Dierks Bentley Calls for Fans to Have a Chance to Be Part of 53rd ACM Awards (4/15 on CBS)

 

ACM AWARDS® NOMINEE DIERKS BENTLEY CALLS FOR FANS TO SUBMIT PHOTOS
TO HAVE A CHANCE TO BE PART OF HIS LIVE PERFORMANCE OF “WOMAN, AMEN” DURING
THE 53RD ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS™

 

53RD ACM AWARDS TO AIR LIVE FROM THE MGM GRAND GARDEN ARENA IN LAS VEGAS
ON SUNDAY, APRIL 15, 2018 ON THE CBS TELEVISION NETWORK

 

Submit a Photo of an Everyday Female Hero in Your Life
With the Hashtag #WomanAmenACM Now Through April 4;
Find Out How at cbs.com/dierks

 

 

The Academy of Country Music® announced today that ACM Awards® nominee and performer Dierks Bentley will provide fans with an incredible chance to be a part of the live broadcast performance of his hit, “Woman, Amen,” at the 53rd ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS™. Starting today, fans are invited to submit images of their everyday female heroes (e.g., mom, sister, wife, relative, friend, co-worker, doctor, teammate, coach) for consideration to be featured on screens behind Bentley during the live telecast of his performance.

 

You could be a part of the celebratory anthem by submitting a personal picture you have taken of the woman in your life who you want to honor. Images should be taken on a solid, neutral colored background and must be posted via Twitter or Instagram with the official hashtag #WomanAmenACM by Wednesday, April 4. Complete program rules and additional ideas can be viewed here: cbs.com/dierks.

The 53rd ACM Awards, hosted by Reba McEntire, will broadcast LIVE from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 15, 2018 at 8:00 PM ET/PT on the CBS Television Network.

 

Tickets to the ACM Awards are now on sale at www.axs.com. Media credential applications to cover the Awards in Las Vegas are now available at www.ACMcountry.com/press. For more information on the ACM Awards and all ACM events including ACM Party for a Cause®, visit www.ACMcountry.com and www.PartyForaCause.com. You can like Academy of Country Music on Facebook or follow on Twitter at @ACMawards and Instagram @ACMAwards for more immediate updates.

 

About the Academy of Country Music Awards
The 53rd 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 broadcast LIVE from MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 15, 2018 at 8:00 PM live ET/PT on the CBS Television Network. Allen Shapiro, Mike Mahan, R.A. Clark, Barry Adelman and Mark Bracco are executive producers. Pete Fisher is executive producer for the Academy of Country Music.

 

About Dierks Bentley
Multi-PLATINUM entertainer Dierks Bentley is “notorious for his spectacular, high-energy live performances loaded with lots of fan interaction” (Creative Loafing) with 17 No. One hits, more than one billion digital streams, countless ACM nominations and has been a Grand Ole Opry member for over a decade. Bentley “continues to challenge himself” (Billboard), which is evident through his upcoming ninth studio album, THE MOUNTAIN due out later this year. Its lead single “Woman, Amen” gives a taste of the record’s “themes of questing and self-actualization across a wide-open terrain of arid deserts and rugged ridgelines, cactus flowers and tumbleweeds” (NPR). After his 2017 World Tour claimed the top spot on Billboard’s Hot Tours selling over 750,000 tickets, Bentley will fuel arenas and amphitheaters throughout the summer with his 2018 MOUNTAIN HIGH TOUR, launching May 18th in Columbia, MD. For more information visit www.dierks.com.

ACM-Nominated Duo Big & Rich Release Latest Single “California”

ACM-Nominated Duo Big & Rich Release Latest Single “California”

Upcoming Album ‘Did It For The Party’ Slated for Third Quarter Release

The wait is over, as country duo Big & Rich release their brand new single, “California.” The song will serve as the first taste of the upcoming project, Did It For The Party, which is slated for a third quarter release. In addition to impacting country radio now, the song will also be promoted with a newly announced partnership with cookie bar TWIX®, which will begin promoting the single in Walmart® stores nationwide in April. Fans can purchase “California” HERE!

The dynamic duo are also celebrating a recent nomination for “Vocal Duo of the Year” at the upcoming 52nd Academy of Country Music Awards ®. The must-see event will take place on April 2 in Las Vegas at T-Mobile Arena, where the winner will be revealed. While in the Vegas area, Big & Rich will participate at the ACM Party for a Cause: WME Bash at the Beach, along with a special appearance at John Rich’s Redneck Riviera for the ACM After Party for a Cause. The ACM Awards will also be broadcast on CBS Television Network (live 8:00-11:00pm, ET/delayed PT).

Did It For the Party will serve as the follow up to the chart-topper’s previous release, Gravity, which spawned three back-to-back top ten records on country radio. These include the recently RIAA Gold certified single “Look at You,” plus the hits “Run Away With You” and “Lovin’ Lately” featuring Tim McGraw. Since launching Big & Rich Records, the dynamic pair has continued to hit new highs, becoming the first time in their storied career to achieve back-to-back top ten records.

 

BIG & RICH’S 2017 DID IT FOR THE PARTY TOUR:
Mar. 31 Las Vegas, Nev. – Mandalay Bay Beach Resort
Apr. 08 Red Wing, Minn. – Treasure Island Resort and Casino
Apr. 29 Tallahassee, Fla. – Florida State University
May 26 Forest City, Iowa – Tree Town Music Festival
Jun. 10 Valdosta, Ga. – Wild Adventures Theme Park
Jun. 11 Myrtle Beach, S.C. – Carolina Country Music Fest
Jun. 22 Manhattan, Kan. – Country Stampede
Jun. 23 Chicago, Ill. – Lake Shake Festival
Jul. 08 University Park, Pa. – Beaver Stadium with Blake Shelton
Jul. 12 La Porte, Ind. – La Porte County Fair
Jul. 14 Atchison, Kan. – LakeFest
Jul. 21 Monticello, Iowa – Great Jones County Fair
Jul. 23 Twin Lakes, Wis. Country Thunder
Aug. 03 Camrose, Canada – Big Valley Jamboree
Aug. 19 Greenville, N.C. – Carolina Kickoff
Sept. 1 Huron, S.D. – South Dakota State Fair
Sept. 16 Colorado Springs, Colo. – Falcon Stadium
Oct. 01 Las Vegas, Nev. – Route 91 Harvest Festival
Oct. 07 Battle Creek, Mich. – FireKeepers Casino Hotel

ABOUT BIG & RICH:
Big & Rich is comprised of Big Kenny and NBC’s “The Celebrity Apprentice” winner John Rich. The multi-platinum hit duo have garnered multiple Grammy, ACM, CMA and CMT Music Award nominations. Their previous release, Gravity helped propel them to new heights, producing three back-to-back smash hit singles with “Look at You,” “Run Away With You,” and “Lovin’ Lately” featuring Tim McGraw. The Country superstars’ first studio album, Horse of a Different Color, includes their hit infectious single, “Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy).” Other hits include “Comin’ to Your City,” “8th of November” and their No. 1 hit, “Lost in this Moment.” Meanwhile, “Comin’ to Your City” is nearing a decade as the theme song for ESPN’s “College GameDay.

Learn more at bigandrich.com

PHOTO: THOMAS RHETT’S DOUBLE NO. ONE PARTY IS A FAMILY AFFAIR CELEBRATING TWO CHART-TOPPERS

THOMAS RHETT’S DOUBLE NO. ONE PARTY IS A FAMILY AFFAIR CELEBRATING TWO CHART-TOPPERS

ACM Awards “Male Vocalist of the Year” nominee Thomas Rhett brought together close family and friends yesterday (3/1) at Nashville’s vintage arcade bar Kung Fu Saloon, to celebrate his chart-toppers “T–Shirt” and “Star Of The Show” off his sophomore album TANGLED UP DELUXE (The Valory Music Co.).

First joined by “T-Shirt” songwriters Ashley Gorley, Luke Laird and Shane McAnally, the reputable group toasted to Thomas Rhett’s six consecutive No. One and its PLATINUM status, during the ASCAP and BMI co-hosted event. To commemorate his seventh career No. One “Star Of The Show,” Thomas Rhett was joined by co-writer Ben Hayslip and his father/co-writer Rhett Akins. Thomas Rhett and Akins are the only father-son co-write to ever top the Country Billboard radio charts.

Thomas Rhett is “always thinking outside the box and knocking it out of the park each time” (CMT). Filled with party anthems, dance tunes, drinking songs and love ballads, the 18-track TANGLED UP DELUXE. The album also includes his 2X PLATINUM six-week chart-topping smash “Die A Happy Man,” which has garnered major trophies from the Country Music Association, Academy of Country Music, Billboard Music Awards, CMT Music Awards and his first-ever GRAMMY nomination for “Best Country Song.” One of Rolling Stone’s most anticipated tours of this year just became more explosive as Thomas Rhett recently extended his first-ever headlining 2017 HOME TEAM TOUR, which is tallying sold out shows across the country. For more information and for a full list of upcoming tour dates, visit www.thomasrhett.com.

Photo Credit: Steve Lowry

DIERKS BENTLEY’S “ALBUM OF THE YEAR” NOMINATED BLACK SHINES WITH GOLD CERTIFICATION

DIERKS BENTLEY’S “ALBUM OF THE YEAR”
NOMINATED BLACK SHINES WITH
GOLD CERTIFICATION

Alongside Commercial and Radio Success,
Critically-Acclaimed BLACK Garners Nine Major Award
Show Nominations Leading Into ACM Awards

 As multi-PLATINUM artist Dierks Bentley “continues to take risks that pay off” (USA Today), his eighth studio album BLACK (Capitol Records Nashville) has earned GOLD certification by the RIAA today. Validating Bentley’s ability “to combine commercial and critical success” (Nashville Scene), the new certification makes it the only ACM “Album of the Year” nominated project to reach this mark.

After garnering nine nominations from the ACM, CMA and GRAMMY Awards and debuting at the No. One position on Billboard’s all-genre Top Albums Chart and Top Country Albums chart, the praise for Bentley’s “most fully-formed LP of his career” (TIME) continues to balance “robust record sales and heavy radio play with acclaim from even those critics who had seemed allergic to Nashville’s output in the past,” (Esquire).

“Stronger and stronger with every release and is one of the few artists that can go from bluegrass to Country.” – Billboard

“We can always count on him to contribute some emotionally deft ballads and subtle bluegrass touches alongside the alcohol-fueled rousers.” – Music Aficionado

“Effortless balances of radio-ready polish, traditional flavor and artistry.” – Houston Chronicle

BLACK’s “deeply erotic title track” (Salt Lake Tribune) has been hailed as one of “the sexiest songs of his career” by the Associated Press and Rolling Stone, and is currently climbing the Top 20 on the radio charts. It follows’ BLACK’s two No. One hits, the PLATINUM certified chart-topping hit “Somewhere On A Beach” and the GOLD, GRAMMY nominated and CMA-winning “Different For Girls” featuring Elle King.

Bentley has now amassed 15 No. one songs, 13 GRAMMY nominations and continues to sustain “the role of up-for-anything party-starter that has long seemed to fit him like a glove” (Tampa Bay Times) on the road. Bentley’s 2017 WHAT THE HELL WORLD TOUR with special guests Cole Swindell and Jon Pardi continues to sell out

3 Doors Down Joins Chris Stapleton, Kid Rock, Larry The Cable Guy, Luke Bryan And Travis Tritt For Charlie Daniels 80th Birthday Volunteer Jam

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3 DOORS DOWN JOIN CHRIS STAPLETON, KID ROCK, LARRY THE CABLE GUY, LUKE BRYAN AND TRAVIS TRITT TO FINISH OUT LINEUP FOR CHARLIE DANIELS 80TH BIRTHDAY VOLUNTEER JAM

Tickets On Sale NOW Starting at $25 at all Ticketmaster Locations and the Bridgestone Arena Box Office

American Rock Band 3 Doors Down have been added as the final artist to join Chris Stapleton, Kid Rock, Larry The Cable Guy, Luke Bryan and Travis Tritt to celebrate with Charlie Daniels at his 80th Birthday Volunteer Jam on November 30 at Bridgestone Arena.

3 Doors Down, a Grammy Award®-nominated multiplatinum Mississippi rock band known for hits like “Kryptonite,” “When I’m Gone,” “Here Without You” and more will join Daniels on stage for what will be remembered as one of the best Volunteer Jams to date. Tickets for the much anticipated event are on sale now at all Ticketmaster locations and the Bridgestone Arena Box Office. Ticket prices start at $25.00.

After a star-studded 40th Anniversary Volunteer Jam last year, this year’s celebration event will feature The Charlie Daniels Band and a select bunch of their favorite musicians and entertainers on stage for an exhilarating event for the ages. Since 1974, Daniels has commissioned his musical friends and peers to come together on a “volunteer” basis to hang out, “jam” together, and entertain crowds in an unconventional, laid-back fashion unknown to any other concert event — all while dedicating concert proceeds to worthy causes. This year’s event will feature extra special “jam” sessions with some of Charlie’s most prolific friends who want to celebrate the soon-to-be Country Music Hall of Famer, his birthday, and his many accomplishments.

“I am extremely humbled and excited for this year’s Volunteer Jam. I think the fans are going to get a great variety of music from rock to country to southern rock with this stellar lineup, which reminds me so much of some of the early ‘Jams’ that we held at Municipal Auditorium,” says Charlie Daniels. “We are also going to be raising some well-needed money to continue our support of the Veterans through the Journey Home Project.”

A portion of the proceeds from the night will go to the The Journey Home Project, a 501(c)(3) non-profit co-founded by Daniels and manager, David Corlew, to help Veterans of the United States Armed Forces. For more info on The Journey Home Project, please visit: thejourneyhomeproject.org.

“The Volunteer Jam has been a staple of the Charlie Daniels Band’s career since 1974. We’re thrilled to be able to use the platform we’ve built through the years to give back to the men and women who give so much of themselves for us, our veterans. This is a culmination of wonderful friends, hard work and great music that is shaping up to be one of the best Volunteer Jam’s to date!” said David Corlew, Charlie Daniels’ manager and co-founder of The Journey Home Project.

Charlie Daniels’ 80th Birthday Volunteer Jam is produced by Mike Smardak of Outback Concerts in association with David Corlew & Associates and Webster & Associates.

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About 3 Doors Down
Formed in 1995, Grammy Award®-nominated multiplatinum Mississippi rock band 3 Doors Down consistently captivates audiences worldwide. The quintet’s many accolades include selling 16 million albums globally, receiving three Grammy nominations, and winning two American Music Awards, and five BMI Pop Awards for songwriting including “Songwriter of the Year.” Their debut The Better Life, became certified six-times RIAA platinum in 2000 and was fueled by the success of juggernaut hit “ Kryptonite.” This was followed by 2002’s sophomore album, Away from the Sun which went triple-platinum and saw similar success with “When I’m Gone” and “Here Without You.” 2005’s platinum Seventeen Days and 2008’s 3 Doors Down each earned #1 debuts on the Billboard Top 200, while Time of My Life landed at #3 in 2011. Ignited by the single “In The Dark,” 3 Doors Down unleashed their sixth full-length album, Us and the Night, which debuted top 10 on the Billboard Top 200 in 2016.

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About Charlie Daniels
With a career spanning over 50 years and exceeding 20 million in sales worldwide Charlie Daniels is the quintessential Southerner with a healthy dose of Wild West Cowboy. For decades, he has connected with his millions of fans in the varying genres of music that reflect his steadfast refusal to label his music as anything other than the “Charlie Daniels Band” sound — music that is now sung around the fire at 4-H Club and scout camps, helped elect an American President, and been popularized on a variety of radio formats. Having celebrated multiple GRAMMY® Awards, CMA Awards, ACM Awards, BMI Awards, GMA Dove Awards, CCMA Awards, his list of accolades is broad; the latest being an announcement that he is the latest inductee to the Country Music Hall of Fame. Six of his albums have been RIAA Certified Multi-Platinum® and he has achieved a platinum-selling single in his iconic fiddle-ridden hit, “Devil Went Down To Georgia.” An outspoken American Patriot and strong supporter of the U.S. Military, Daniels’ talked-about Volunteer Jam concerts are world-famous musical extravaganzas featuring artists like Lynyrd Skynyrd, Ted Nugent, Trace Adkins, Alabama and others, all on one stage for one purpose – to raise funds for our U.S. Military. His 40th Anniversary Volunteer Jam held in 2015 raised over $300,000 for The Journey Home Project, a non-profit veterans assistance organization which he co-founded. For more information on Charlie Daniels, please visit www.charliedaniels.com.

About Chris Stapleton
Chris Stapleton boldly introduced himself to the public at-large in 2015 with the release of his breakthrough debut album, Traveller. Released in May on Mercury Records Nashville, Traveller initially debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard Country Albums chart with more than 27,000 albums sold, making it one of the best-selling first weeks by a debut country artist in 2015. Following a historic turn on the CMA Awards—where Stapleton became the first artist to win Album of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year and New Artist of the Year at the same awards—Traveller became the first album to re-enter the Billboard 200 all-genre album chart at No. 1, where it stayed for two straight weeks. The breakthrough success continued earlier this year at the 58th Annual Grammy Awards, where Stapleton took home two awards for Best Country Album and Best Country Solo Performance (“Traveller”). Most recently, Stapleton won six awards at the 51st Annual ACM Awards—Album of the Year (for Traveller as both artist and producer), Song of the Year (for “Nobody To Blame” as both artist and songwriter), Male Vocalist of the Year and New Male Vocalist of the Year. With the six wins, Stapleton ties the record for most ACM Awards won in a single year (only Garth Brooks and Faith Hill have previously won six in the same year).

About Kid Rock
Kid Rock, a native of Detroit, has sold a staggering twenty six million albums since breaking onto the scene in the 1990s. Other hit albums in the Kid Rock catalog include Cocky (2001), Rock and Roll Jesus (2007), and Born Free (2010). He has had success on the Pop, Country, and R&B charts with a variety of artists, ranging from Sheryl Crow to Martina McBride to R. Kelly. His most recent work is 2015’s “First Kiss.”

About Larry the Cable Guy
Larry the Cable Guy is a multiplatinum recording artist, Grammy nominee, Billboard award winner and one of the top comedians in the country. He has his own line of merchandise and continues to sell out theatres and arenas across the United States. He is the spokesman for Prilosec OTC and most recently launched his own comedy channel on SIRIUSXM with Jeff Foxworthy. He will also return as the voice of beloved Mater in Disney/Pixar’s Cars 3, which is currently in production. In addition to all of his professional accomplishments, Larry created the Git-R-Done Foundation, which was named after Larry’s signature catchphrase. With an emphasis on children’s and veterans’ causes, The Git-R-Done Foundation has donated more than 7 million dollars to great organizations such as The Arnold Palmer Hospital, Operation Homefront and Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital.

About Luke Bryan
Since the debut of his first album in 2007, Luke has placed 16 singles at No. 1 and sold nearly eight million albums with 30 million digital tracks from his five studio albums. He has twice been named Entertainer of the Year by both the Academy of Country Music and the Country Music Association. His fifth studio album, Kill The Lights, debuted at No. 1 on both the Billboard Top 200 (his third to do so) and Top Country Albums charts and closed 2015 with the best-selling country album of the year and the 10th biggest selling album on the all-genre Billboard Top 200 Year-End list. In Luke’s stellar 2015 year, he performed for 1.5 million fans in concert, had three albums on the Top 15 Year-End Country Albums list- Kill the Lights (#1), Spring Break…Checkin’ Out (#10) and Crash My Party (#15), was the most streamed artist of 2015, placed six songs in the Year-End Top Country Streaming Tracks list, had his own exhibit at The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum (“Luke Bryan: Dirt Road Diary”), performed live during halftime at the Dallas Cowboys game on Thanksgiving and wrapped up the year with a live Times Square performance on ABC’s “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve.” Luke recently co-hosted the ACM Awards for a fourth consecutive year and is performing in venues and stadiums across the U.S. on his “Kill The Lights Tour” through this fall.

About Travis Tritt
More than 25 years after Travis Tritt launched his music career, the Grammy award-winning artist continues to sell-out shows, top sales charts and stay true and relevant to Country music fans across the globe. A Marietta, Ga. native, Travis Tritt is dubbed one of “The Class of ‘89,” which included Country music superstars Garth Brooks, Clint Black and Alan Jackson; all of whom dominated the charts in the early ‘90s. Among his eleven studio albums and numerous charted singles are nineteen Top 10 hits, including “Modern Day Bonnie and Clyde,” “Love Of A Woman” and “T-R-O-U-B-L-E.” His 25 year career has produced millions in album sales, two Grammy award wins and multiple No. 1 singles on the Country radio charts. Tritt formed Post Oak Recordings in 2012 and released his album The Calm After… through his own record label. In 2014-2015, the Southern-rock influenced Country artist topped the SoundScan Top 200 Catalog Country Albums chart for over 50 consecutive weeks for his album, The Very Best of Travis Tritt. For more information on Travis Tritt, visit his website TravisTritt.com and follow him on Twitter and FaceBook.

About The Volunteer Jam:
The Volunteer Jam, a multi genre musical extravaganza is one of Charlie Daniels’ best known accomplishments. The legendary event began in 1974 at the War Memorial Auditorium in Nashville, TN as a way of celebrating their first hometown sellout concert. The CDB invited numerous musical compadres to stop by “and do some jamming.” Among those who dropped in were members of the Marshall Tucker Band and The Allman Brothers Band. Recordings from this Jam are included on the CDB’s Fire On The Mountain LP, and 100 radio stations aired one-hour tapes of the event. CDB songs at Jam I included “Whiskey,” “Long Haired Country Boy,” “Trudy,” and “The South’s Gonna Do It, (Again).” This was the beginning of the Homecoming concert tradition.

Volunteer Jam II (1975) took place at Murphy Center on the Middle Tennessee State University campus in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. The first year’s 2400 revelers and 10,600 of their friends returned for another advance sellout. The evening was documented in “Volunteer Jam,” the first Southern rock motion picture. The aristocracy of Southern rock – The Marshall Tucker Band, Dickey Betts and Chuck Leavell of The Allman Brothers Band, and Dru Lombar of Grinderswitch – “volunteered” with The CDB. Alvin Lee of Ten Years After, Hee Haw regular Roni Stoneman, top ranked session men Jamie Nichol and Karl Himmel, along with Jimmy Hall of Wet Willie and Billy Joe Shaver were also among the performing guests. Taped broadcasts were aired on 120 radio stations. At that time, “The South’s Gonna Do It (Again),” was a hit anthem on FM radio and the CDB was enjoying popularity that would keep on building.

Volunteer Jam III moved to Nashville’s Municipal Auditorium in 1976 where the CDB’s homecoming concert continued annually until 1985. Another advance sellout included mail orders from as far away as New York and California. The rowdy bash attained the stature of a civic event inspiring mayoral and gubernatorial proclamations. Radio coverage doubled the first year’s programmers. More than 250 stations aired two-hour tapes of Volunteer Jam III via King Biscuit Radio Network.

In 1979 at Volunteer Jam V, Lynyrd Skynyrd reunited for the first time since the 1977 plane crash for a tribute to the legendary Skynyrd band.

Volunteer Jam X (1984) marked the Jam debut as an international media event. The CDB and more than 30 guest artists entertained millions around the world via an unprecedented live Voice of America broadcast . The SRO event was later aired as a two-hour TV special, produced by Dick Clark Productions, and syndicated by Multimedia Entertainment. Television personalities Dick Clark, Byron Allen of NBC’s “Real People,” and MTV’s deejay Alan Hunter were on hand.

Daniels, had no limit to the genre of music that was invited to perform at Volunteer Jams and the lineups included rock, country bluegrass, gospel, soul, classical, comedy, and southern rock.

Other memorable moments at Volunteer Jam Municipal Auditorium concerts include performances by Billy Joel, Ted Nugent and Molly Hatchet performing “Mississippi Queen.” Leon Russell, Mickey Gilley, Duane Eddy, Woody Herman, and the Jordanaires made appearances as well as, Vince Gill, the late Nicolette Larson, Dwight Yoakam, the late Papa John Creach, and Willie Nelson singing his classic “Crazy.”

The list goes on. Other historic performances included Soloman Burke, Sea Level, Eddie Rabbit, Poco, the Oak Ridge Boys, B. B. King, Delbert McClinton, Ray Price, ( “For the Good Times,”) Roy Acuff, Amy Grant, John Prine, Bonnie Bramlett, Emmylou Harris, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and Carl Perkins. When Little Richard removed his shirt and shoes while performing, the crowd went wild. James Brown brought the house down when he performed “I Feel Good,” along with a medley of his hits. The crowd never knew who would appear next.

Volunteer Jams took place at Starwood Amphitheater in Nashville, TN from 1986 to 1992 and were the subject of documentary TV productions as well as a live appearance on the national broadcast of the Jerry Lewis Telethon. Guest at Starwood Jams included Don Henley and J.D. Souther performing “Desperado and “You’re Only Lonely.”

Volunteer Jam XIII brought back Lynyrd Skynyrd for a 2nd reunion with a paralyzed Allen Collins speaking to the crowd, not long before his passing. Pat Boone performed, and Tennessee Governor Lamar Alexander played piano, while Travis Tritt, and Garth Brooks joined CDB on “Drinkin’ My Baby Goodbye.”

Volunteer Jam XVI was the last of the official Vol Jam concerts held on Oct. 28, 1996 at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center in Nashville. The first ever acoustic Volunteer Jam, commemorated Charlie Daniels’ 60th birthday. Joining Charlie for a very special birthday party included David Ball, John Berry, Tracy Byrd, Billy Ray Cyrus, Tracy Lawrence, David Lee Murphy, Victoria Shaw, Jimmy Hall & Lorrie Morgan.

Charlie Daniels’ 40th Anniversary Volunteer Jam brought the historic event to its largest stage yet, Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. A sold out crowd raised over $300,000 for Charlie’s 501(c)(3) non-profit The Journey Home Project benefitting American Veterans, military members, and their families. The memorable anniversary event featured The Charlie Daniels Band, Ted Nugent, Trace Adkins, Alabama, Blackberry, Bonnie Bramlett, Eric Church, Terri Clark, Billy Crain, Billy Ray Cyrus, Billy Dean, Colt Ford, The Grascals, Lee Greenwood, Jimmy Hall, The Kentucky Headhunters, Jamey Johnson, Tracy Lawrence, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Montgomery Gentry, , Craig Morgan, The Oak Ridge Boys, Lee Roy Parnell, Jeannie Seely, Michael W. Smith, Natalie Stovall, Travis Tritt, Phil Vassar, Ryan Weaver, Wynonna, and Tucker Yochim among others.

ACM AWARDS – SONG OF THE YEAR & SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR NOMINEES ANNOUNCED

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SONG OF THE YEAR AND SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR
NOMINEES ANNOUNCED FOR THE
51st ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS®

 

 

The Academy of Country Music announced today the Song of the Year and Songwriter of the Year nominees for the 51ST ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS®, Country Music’s Party of the Year® co-hosted by Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley from MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV on Sunday, April 3rd at 8:00PM live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network.  The nominations news was first shared this morning via Rolling Stone Country, who partnered with the Academy to break the news on these important categories.

 

“The ACM Board of Directors recently voted to revise the prestigious Song of the Year Award criteria to allow the greater songwriting community a stronger voice in determining the final nominees,” said Tiffany Moon, Executive Vice President and Managing Director of the Academy of Country Music.  “Songwriters are at the inception of all of this; we’re privileged to have their expertise in choosing the most well-crafted songs.”  A professional panel comprised entirely of award-winning songwriters helped select the nominees for the category that were then voted on by the Composer class of ACM Membership to appear on the final ballot.

 

SONG OF THE YEAR NOMINEES (Awarded to Songwriter(s)/Publisher(s)/Artist(s):

 

  • Burning House – Cam

Songwriters: Jeffrey Bhasker, Tyler Johnson, Cam

Publishers: Marvelous Oaks Records (ASCAP), Creative Pulse Music (BMI), One Year Yesterday Publishing (BMI), Sony/ATV Songs LLC (BMI), These Are Pulse Songs (BMI), Way Above Music (BMI)

 

  • Girl Crush – Little Big Town

Songwriters: Hillary Lindsey, Lori McKenna, Liz Rose

Publishers: HillarodyRathbone Music (ASCAP), Hoodie Songs (BMI), Songs of Crazy Girl Music (BMI), Songs of Universal Inc (BMI), Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. (BMI)

 

  • Nobody To Blame – Chris Stapleton

Songwriters: Chris Stapleton, Barry Bales, Ronnie Bowman

Publishers: House of Sea Gayle Music (ASCAP), WB Music Corp (ASCAP), Quackhead Music (BMI), RayLynn Publishing (BMI)

 

  • Raise ‘Em Up – Keith Urban Featuring Eric Church

Songwriters: Tom Douglas, Jaren Johnston, Jeffrey Steele

Publishers: Jeffrey Steele Music (BMI), Sony/ATV Tree Publishing (BMI), TomDouglasMusic (BMI),  Sony/ATV Harmony (ASCAP), Texa Rae Music (ASCAP)

 

  • She Don’t Love You – Eric Paslay

Songwriters: Eric Paslay, Jennifer Wayne

Publishers: Five Stone Publishing (ASCAP), Spirit Two Nashville (ASCAP), Songwriters of Platinum Pen Publishing (BMI)

 

 

 

SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR *(OFF CAMERA AWARD)

  • Rodney Clawson
  • Ross Copperman
  • Ashley Gorley
  • Shane McAnally
  • Josh Osborne

 

Shane McAnally’s nod for Songwriter of the Year marks his ninth ACM nomination, he previously won in 2013 for both Songwriter of the Year and Album of the Year for Same Trailer Different Park.

 

Rodney Clawson receives his eighth ACM nomination, and his third nomination for Songwriter of the Year.

 

Ross Copperman has previously been nominated for Album of the Year and Single Record of the Year, in 2014. This is his first nomination in this category.

 

Ashley Gorley’s nomination is his third for Songwriter of the Year, and he was also nominated in 2008 for Song of the Year.

 

This marks Josh Osborne’s second nomination in this category, he was nominated in 2014, as well.

 

With these Song of the Year nominations, Chris Stapleton now leads Academy of Country Music Award nominees with seven nominations in total, two for Song of the Year (one as artist, one as songwriter) for “Nobody to Blame,” Male Vocalist of the Year, New Male Vocalist of the Year, twice for Album of the Year for Traveller (as artist, and as producer), and Vocal Event of the Year for “Hangover Tonight” with Gary Allan.  These mark Stapleton’s first ACM Awards nominations as an artist.  He was previously nominated for Song of the Year, as a songwriter for “Drink a Beer” in 2014.

 

Cam, a first-time nominee this year, has six nominations in total. She is twice nominated (as artist, and songwriter) for Song of the Year for “Burning House,” for New Female Vocalist of the Year, Video of the Year for “Burning House,” and is twice nominated (as artist, and as producer) for Single Record of the Year for “Burning House.”

 

First-time ACM Entertainer of the Year nominee, Eric Church, is also now nominated for Song of the Year for “Raise ‘Em Up” in collaboration with Keith Urban, Male Vocalist of the Year, Album of the Year for Mr. Misunderstood, Video of the Year for “Mr. Misunderstood,” and Vocal Event of the Year for “Raise ‘Em Up.”

 

With this Song of the Year nomination for “Girl Crush,” reigning Vocal Group of the Year Little Big Town now has five nominations, including their 10th nomination for Vocal Group of the Year, as well as Single Record of the Year and Video of the Year categories for “Girl Crush.”  They also received a nod for Vocal Event of the Year for “Smokin’ and Drinkin’” with Miranda Lambert.

 

Keith Urban now has three nominations for this year’s ACM Awards, one in the Song of the Year category for “Raise ‘Em Up,” and two nominations for Vocal Event of the Year (as artist and producer) for “Raise ‘Em Up,” all with Church.

 

Nominated previously for Song of the Year in 2012, Eric Paslay now has two nominations for Song of the Year (one as artist, one as songwriter) for “She Don’t Love You.”

About the Academy of Country Music Awards:

The 51st 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 broadcast LIVE from MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 3, 2016 at 8:00 PM live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network. Allen Shapiro, Mike Mahan, R.A. Clark, Barry Adelman and Mark Bracco are executive producers.  Bob Romeo is executive producer for the Academy of Country Music.

50th ACM Awards 2nd Screen Experience & Mobaglo Show Integration

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THE 50TH ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS®
OFFERS VIEWERS A VIP BACKSTAGE PASS 
VIA SECOND-SCREEN EXPERIENCE – ACM BACKSTAGE
PLUS
THE ACM AWARDS® TEAM UP WITH GLOW MOTION TECHNOLOGIES, MOBAGLO
TO BRING ENHANCED BRAND-FAN INTERACTION 

Viewers of the ACM Award Show Experience will also have the chance to win a trip for two to the 2016 ACM Awards, autographed guitar and more

Broadcast Live from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas
Sunday, April 19, 2015 on the CBS Television Network

 

Everyone knows country music is about the fans. The Academy of Country Music is taking that relationship to the next level, by partnering with Glow Motion Technologies and fan-engagement company Mobaglo to make the 50th ACM Awards at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX, a one-of-a-kind spectator experience with ACM Backstage. The ceremony, co-hosted by Luke Bryan and Blake Shelton, will be broadcast LIVE on Sunday, April 19, 2015 at 8:00 PM – 11:30PM ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network.

 

The Academy of Country Music is lifting the backstage curtain at AT&T Stadium, the home of the Dallas Cowboys, for those who Shazam the CBS broadcast during the show. Fans who do will be entered to win a trip for two to next year’s ACM Awards, a guitar signed by the evening’s hosts, and more. ACM Backstage, powered by Mobaglo, will offer insider access to the night from a variety of live cameras around the stadium. Watch stars float down the red carpet before the awards and meet with reporters backstage during the show on the Mary Kay-sponsored Glam Cam, peek inside the director’s truck on the RAM Cam, watch live artist messages as they walk off stage following performances, award wins, and more.

 

Access to ACM Backstage can also be found on the 50th ACM Awards app which iPhone users can download HERE and Android users can download on Google Play HERE. For more information, visit www.ACMBackstage.com.

Additionally, select ticketed seat holders within AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys, will find Glow Motion Technologies LED wristbands at their seats that they can use to help create ultimate television moments throughout the night. The LED wristbands provided to spectators will turn the audience into a light-up canvas as they wave their arms along to their favorite performances and increase sponsor visibility and fan interaction in millions of homes.

 

The Mary Kay, Warner Music Nashville, and Shazam sponsor-branded wristbands will offer more than 16 million series color options allowing executive producer, R.A. Clark to utilize the audience-wearing Glow Motion Technologies wristbands to create light waves, sparkles and effects that highlight key moments in performances and even map sponsor brand logos in-broadcast across the audience.

About the Academy of Country Music Awards
The 50th 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 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. Allen Shapiro, Mike Mahan, R.A. Clark, Barry Adelman and Mark Bracco are executive producers.  Bob Romeo is executive producer for the Academy of Country Music.

About Mobaglo
Mobaglo, LLC is a fan engagement company that strives to enhance show production and fan interaction, add new creative opportunities and surfaces to showcase brands and sponsors, all while building a more intimate relationship with fans and their interests.  Mobaglo opens up a dialogue between fans and their favorite artists, offers exclusive access to enhance the experience of attending a live concert, and moreover, creates new opportunities for direct engagement and feedback.  Mobaglo eliminates existing barriers between viewers and producers by giving fans more access and the power to control their viewing experience. Online at www.mobaglo.com / www.facebook.com/mobaglo / https://twitter.com/MOBAGLO.

Last Minute Gift ~ This Is Country: A Backstage Pass to the Academy of Country Music Awards

The Academy of Country Music’s newly published book, This Is Country: A Backstage Pass to the Academy of Country Music Awards, is perfect for a last minute Holiday Gift!

In celebration of the upcoming 50th Anniversary of the ACM Awards in 2015, for the first time ever, the Academy opened their archives to publish never before seen photographs and memorabilia from some of the greatest moments in the history of country music in one retrospective book. This Is Country, written by Lisa Lee with a foreword by Reba, features exclusive contributions and/or interviews from artists ranging from George Strait to Taylor Swift, from Carrie Underwood to Kenny Chesney. It is a commemorative must-have for any country fan, rich in music and celebrity history.

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About the Academy of Country Music Awards:
The Academy of Country Music Awards is dedicated to honoring and showcasing the biggest names and emerging talent in the country music industry. The 50th ACM Awards celebrating the golden anniversary of Country Music’s Party of the Year® is produced for television by dick clark productions and will be broadcast LIVE from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX, on Sunday, April 19, 2015, at 8:00 P.M. live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network.

 

About the Author:
Based in Los Angeles after a decade of living in Nashville, Lisa Lee has been covering country music for more than twenty years. She has written, produced, and corresponded for CMT/MTV Networks and The Nashville Network. Her credits include CMT Insider and TV news specials Controversy: Tammy Wynette and the Prism Award–winner Addicted to Addiction. A graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, Lee is currently the Academy’s Senior Vice President of Creative & Content Production and editor of the quarterly magazine, ACM Tempo.

 

About This Is Country: A Backstage Pass to the Academy of Country Music Awards:
From the first informal awards ceremony at the Hollywood Palladium in 1966 to today’s star-studded show on CBS, generations of country’s biggest superstars have graced the Academy of Country Music Awards stage. Now, for the first time ever, the ACM is opening its archive to reveal candid, never-before-seen photographs and memorabilia capturing some of the greatest moments in the history of country music.

 

Rich with backstage and performance photographs, compelling behind-the-scenes stories, and firsthand accounts from country legends and contemporary artists, This Is Country: A Backstage Pass to the Academy of Country Music Awards (Insight Editions / $50.00 / September 2014) offers a rare and intimate glimpse into the history, trends, and evolutions of the genre.

 

With contributions by Reba McEntire, Loretta Lynn, George Strait, Garth Brooks, Alabama’s Randy Owen, Blake Shelton, Luke Bryan, Marty Stuart, and many more, this book is a trove of history and celebrity, and a must-have for fans of country music. For more information, visit http://www.acmcountry.com/thisiscountry.html.

REBA TO RECEIVE NASH ICON AWARD AT THE FIRST-EVER “AMERICAN COUNTRY COUNTDOWN AWARDS”

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REBA TO RECEIVE NASH ICON AWARD
AT THE FIRST-EVER “AMERICAN COUNTRY COUNTDOWN AWARDS”
LIVE MONDAY, DECEMBER 15, ON FOXKELLY CLARKSON AND MIRANDA LAMBERT TO HONOR
MULTI-MEDIA ENTERTAINER WITH TRIBUTE PERFORMANCE

 

 

Multi-media entertainment mogul Reba will receive the first-ever NASH Icon Award during the inaugural AMERICAN COUNTRY COUNTDOWN AWARDS, airing Monday, Dec.15 (8:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) on FOX. Having become a household name because of her success in music, television, film, theater and retail, Reba is often hailed as the “Queen of Country Music.” Her reign boasts 35 No. 1 singles and more than 56 million albums sold worldwide, as well as leading Pollstar and Billboard Boxscore as the No. 1 female country touring artist with more than nine million tickets sold.

Multi-platinum artists Kelly Clarkson and Miranda Lambert will honor Reba by performing some of her classic hits and best-known songs LIVE from the AMERICA’S COUNTRY COUNTDOWN AWARDS stage. Longtime friend and radio host Kix Brooks will present Reba with the NASH Icon Award during the live show at Nashville’s Music City Center.

“The NASH Icon Award celebrates an iconic artist who has made a profound and lasting impact on country music, and Reba is the embodiment of such an icon,” said executive producer Mark Bracco. “Her stellar career has influenced generations of artists and fans alike and we’re proud to recognize her accomplishments and her ongoing musical impact.”

“Besides being one of the classiest people to ever grace Nashville, Tennessee, Reba has not just done it her way, but she’s gotten all of her recognition the old fashioned way,” said Kix Brooks. “She’s earned it and I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to tour with her dragging 21 trucks and 19 busses around, and to hear her sing by the campfire. Besides being a talented actor and host, she is seriously one of the best singers I’ve ever heard. Reba sings with her head, her heart and that amazing voice. She’s a treasure Nashville should forever be grateful for…Congratulations Red!”

Reba is a Country Music Hall of Fame and Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame inductee and has won 15 American Music Awards, 13 ACM Awards, nine People’s Choice Awards, seven CMA Awards, two Grammy Awards, and an ACM Career Achievement Honor, in addition to receiving the National Artistic Achievement Award from the U.S. Congress. Most recently, Reba became the inaugural signing on Nash Icon Music, an innovative new joint venture label between Big Machine Label Group and Cumulus. She is currently in the studio recording her first new music in over five years with long-time producer Tony Brown, and is collaborating with James Stroud to blend their multi-platinum career success.

AMERICAN COUNTRY COUNTDOWN AWARDS is based on country music’s longest-running radio countdown show (41 years), “American Country Countdown with Kix Brooks,” and will honor country music’s biggest stars based on album sales and radio airplay. The NASH Icon Award aptly gets its namesake from Cumulus’ NASH brand, which serves as host to the radio program. Superstar duo Florida Georgia Line’s Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard will host and perform. Country music heavyweights Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood, along with country’s newest star Brett Eldredge, also are set to perform.

The AMERICAN COUNTRY COUNTDOWN AWARDS is produced by dick clark productions.  Allen Shapiro (CEO, dick clark productions), Mike Mahan (President, dick clark productions), Mark Bracco (Executive Vice President, Programing and Development, dick clark productions), John Dickey (Executive Vice President of Content and Programming, Cumulus), Richard Godfrey (“MTV Europe Music Awards”) and Tom Forrest (“CMT Crossroads”) are executive producers. Baz Halpin is co-executive producer.

AMERICAN COUNTRY COUNTDOWN AWARDS finalists and winners, other than Breakthrough Artist of the Year, are determined based on statistics and radio airplay charts from Nov. 1, 2013-Oct. 31, 2014. The finalists for Album of the Year were based on album sales from SoundScan and the finalists for Artist of the Year were based on a combination of Mediabase airplay, digital data provided by Big Champagne and tour information from Pollstar. All other award categories were made up of those with the largest audience reach, according to Mediabase.

Tickets are on-sale now at www.theaccawards.com/tickets

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About dick clark productions
dick clark productions (dcp) is among the world’s largest producers and proprietors of televised live event programming. dcp produces perennial hits such as the “American Music Awards,” “Golden Globe Awards,” “Academy of Country Music Awards,” “Billboard Music Awards” and “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest.” Weekly television programming includes SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE, from 19 Entertainment, a division of CORE Media Group, and dick clark productions; as well as “Rising Star” and FOX’s upcoming game show, BOOM!, from Keshet DCP, the joint venture between Keshet International (KI), the global distribution and production arm of Keshet Media Group, and DC Media, the parent company of dick clark productions (dcp). In 2014, dcp will debut the AMERICAN COUNTRY COUNTDOWN AWARDS (FOX), “Hollywood Film Awards” (CBS) and “The People Magazine Awards” (NBC). dcp also owns one of the world’s most  unique and extensive entertainment archive libraries with more than 55 years of dcp’s award-winning shows, historic programs, specials, performances and legendary programming. For additional information, visit www.dickclark.com.

About Cumulus
Cumulus Media (NASDAQ: CMLS) combines high-quality local programming with iconic, nationally syndicated media, sports and entertainment brands in order to deliver premium choices for listeners, provide substantial reach for advertisers and create opportunities for shareholders. Cumulus provides exclusive content that is fully distributed through approximately 460 owned-and-operated stations in 90 U.S. media markets (including eight of the top 10), more than 10,000 broadcast radio affiliates and numerous digital channels Cumulus is well positioned

in the widening digital audio space through a significant stake in the Rdio digital music service, featuring 30 million songs on-demand in addition to custom playlists and exclusive curated channels. Cumulus is also the leading provider of Country music and lifestyle content through its NASH brand.  Nash serves over 90,000,000 Country fans through market leading broadcast radio short and long-form programming, NASH / Country Weekly magazine, Nash Live Events, Nash TV and soon to be announced Nash licensed apparel and home goods. For more information, visit www.cumulus.com.

Shakira & Blake Shelton to Perform on the 49th Annual ACM Awards

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SHAKIRA AND BLAKE SHELTON TO PERFORM TOGETHER
ON 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 that multi-platinum singer/songwriter and global recording artist, Shakira, will perform her single “Medicine,” from her new album Shakira, featuring ACM Awards co-host and five-time nominee including a nod for Entertainer of the Year, ACM’s most prestigious award, Blake Shelton LIVE on the 49th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards. The ceremony, which will be co-hosted by Luke Bryan along with Blake Shelton, is produced for television by dick clark productions and will be 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.

Both of these artists join previously announced performers including Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Brett Eldredge, Hunter Hayes, Miranda Lambert, Toby Keith, Justin Moore, Kip Moore, George Strait, Keith Urban, The Band Perry, Florida Georgia Line, and Lady Antebellum with legendary musician Stevie Nicks. Additional acts and presenters will be announced in the coming week.

For more information on the ACM Awards and all ACM events, visit www.ACMcountry.com , www.ACMAwards.com, like us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter at @ACMawards for more immediate updates.

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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.

Fan Voting Now Open for ACM Awards Entertainer of the Year and New Artist of the Year

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FAN VOTING FOR ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR AND NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR AWARDS
NOW OPEN FOR THE 49TH 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 fifth 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 have the power to choose the winners by casting their votes now at www.VoteACM.com. The awards will be given out during the 49th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards, to be broadcast LIVE from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Sunday, April 6, 2014 at 8:00PM, live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network. This year, for the fourth time, the ACM Awards will feature the ACM Ram Red Carpet to welcome country’s biggest stars to the show.   

“Ram truck and country music fans share the same work-hard, play-hard attitude,” said Reid Bigland, President and CEO – Ram Truck Brand, Chrysler Group LLC. “We are honored to be a key partner of the Academy of Country Music Awards for the fifth consecutive year and to present a multifaceted, multimedia experience that includes sponsoring Entertainer of the Year voting. Ram congratulates all the nominated artists and we look forward to seeing who the fans select.”

“Winning the New Artist of the Year award is a pivotal moment in any new artist’s career,” said Michelle Gass, Kohl’s chief customer officer. “Kohl’s is proud to sponsor that moment and once again partner with the Academy of Country Music Awards to present this award. We congratulate all of the nominees and are excited to see who the fans choose.”

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 Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, George Strait and Taylor Swift are nominated. Fans will also help choose the ACM New Artist of the Year presented by Kohl’s, for which Brett Eldredge, Justin Moore and Kip Moore 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 6, 2013 (before the LIVE show starts), and Entertainer of the Year voting will close during the third hour of the LIVE broadcast. Online fan voting for both categories is open to fans in the United States, Canada and Australia. Text voting for Entertainer of the Year during the live broadcast is open to fans in the United States only.

Leading up to the show, fans can watch interviews and exclusive performances with the three final ACM New Artist of the Year nominees on Great American Country’s “ACM New Artist of the Year” special, premiering Monday, March 24 at 8:00PM ET and re-airing multiple times until voting closes on April 6. Additional air times and dates can be found at GACtv.com/ACM.

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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 and R.A. Clark and Barry Adelman are executive producers.  Bob Romeo is executive producer for the Academy of Country Music.

 

About 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 1,162 stores in 49 states. In support of the communities it serves, Kohl’s has raised more than $257 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).

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Brett Eldredge, Justin Moore & Kip Moore to Perform at ACM Fan Jam / April 6 – Las Vegas

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ACM AWARDS NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR NOMINEES
BRETT ELDREDGE, JUSTIN MOORE & KIP MOORE TO PERFORM ON THE
49TH ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS
VIA LIVE REMOTE FROM THE 4TH ANNUAL ACM FAN JAM
SUNDAY, APRIL 6 ON THE CBS TELEVISION NETWORK

NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR AWARD PRESENTED BY KOHL’S TO BE
BESTOWED AT ACM FAN JAM, HEADLINED BY FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE,
AT THE MANDALAY BAY EVENTS CENTER IN LAS VEGAS

The Academy of Country Music and dick clark productions announced ACM New Artist of the Year Presented by Kohl’s Department Stores nominees Brett Eldredge, Justin Moore, and Kip Moore will perform via live remote from the 4th Annual ACM Fan Jam during the 49th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards, Sunday, April 6 (8:00-11:00 PM, live ET/delayed PT) on the CBS Television Network.  The ACM Fan Jam, the fans-only, live concert event, will take place in Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay Events Center during and after the broadcast of the 49th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards.

These artists join previously announced ACM Fan Jam performers Luke Bryan and Florida Georgia Line. Headlined by Florida Georgia Line, the 4th Annual ACM Fan Jam gives country music fans the ultimate pass to be a part of the 49th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards. Throughout the three-hour telecast from MGM Grand Garden Arena, there will be live ACM Fan Jam performances, via remote, by top-tier music acts. The ACM Fan Jam continues after the Awards telecast ends with a concert featuring Florida Georgia Line.

After making it through the first round of fan voting, nominees Brett Eldredge, Justin Moore, and Kip Moore 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 on Monday, March 24 at 3:00 PM ET/12noon PT at www.VoteACM.com until Sunday, April 6 at 8:00 PM ET/5:00 PM PT (before the LIVE show starts).  Online fan voting for New Artist of the Year and Entertainer of the Year categories is open to fans in the United States, Canada and Australia.

Tickets for the ACM Fan Jam start at $45 and are on sale NOW by visiting www.ticketmaster.com.

For more information on the ACM Awards and all ACM events, visit www.ACMcountry.com, like us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter at @ACMawards for more immediate updates.

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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.

Maggie Rose is Cut to Impress at Silverton Casino Hotel

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Maggie Rose is Cut to Impress at Silverton Casino Hotel ACM Awards Weekend Kicks Off with Maggie Rose at Silverton Casino on April 4

Friday, April 4
Doors 7 p.m., Show 8 p.m.

Tickets are $20

Tickets on-sale now

Tickets are available for purchase at Silverton Casino Hotel Box Office or online at www.silvertoncasino.com

 

Maggie Rose is starting the ACM Awards Weekend off with her second appearance at Silverton Casino Hotel this time performing at Veil Pavilion on Friday, April 4 at 8pm.

Maggie Rose is the voice behind the hit singles “I Ain’t Your Mama” in 2012, “Better” in 2013 and has just released her third chart topping single “Looking Back Now” from her album Cut To Impress. Maggie Rose, who began her musical career by the name Maggie Rose Durante with Universal Republic, released a cover and video of the popular Kings of Leon song “Use Somebody”.  After struggling to find her niche in the music industry, she dropped the last name and began performing as Maggie Rose. Maggie’s first single under this name, “I Ain’t Your Mama” released in May 2012 and spent over 30 weeks on the charts and peaked at the 25th spot. She began to develop a reputation for having upbeat live performances and soon was awarded the honor to open for Gary Allan and Rodney Atkins at the Country Throwdown Tour.
Maggie Rose and her band will be gracing the stage once again at Silverton Casino inside Veil Pavilion on Friday, April 4 at 8pm. Concert goers will be entertained with songs from her current album, along with the cover songs from other popular artists that will keep you singing and dancing all night. Tickets are just $20. Must be 18 years or older to enter.

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About Silverton Casino Hotel
Silverton Casino Hotel offers 300 deluxe rooms and suites and world-class amenities all located within an upscale, contemporary luxury lodge-themed resort. Silverton Casino Hotel is home to a variety of restaurants and dining options, including the Seasons Buffet, the 24-hour Sundance Grill, Shady Grove Lounge, Twin Creeks Steakhouse, Mi Casa Grill Cantina, Starbucks and Johnny Rockets. In addition to the flagship 165,000-square-foot Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World, Silverton offers 90,000 square feet of gaming with more than 1,600 slot machines and 30 table games, and the Mermaid Restaurant & Lounge. The property features a 117,000-gallon saltwater aquarium with more than 4,000 sharks, stingrays and tropical fish, which was voted “Best Free Attraction” in the Best of Citysearch®. Silverton is located at I-15 and Blue Diamond in Las Vegas. For more information, please call 702-263-7777 or visit www.silvertoncasino.com.

Photos: ACM & Cabela’s Great Outdoors Archery Event

ACM Awards co-host Luke Bryan hosted the ACM & Cabela’s Great Outdoors Archery Event at THE ACM EXPERIENCE in the East Parking Lot of the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas. This unique event brought together country music artists, military personnel and fans in an archery exhibition featuring 3D and traditional targets. ACM Awards nominee Jason Aldean, country music artists Kix Brooks, Easton Corbin, Chris Janson, Angie Johnson, Dustin Lynch, Justin Moore, Jon Pardi, Danielle Peck and Thomas Rhett and A&E’s “Duck Dynasty” stars Willie Robertson and Jep Robertson tested their skills and knowledge on bow hunting, using Cabela’s state-of-the-art archery equipment, while fans cheered them on. Luke Bryan warmed up by aiming his arrows at a picture of his ACM Awards co-host Blake Shelton. Afterwards, he engaged a little friendly competition with Jason Aldean and Willie & Jep Robertson. Luke, Jason, Willie and Jep stayed long afterwards to sign autographs and take photos with their fans.

Photo Credit – Getty Images

 

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.

ACM Special Awards Winners Announcement

BOBBY BRADDOCK, KENNY CHESNEY, VINCE GILL, EMMYLOU HARRIS,
GAYLE HOLCOMB, ALAN JACKSON, ROGER MILLER, BILLY SHERRILL,
RICKY SKAGGS AND DWIGHT YOAKAM
ANNOUNCED AS OFF-CAMERA WINNERS
FOR THE 47th ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS

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Special Awards, Industry Awards, MBI Honorees and Songwriter of the Year Will Be Feted at 6th Annual ACM Honors Event Held on September 24, 2012 in Nashville

Today the Academy of Country Music is announcing the winners of awards that will not be televised during the live telecast of the 47th ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS, telecast LIVE from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 1, 2012 at 8:00 PM live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network, due to time constraints.   Special Awards, Industry Awards, MBI (Musician, Bandleader, Instrumentalist) and Songwriter of the Year honorees will be feted at the 6th Annual ACM Honorsevent on September 24, 2012 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

Emmylou Harris, Billy Sherrill, Ricky Skaggs and Dwight Yoakam have been chosen to receive the Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award honoring individuals who are pioneers in the country music genre.

Emmylou Harris brought a graceful delivery, beautiful harmonies and a wealth of exceptional material to her career in country music. Harris was discovered at a nightclub in Washington D.C., then provided her signature vocals to Gram Parsons’ seminal recordings. On her own, she arrived on the country charts in 1975. Over the next decade, she racked up 21 Top 10 singles, including five No. 1 hits. The Trio album with talented friends Dolly Parton and Linda Ronstadt earned the 1987 ACM Award for Album of the Year. Harris was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2008.

Billy Sherrill produced many of country’s most famous names and wrote numerous classics throughout the 1960s and 1970s. The Alabama native joined Epic Records in 1964, where his credits as both a producer and songwriter included David Houston’s “Almost Persuaded,” Charlie Rich’s “The Most Beautiful Girl” and Tammy Wynette’s “Stand By Your Man.” He also served as a producer on George Jones’ “He Stopped Loving Her Today” (which earned Sherrill an ACM Award for Producer of the Year), as well as Johnny Paycheck’s “She’s All I Got” and Tanya Tucker’s “Delta Dawn.” He joined the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2010.

Ricky Skaggs energized country music in the 1980s by taking his traditional sound in a lively new direction. Over that decade, the Kentucky native charted 19 Top 10 singles, including 11 No. 1 hits. Rather than writing his material, he gathered first-rate songs by the likes of Guy Clark, Bill Monroe, Webb Pierce, Mel Tillis and Cindy Walker. He was named the ACM’s 1981 Top New Male Vocalist and received five ACM Awards for Touring Band of the Year. Since that time, Skaggs has focused on bluegrass music and now leads one of the most respected ensembles in the genre.

Dwight Yoakam captured the imagination of traditionalists and new listeners alike by giving hillbilly music a modern twist. Born in Kentucky but based in Los Angeles, Yoakam debuted with a twangy cover of Johnny Horton’s “Honky Tonk Man,” which led him to the ACM’s 1986 Top New Male Vocalist trophy. In all, Yoakam landed 14 Top 10 hits – some he wrote (“I Sang Dixie”) and others he revived (Elvis Presley’s “Little Sister”). Along with acclaimed albums and music videos, Yoakam proudly partnered with Buck Owens on the endearing 1988 duet, “Streets of Bakersfield.” He remains active in music and film.

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

Crystal Milestone Award

Kenny Chesney, four-time ACM Entertainer of the Year, has sold more than 10,500,000 tickets on his 11 national tours, selling out stadiums across the country. His successful shows have promoted the entire genre to delighted fans while helping other country acts and cross-over artists gain exposure nationwide. The Academy is honoring Kenny for this remarkable achievement.

Past recipients of the Crystal Milestone Award include Garth Brooks and Jennifer Nettles.

Career Achievement Award

Vince Gill has been chosen to receive the Career Achievement Award, which is presented to an individual artist, duo, group or multiple artist collaboration who have advanced the popularity and acceptance of country music through their endeavors in the entertainment industry in multiple areas during the preceding calendar year.

Vince Gill returned to the country scene in 2011 with an appealing new album, Guitar Slinger, and the enthusiastic response proved that he had been missed. Nashville Mayor Karl Dean proclaimed an official Vince Gill Week in conjunction with the album’s release. Gill also served as Grand Marshal of Nashville’s Christmas parade. In addition, Gill and wife Amy Grant graced the cover of Good Housekeeping, while Sting shared the stage with him on an acclaimed CMT Crossroads. Meanwhile, the Country Music Hall of Fame member appeared on multiple talk shows and earned a Grammy nod for “Threaten Me With Heaven.”

Past recipients of the Career Achievement Award include John Anderson, Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, Johnny Paycheck, Carl Perkins, Reba and Kenny Rogers.

Jim Reeves International Award

Alan Jackson has been chosen to receive the Jim Reeves International Award, which is presented to an individual for outstanding contributions to the acceptance of country music throughout the world.

Alan Jackson’s down-home music and laidback personality has translated well internationally. He played for eager audiences in Sweden and Norway in August 2011, brought back by popular demand following his 2009 shows. Jackson’s album, Good Time, has also earned platinum sales in Norway. Jackson also toured Australia for the first time in March 2011. He’ll play four arena shows in Canada in April 2012, as well as a summer concert at the Craven Country Jamboree in Saskatchewan. Jackson won his first ACM Award as 1990’s Top New Male Vocalist, an honor that coincided with career-building tour dates in the UK and Germany.

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

Mae Boren Axton Award

Gayle Holcomb 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.

Gayle Holcomb, a country music industry leader at William Morris Endeavor Entertainment, has served as an Academy of Country Music board member for 17 years and five years as ACM chairman.  During her tenure as chair, Holcomb was a driving force for the organization’s rapid change and growth, including moving the Awards show from Los Angeles to Las Vegas in 2003.  Holcomb helped launch ACM Lifting Lives in 2005, guiding the vision for the charity as it got underway initially, and continuing her support of the organization by becoming chairman.  She made the initial endowment to form the ACM Lifting Lives’ Diane Holcomb Emergency Relief Fund, in honor of her mother, to enable the Fund to respond quickly to unforeseen, immediate financial needs of ACM members, staff and members of the country music community.

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

Poet’s Award

Bobby Braddock and Roger Miller 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.

Bobby Braddock is a master storyteller with more than 40 years of songwriting success. A Florida native, Braddock moved to Nashville in 1964 and worked for a time as Marty Robbins’ piano player. His classic cuts include Tammy Wynette’s divine “D-I-V-O-R-C-E” and George Jones’ iconic (and ACM Award-winning) “He Stopped Loving Her Today,” as well as the famous couple’s enduring duet, “Golden Ring.” Braddock also earned ACM nominations as a songwriter for Tracy Lawrence’s “Time Marches On,” Toby Keith’s “I Wanna Talk About Me” and Billy Currington’s “People Are Crazy.” He joined the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2011.

Roger Miller charmed listeners with characteristic wit on classics like “King of the Road” and “Dang Me.” Miller, an Oklahoma native, grabbed early songwriting success with Ray Price’s “Invitation to the Blues.” In 1985, he earned acclaim for writing the score of the musical Big River. To honor his brilliant career, he received the 1987 ACM Pioneer Award. Miller died in 1992 and was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1995. Contemporary stars like Brooks & Dunn and Alan Jackson have kept his legacy alive with terrific renditions of “Husbands and Wives” and “Tall, Tall Trees,” respectively.

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

SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR

SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR – Dallas Davidson

INDUSTRY AWARDS

CASINO OF THE YEAR – Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino – Las Vegas, NV

DON ROMEO TALENT BUYER OF THE YEAR – Jimmy Jay – Jayson Promotions, Inc.

NIGHTCLUB OF THE YEAR – Billy Bob’s Texas – Ft. Worth, TX

PROMOTER OF THE YEAR – Brian O’Connell – Live Nation

VENUE OF THE YEAR – Bridgestone Arena – Nashville, TN

MBI (MUSICIANS, BAND, INSTRUMENTAL) AWARDS:

PRODUCER OF THE YEAR – Frank Liddell

AUDIO ENGINEER OF THE YEAR – Justin Niebank

BASS PLAYER OF THE YEAR – Michael Rhodes

PERCUSSIONIST/DRUMMER OF THE YEAR – Shannon Forrest

GUITARIST OF THE YEAR – Kenny Greenberg

FIDDLE PLAYER OF THE YEAR – Stuart Duncan

PIANO/KEYBOARD PLAYER OF THE YEAR – John Hobbs

SPECIALTY INSTRUMENT(S) PLAYER OF THE YEAR – Aubrey Haynie

STEEL GUITAR PLAYER OF THE YEAR – Paul Franklin

About the Academy of Country Music Awards

The 47th 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 1, 2012 at 8:00 PM live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network.  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.