headlined by Rascal Flatts and Keith Urban on Friday, April 4 and Saturday, April 5. The festival will be the first-ever special event held at the The LINQ in Las Vegas and will transform into a country music fan’s paradise featuring multiple stages for ongoing LIVE country music performances, interactive games, a country marketplace, and more including the ACM & Cabela’s Great Outdoors Archery Event, ACM Expo Marketplace presented by Roper, Coors Light Beer Garden, Diet Dr Pepper Red Carpet Experience, Firestone’s Destination Country Tour, RAM Ride and Drive and many more.

“We are thrilled to partner with some of America’s most recognized brands in order to create a dynamic, interactive experience for our fans,” said Teresa George, Senior Vice President, Brand Integration and Strategic Partnerships for the Academy of Country Music. “Each brand’s participation is pivotal in making The Week Vegas Goes Country® one of the most exciting weeks in Las Vegas!”

The 2nd Annual ACM Party for a Cause Festival is part of The Week Vegas Goes Country® leading up to the 49th Academy of Country Music Awards on Sunday, April 6, 2014 at 8:00 PM live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network. Two-day passes for the ACM Party for a Cause® Festival headlined by Rascal Flatts on Friday and Keith Urban on Saturday are available for $65 and one-day tickets are available for $45 at www.ticketmaster.com.  Other performers include Danielle Bradbery, Justin Moore, Cassadee Pope, Thomas Rhett, Florida Georgia Line and The Cadillac Three plus Will Hoge, Chase Rice and Charlie Worsham on Friday night and Lee Brice, Brett Eldredge, Tyler Farr, Kip Moore, Joe Nichols, Jerrod Niemann, Chris Young, Love and Theft and Parmalee plus Joel Crouse, Jon Pardi, Leah Turner, Austin Webb, Dan + Shay, and Max Impact, the premier rock band of the United States Air Force, on Saturday night.

A free open-to-the-public concert event, ACM Week Kick Off Party with 95.5 The Bull, will officially kick off the Week Vegas Goes Country® on Thursday, April 3, 2014 at The LINQ and serve as a preview to the 2nd Annual ACM Party for a Cause Festival.  The event will be headlined by Hunter Hayes and feature performances by David Nail, Cole Swindell and Sasha McVeigh.

For more information, visit www.ACMcountry.com, www.ACMAwards.com , like us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter at @ACMawards for more immediate updates.  Hours for ACM Party for a Cause® Festival are Friday, April 4, 2014 from 4:00PM – 12:00AM and Saturday, April 5, 2014 from 12:00PM – 2:00AM. Download the FREE ACM App for maps, information and to build your own schedule for The Week Vegas Goes Country®. iPhone users can download the app HERE and Andriod users can download the app on Google Play HERE.

Additional details on the events, activations and partners for the 2nd Annual ACM Party for a Cause Festival can be found below:

ACM and CABELA’S GREAT OUTDOOR ARCHERY EVENT – SATURDAY APRIL 5

Luke Bryan and Justin Moore will host this unique event at THE LINQ, bringing together country music artists and fans in an archery exhibition featuring 3D and traditional targets.  Lee Brice, Dallas Davidson, Tyler Farr, Brantley Gilbert, Chris Janson, Dustin Lynch, Thomas Rhett, Ashton Shepherd, Chase Rice, Josh Thompson, Austin Webb, Chuck Wicks and Florida Georgia Line will use Cabela’s Regulator and Instigator compound bows to test their skills and knowledge archery. A public viewing area will open at 9:30 a.m., with camouflage carpet arrivals also set to begin at 9:30 a.m. An exhibition tournament will follow.

ACM EXPO MARKETPLACE

For the ultimate country shopping and marketplace experience, the ACM EXPO presented by Roper includes shopping and experiential exhibits. Unique vendors from all over the country will offer a variety of products and artists will stop by various booths to take pictures and sign autographs. EXPO booths will be open 6:00PM-11:00PM on Thursday, April 3 during the free open-to-the-public ACM Week Kick Off Party with 95.5 The Bull, and during the ACM Party for a Cause Festival from 4:00PM-10:00PM on Friday, April 4 and 12:00PM-10:00PM on Saturday, April 5.

ACM & ACM LIFTING LIVES BOOTH

Check out the history and what’s new with the Academy of Country Music. Win prizes including a chance to attend the 49th Annual ACM Awards on Sunday, April 6, interact with our official social media booth and sign up to become a member of the ACM A-List. Lots of great ACM merchandise available!

AUTOGRAPH SIGNINGS

Fans will have the chance to get an autograph from several artists at the festival! PureVia presents a signing by Jewel at the ACM booth, Cowboy Troy and Joe Nichols will be appearing at the Roper booth, and Joel Crouse, Will Hoge, Chase Rice, Leah Turner, and Austin Webb will stop by the ConAgra, Dr Pepper, Firestone and RAM booths. More artists to be announced – daily updates will be available at the festival Info Booth.

BOOT CAMPAIGN

EXPRESS YOUR PATRIOTISM and GRATITUDE for our troops at the BOOT CAMPAIGN booth! This national nonprofit, dedicated to awareness, patriotism and assistance for the military and their families, is hosting an interactive booth to let you meet surprise celebrity guests and receive cool prizes when you Pushup for Charity. Learn more at the Boot Campaign booth!

DRIVE A FIRESTONE AND DESTINATION COUNTRY TOUR

The Drive a Firestone Tour is a nationwide celebration of Firestone’s passion for performance, the journey, and now, country music. For the 2014 Academy of Country Music Awards, Firestone introduces Destination Country – a new interactive twist on tour. Firestone is adding a kick of country flare to its larger than life fan activation zone. From a customized, rugged Firestone Destination Jeep to a historic display of tires dating back to the early 1900’s, we’re bringing the legacy of Firestone to life. Put yourself in the driver’s seat of a realistic IndyCar racing video game and best of all, stop by for autograph signings by some of your favorite new country artists. We’re turning up the volume at this year’s ACM awards, so come visit Firestone at ACM Party For A Cause® Festival!

Exclusive genetics bucking bull arena

Exclusive Genetics (EG), a world leader in the bucking bull industry, will host a bucking bull competition at the festival Exhibition Arena in honor of the inauguration of National Bucking Bull Day (NBBD). Check out the EG Bucking Bulls Champion’s Tour as live bucking bulls compete daily for over $225,000 in prize money. Demonstrations are scheduled for 4:30pm, 5:15pm, 6:00pm and 7:45pm on Friday as well as 12:45pm, 2:30pm and 4:30pm on Saturday.  Guest of honor Moe Bandy will also perform on Saturday at 12:15pm.

FUN ZONE

Stop by this year’s interactive Fun Zone where you can test your skills on the mechanical bull or go sky-high on the bungee jump.

RAM RIDE AND DRIVE

Fans can experience firsthand the best-in-class performance, capabilities and competitive advantages of RAM Trucks at the RAM Ride and Drive outdoor test track. The Ram Ride and Drive is comprised of several obstacles, including a thrilling 13-foot climb where passengers experience the traction capabilities of a RAM pickup truck when driving over a 30-degree angle RAM Mountain. Fans can also check out the new features of the 2014 RAM 1500, Motor Trend’s Truck of the Year® – the first ever back-to-back champion! RAM’s monster truck the “RAMinator” will be on-site throughout the weekend to power up, crush cars and provide live demos.

Food and bEVERAGE

  • COORS LIGHT BEER GARDEN

Sit down, relax and enjoy a cold one while watching one of their many big screen TVs & listening to great country music!

  • DIET DR PEPPER RED CARPET EXPERIENCE

Sample the One of a Kind taste of Dr Pepper, Dr Pepper TEN, and Diet Dr Pepper and get a taste of the spotlight while getting your photos snapped on the replica ACM Red Carpet.

  • FOOD COURT

Try food from local and national food trucks and vendors as you enjoy music from the nearby stage including Ben’s BBQ, Border Grill, Island Time Floats, Kracklin Corn, LobsterMe, Me So Hungry Truck, Montana Bar-BQ, Nona’s Kitchen, Poppy the Pizza Guys, Wow Candy Wow and W.W. Enterprises.

  • HOSTESS®

Hostess® wants to make your day even sweeter. Visit their tent for free treats and a chance to win seat upgrades!  You can also follow Hostess on Facebook at facebook.com/Hostess, on Instagram at Hostess_Snacks and on Twitter at @Hostess_Snacks.

  • OLE SMOKY MOONSHINE

A true moonshine experience. Ole Smoky’s Original Moonshine is an unaged corn whiskey made from corn grown by local farmers in East Tennessee. Their century old recipe proclaims a grain bill of 80% corn, with the remaining 20% a secret that gives Ole Smoky the distinct character and bold flavor of Tennessee moonshine. Come on over to our Mobile Holler and grab one our moonshine cocktails!

MERLE HAGGARD TO BE HONORED WITH THE CRYSTAL MILESTONE AWARD AT THE 49TH ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS

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WORKING MAN’S POET: A TRIBUTE TO MERLE HAGGARD
TO BE RELEASED ON BROKEN BOW RECORDS
Star-Studded Tribute Album Featuring New Recordings Of The Hag’s Classics By Some Of Today’s Hottest Country Stars In Stores On April 1st

PLUS
MERLE HAGGARD TO BE HONORED WITH THE CRYSTAL MILESTONE AWARD
AT THE 49TH ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS

TELECAST TO AIR LIVE FROM THE MGM GRAND GARDEN ARENA IN LAS VEGAS
SUNDAY, APRIL 6, 2014 ON THE CBS TELEVISION NETWORK

Broken Bow Records is pleased to announce the April 1st release of a star-studded tribute compilation honoring one of the greatest Country music icons of our time – Merle Haggard.  Additionally, the Academy of Country Music and dick clark productions announced today that Merle Haggard, will be honored with the Crystal Milestone Award at the 49th ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS to commemorate Haggard’s prolific 50 years in country music. The ceremony, which will be co-hosted by Luke Bryan and Blake Shelton, is produced for television by dick clark productions and will  be broadcast live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas Sunday, April 6 (8:00 PM-11:00 PM, live ET/delayed PT) on the CBS Television Network.

Merle Haggard became the ACM’s first Entertainer of the Year when the award was presented for 1970. That win marked the Academy’s first Triple Crown achievement, as Haggard had already accepted the Most Promising Male Vocalist of the Year award for 1965 and the first of six Male Vocalist of the Year awards the following year. Two of his most celebrated songs have also collected Single Record and Song of the Year awards from the ACM: “Okie From Muskogee” (1969) and “Are the Good Times Really Over” (1982). A winner of the ACM Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award and Poet’s Award, Haggard joined the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1994. In 2014, he will celebrate the milestone of 50years in country music.

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

The musical celebration, WORKING MAN’S POET: A TRIBUTE TO MERLE HAGGARD, features brand new covers of some of the living legend’s biggest hits, recorded by some of the hottest stars in Country music today.  The album includes performances by: Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Garth Brooks, Luke Bryan, Kristy Lee Cook, Ben Haggard, Randy Houser, Toby Keith, Dustin Lynch, Joe Nichols, Jake Owen, Parmalee, Thompson Square and James Wesley.

WORKING MAN’S POET:  A TRIBUTE TO MERLE HAGGARD

Official Track Listing:

  1. Misery And Gin (performed by Randy Houser)
  2. Footlights (performed by Joe Nichols)
  3. Going Where The Lonely Go (performed by Jason Aldean)
  4. Today I Started Loving You Again (performed by Kristy Lee Cook)
  5. Carolyn (performed by Toby Keith)
  6. Pancho And Lefty (performed by Luke Bryan & Dierks Bentley)
  7. Tonight The Bottle Let Me Down (* performed by Garth Brooks)
  8. You Take Me For Granted (performed by Thompson Square)
  9. Mama Tried  (performed by Ben Haggard)
  10. That’s The Way Love Goes  (performed by Dustin Lynch)
  11. Make Up and Faded Blue Jeans (performed by Jake Owen)
  12. I’m A Lonesome Fugitive  (performed by James Wesley)
  13. Workin’ Man Blues (performed by Parmalee)
  14. Are The Good Times Really Over (performed by Jason Aldean)
  15. Let’s Chase Each Other Around The Room (performed by Thompson Square)
  16. I Think I’ll Just Stay Here And Drink (performed by Dustin Lynch)
  17. The Fightin’ Side Of Me  (performed by James Wesley)
  18. My Favorite Memory (performed by Joe Nichols)
  19. Ramblin’ Fever (performed by Randy Houser)
  20. Sing Me Back Home (performed by Ben Haggard)

*Appears only on Walmart exclusive

The album will be available both in select stores and digitally on Tuesday, April 1st.

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ABOUT THE LEGENDARY MERLE HAGGARD:
At the age of 76, the veteran singer/songwriter/guitarist/producer/bandleader is still making some of the most compelling music of his long and storied career.  It almost goes without saying that Merle Haggard is widely regarded as country music’s greatest living recording artist.  A rugged individualist who simultaneously embodies and transcends the genre, Haggard is both a seminal superstar and an unrepentant outsider.  Over the course of a remarkably prolific five-decade career, he’s consistently shown himself to be an uncompromising creative force, far more concerned with pursuing his iconoclastic vision than with meeting the expectations of the music-industry establishment.

 

Along the way, Haggard has scored no less than 39 #1 country hits; won various Grammy, CMA and ACM awards; become the only California-born artist in the Country Music Hall of Fame; been the only country performer ever featured on the cover of the jazz bible Downbeat; as well as the only man to be invited to perform at the White House and invited to serve time in San Quentin Penitentiary.

 

His prison experiences led Haggard—who’d begun playing guitar at the age of 12 and worshipped Bob Wills, Lefty Frizzell and Hank Williams—to take stock of his life and decide to pursue a career in music.  Upon his 1962 release, he became a fixture on Bakersfield, California’s thriving country music scene, working manual labor jobs by day and playing local clubs by night.  A string of singles for the local Tally label led to a deal with Capitol Records, and in 1965 Haggard launched an incredible string of classic hits including “Swinging Doors,” “The Bottle Let Me Down,” “I’m a Lonesome Fugitive,” “Branded Man,” “Sing Me Back Home,” “Today I Started Loving You Again,” “Mama Tried,” “Hungry Eyes,” “Silver Wings,” “Workin’ Man Blues,” “The Fightin’ Side of Me,” “If We Make It Through December” and the much-misunderstood  “Okie From Muskogee.”

 

ABOUT BROKEN BOW RECORDS:
Founded by President/ CEO Benny Brown in 1997, BROKEN BOW RECORDS continues to make a name for itself in the Country music industry. The flagship label which boasts a roster of talented artists that includes multi-platinum superstar Jason Aldean, #1 chart-topper Dustin Lynch, American Idol’s Kristy Lee Cook, James Wesley and newcomer Jackie Lee, has spurned two additional labels, a management company and a publishing company – making the BBR Music Group umbrella the largest independent Country label group in the United States.  Founded in March 2009 as a continuation of the passion and determination that spawned the success of Broken Bow, STONEY CREEK RECORDS boasts a roster which includes 2x ACM and 2012 CMA “Vocal Duo of the Year” and GRAMMY nominees Thompson Square; ACM and CMA nominee Randy Houser as well as #1 chart-toppers Parmalee and newcomer Lindsay Ell.  RED BOW RECORDS, in partnership with the country’s largest independent distributor RED Distribution, a Division of Sony, was founded in October 2012 and boasts an artist roster of 4x GRAMMY nominee and CMA and ACM award winner Joe Nichols and hot Country newcomers David Fanning and Chase Bryant.  The BBR Music Group is headquartered in Nashville, TN and is distributed by Sony RED. http://www.bbrmusicgroup.com

 

About the Academy of Country Music Awards
The 49th 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 6, 2014 at 8:00 PM live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network. Allen Shapiro, Mike Mahan, R.A. Clark and Barry Adelman are executive producers.  Bob Romeo is executive producer for the Academy of Country Music.

 

HUNTER HAYES TO HEADLINE ACM WEEK KICK OFF PARTY WITH 95.5 THE BULL TO OFFICIALLY KICK OFF “THE WEEK VEGAS GOES COUNTRY®”

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HUNTER HAYES TO HEADLINE ACM WEEK KICK OFF PARTY WITH 95.5 THE BULL
TO OFFICIALLY KICK OFF “THE WEEK VEGAS GOES COUNTRY®”

FULL LINE-UP INCLUDES DAVID NAIL, COLE SWINDELL AND SASHA MCVEIGH

THE FREE OPEN-TO-THE-PUBLIC CONCERT FOR FANS TO BE HELD
APRIL 3, 2014 AT THE LINQ IN LAS VEGAS

WHAT:  ACM Week Kick Off Party with 95.5 The Bull is a free open-to-the-public concert event headlined by Hunter Hayes on Thursday, April 3, 2014 at The LINQ. The event will officially kick off The Week Vegas Goes Country® and serve as a preview to the previously announced 2nd Annual ACM Party for a Cause® Festival, a two-day outdoor music festival headlined by Rascal Flatts and Keith Urban on Friday, April 4 and Saturday, April 5, respectively, also being held at The LINQ. The events are all a part of The Week Vegas Goes Country® leading up to the 49th Academy of Country Music Awards on Sunday, April 6, 2014 at 8:00 PM live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network.

During the ACM Week Kick Off Party with 95.5 The Bull Thursday event, fans can check out the interactive experiences at the Fun Zone, a family-friendly country marketplace with food trucks and vendors from around the country, bars, and much more starting at 6pm.

WHO:  The evening will be headlined by Hunter Hayes and will include scheduled performances by David Nail, Cole Swindell and Sasha McVeigh.

 

WHEN:                 Thursday, April 3, 2014
6:00pm                 DOORS OPEN
6:55pm                 Sasha McVeigh
7:35pm                 Cole Swindell
8:25pm                  David Nail
9:45pm                 Hunter Hayes

 

WHERE:               The LINQ – 3435 South Las Vegas Blvd. Las Vegas, NV 89109

 

TICKETS:  The ACM Week Kick Off Party with 95.5 The Bull is FREE and OPEN-TO-THE-PUBLIC with doors opening at 6:00pm. 

One-day tickets for the ACM Party for a Cause® Festival are now available for $45 in addition to the available two-day ticket passes for $65 at www.ticketmaster.com.  For more information, visit www.ACMcountry.com, like us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter at @ACMawards for more immediate updates.

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ACM Party for a Cause Festival Lineup Announced – April 4-5/Las Vegas

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SUPERSTARS RASCAL FLATTS & KEITH URBAN HEADLINE TWO-DAY
2ND ANNUAL ACM PARTY FOR A CAUSE® FESTIVAL AT THE LINQ IN LAS VEGAS
FRIDAY AND SATURDAY, APRIL 4 AND 5, 2014 DURING “THE WEEK VEGAS GOES COUNTRY®”

DANIELLE BRADBERY, LEE BRICE, BRETT ELDREDGE, TYLER FARR, JUSTIN MOORE, KIP MOORE,
CASSADEE POPE, FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE, LOVE AND THEFT, PARMALEE
AND MORE ADDED TO THE TWO-DAY ALL-STAR LINE-UP

HOSTED BY OUTNUMBER HUNGER AND ACM LIFTING LIVES®

TICKETS ON SALE NOW AT TICKETMASTER.COM

 

WHO/WHAT:    The 2nd Annual ACM Party for a Cause® Festival is a two-day outdoor music festival headlined by Rascal Flatts and Keith Urban on Friday, April 4 and Saturday, April 5, respectively. The festival will be the first-ever special event held at The LINQ, Caesars Entertainment’s new open-air shopping, dining and entertainment district at the heart of the famous Las Vegas Strip, and will transform into a country music fan’s paradise featuring multiple stages for ongoing LIVE country music performances,  interactive games, a country marketplace, and more to be announced. The event is part of The Week Vegas Goes Country® leading up to the 49th Academy of Country Music Awards on Sunday, April 6, 2014 at 8:00 PM live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network.

Friday’s “Outnumber Hunger Live!” concert series will benefit Outnumber Hunger, an initiative from General Mills, Big Machine Label Group and Feeding America that helps fight hunger in local communities. To date, Outnumber Hunger has helped secure more than 25 million meals for Feeding America’s network of local food banks. Scheduled to appear on the Main Stage is headliner Rascal Flatts, along with performers Danielle Bradbery, Justin Moore, Cassadee Pope, Thomas Rhett, Florida Georgia Line, and The Cadillac Three. Plus Will Hoge, Chase Rice and Charlie Worsham will perform on the Party Stage.

Saturday’s line-up will be presented by ACM Lifting Lives® and will benefit several military philanthropies including Folds of Honor Foundation, Wounded Warrior Project, Navy SEAL Foundation, Team Rubicon, and Nellis AFB Force Support Squadron. The evening’s headliner will be Keith Urban and includes scheduled performances by Lee Brice, Brett Eldredge, Tyler Farr, Kip Moore, Joe Nichols, Jerrod Niemann, Chris Young, Love and Theft, and Parmalee. Plus Joel Crouse, Jon Pardi, Leah Turner, Austin Webb, Dan + Shay, and Max Impact, the premier rock band of the United States Air Force, will perform on the Party Stage.

Following the Main Stage performances on Saturday, April 5th, the festivities will continue with ACM After Hours with Jerrod Niemann & Friends on the Party Stage featuring performances by Tyler Farr, Jerrod Niemann, American Young, Natalie Stovall and The Drive, The Swon Brothers, and more.

A full schedule and lineup is listed below.

WHEN:                 Friday, April 4, 2014 – “Outnumber Hunger Live!”

4:10pm                 Will Hoge                                             Party Stage

4:50pm                 Charlie Worsham                                  Party Stage

5:30pm                 Chase Rice                                          Party Stage

6:00pm -12am        The Cadillac Three                               Main Stage

                                Danielle Bradbery                               Main Stage

Cassadee Pope                                 Main Stage

Thomas Rhett                                    Main Stage

                                Justin Moore**                                   Main Stage

                                Florida Georgia Line*                          Main Stage

                                Rascal Flatts                                     Main Stage

Saturday, April 5, 2014 – Presented by ACM Lifting Lives®

12:30pm               Austin Webb                                      Party Stage

1:00pm                 Love and Theft*                                  Main Stage

1:50pm                 Parmalee                                           Main Stage

2:20pm                 Leah Turner                                        Party Stage

2:45pm                 Tyler Farr                                            Main Stage

3:35pm                 Brett Eldredge**                                  Main Stage

4:05pm                 Jon Pardi                                            Party Stage

4:30pm                 Kip Moore**                                        Main Stage

5:00pm                 Max Impact                                        Party Stage

5:20pm                 Lee Brice*                                           Main Stage

6:05pm                 Joel Crouse                                         Party Stage

6:35pm                 Jerrod Niemann                                    Main Stage

7:20pm                 Dan + Shay*                                       Party Stage

7:50pm                 Joe Nichols                                         Main Stage

9:00pm                 Chris Young                                        Main Stage

10:30pm               Keith Urban*                                       Main Stage

Saturday, April 5, 2014 – ACM After Hours with Jerrod Niemann & Friends (Party Stage)

12am – 2am             Jerrod Niemann

American Young

Natalie Stovall and The Drive

The Swon Brothers

Tyler Farr

                               

*49th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards Nominee

** ACM Awards New Artist of the Year Presented by Kohl’s Nominee

 

WHERE:               The LINQ – 3435 South Las Vegas Blvd. Las Vegas, NV 89109

 

TICKETS: Two-day ticket passes for the ACM Party for a Cause® Festival are available for $65 at www.ticketmaster.com.  For more information, visit www.ACMcountry.com, like us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter at @ACMawards for more immediate updates.

                               

Schedule/hours for ACM Party for a Cause® Festival are Friday, April 4, 2014 from 4:00pm – 12:00am and  Saturday, April 5, 2014 from 12:00pm – 2:00am.