FINAL LINE-UP OF PERFORMERS AND PRESENTERS FOR THE 47TH ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS

FINAL LINE-UP OF PERFORMERS AND PRESENTERS FOR THE

47TH ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS

TELECAST TO AIR LIVE FROM MGM GRAND IN LAS VEGAS

SUNDAY, APRIL 1st AT 8:00 PM LIVE ET/ DELAYED PT ON CBS TELEVISION NETWORK

The Academy of Country Music announces the final talent line-up for the 47th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards, broadcast LIVE from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 1st, 2012 at 8:00 PM ET/PT on the CBS Television Network.  There are a total of 24 performances – the most ever in ACM history. For all your social networking and status updates, please use hashtag #ACMs.

 

Presenters:Marc Anthony

Beth Behrs

Zac Brown (appearance from Mandalay Bay)

Brantley Gilbert (appearance from Mandalay Bay)

Hunter Hayes (appearance from Mandalay Bay)

Liam Hemsworth (appearance from Mandalay Bay)

LL Cool J

Ashton Kutcher

Scotty McCreery (appearance from Mandalay Bay)

Nancy O’Dell

Jake Owen

Grace Potter

Lionel Richie

LeAnn Rimes

Taylor Swift

The Band Perry

Eli Young Band

KISS

Sugarland (appearance from Mandalay Bay)

Thompson Square

Performers:

Jason Aldean

Dierks Bentley

Luke Bryan

Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw

Eric Church

Sara Evans

Brantley Gilbert (performance at Mandalay Bay)

Hunter Hayes (performance at Mandalay Bay)

Toby Keith with Special Guests

Miranda Lambert

Martina McBride and Pat Monahan

Scotty McCreery (performance at Mandalay Bay)

Brad Paisley

Blake Shelton and Lionel Richie

Carrie Underwood

Keith Urban

Chris Young

The Band Perry

Lady Antebellum

Little Big Town (Lifting Lives Moment)

Rascal Flatts and Steve Martin

Zac Brown Band (performance at Mandalay Bay)

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.

ACM AWARDS PRESENTERS ANNOUNCEMENT

ZAC BROWN, BRANTLEY GILBERT, LIAM HEMSWORTH, LL COOL J, SCOTTY McCREERY,
THE BAND PERRY, KISS, SUGARLAND, AND THOMPSON SQUARE TO PRESENT AT THE
47th ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC® AWARDS
COUNTRY MUSIC’S PARTY OF THE YEAR®

TELECAST TO AIR LIVE FROM MGM GRAND IN LAS VEGAS
Sunday, April 1, 2012 at 8:00 PM live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network

The Academy of Country Music announced today that Zac Brown, Brantley Gilbert, Liam Hemsworth, LL COOL J, Scotty McCreery, The Band Perry, KISS, Sugarland, and Thompson Square are scheduled to present as part of the 47th ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS. The ceremony, which honors country music’s top talent as well as the industry’s hottest emerging artists, 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.

Brown, Gilbert, Hemsworth, LL COOL J, McCreery, The Band Perry, KISS, Sugarland, and Thompson Square join previously announced presenters Beth Behrs, Hunter Hayes, Lionel Richie, Taylor Swift and Nancy O’Dell. In addition, Jason Aldean, Dierks Bently, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Sara Evans, Bradley Gilbert, Hunter Hayes, Toby Keith, Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride with Pat Monahan, Scotty McCreery, Tim McGraw, Brad Paisley, Lionel Richie, Blake Shelton, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, Chris Young, The Band Perry, Lady Antebellum, Rascal Flatts with Steve Martin, and Little Big Town have been announced as performers at the 47th ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS with Zac Brown Band hosting the 2nd Annual ACM Fan Jam at Mandalay Bay Events Center.

Presenters:

Zac Brown is the front man of Zac Brown Band, who are nominated for Vocal Group of the Year, the band’s third consecutive nomination in that category. The group has won two ACM Awards including Vocal Event of the Year for “As She’s Walking Away” featuring Alan Jackson in 2010 and New Vocal Duo or Group in 2008.  They also tout a historic series of nine consecutive #1 hit singles from their double-platinum major label debut ‘The Foundation’ and platinum #1 follow up album ‘You Get What You Give.’

 

Brantley Gilbert:  At the age of 27, Brantley Gilbert already has an impressive list of industry accolades. The deluxe version of the rising star’s sophomore album, Halfway to Heaven Deluxe, debuted at #2 on the Billboard Country Albums Chart in September 2011. Collectively, the standard and deluxe versions of Halfway to Heaven have both  sold over 500,000 albums to date. Brantley’s first single on The Valory Music Co., “Country Must Be Country Wide,” recently scored the #1 spot at Country radio. As a celebrated songwriter, Gilbert also penned three #1 hits – “My Kinda Party,” “Dirt Road Anthem,” and most recently, “Country Must Be Country Wide.” In addition to playing his own headlining dates, Gilbert is currently on the road with Eric Church for his The Blood, Sweat & Beers Tour. For tour dates and more on Brantley visit: www.facebook.com/BrantleyGilbertMusic.

 

Liam Hemsworth currently stars in the record breaking movie adaptation of THE HUNGER GAMES, in which he portrays ‘Gale Hawthorne’ and stars opposite Jennifer Lawrence for director Gary Ross. Hemsworth will next be seen this August starring opposite Sylvester Stallone, Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger, amongst several others in EXPENDABLES 2.  This April Hemsworth begins production on Dito Montiel’s EMPIRE STATE, in which he plays opposite Dwayne Johnson and Emma Roberts. Hemsworth recently finished production on the independent feature film AWOL, which is set to release this year. Liam’s character ‘Wright’, starring opposite Teresa Palmer is depicted as a young soldier in Vietnam who decides to go AWOL after being dumped by his hometown girlfriend.

 

Hemsworth’s break out role as ‘Will Blakelee’ in Disney’s smash hit THE LAST SONG earned him a 2010 Young Hollywood Award as well as three Teen Choice Award nominations, and the win for “Choice Movie: Male Breakout.” Starring opposite Miley Cyrus, Greg Kinnear and Kelly Preston, THE LAST SONG is based on best-selling author Nicholas Sparks’ novel, who also co-wrote the screenplay.

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.  First introduced to the world in 1984 as a Def Jam Records flagship artist, LL is the first rap artist to amass ten consecutive platinum-plus selling albums.  The multi-platinum artist and two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominee is currently tied for third place for most Billboard chart debuts by a rapper.  As an actor, LL COOL J has successfully transitioned to one of the consistently highest rated shows on television. He currently stars in the CBS hit primetime drama series, “NCIS: LOS ANGELES” and his performance on the show garnered him a NAACP Image Award in 2011 and 2012 for his role of ‘Special Agent Sam Hanna.’

 

Scotty McCreery’s album, Clear As Day, was certified platinum in just three months, and he was recently named No. 1 on Billboard magazine’s list of Top New Country Artists for 2011. Clear As Day debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 and Top Country Albums charts, making him the youngest man in history to open at the top of the all-genre chart with a debut release. It garnered the highest sales of any country solo album released last year and held the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart for six weeks. The album’s first two singles, “I Love You This Big” and “The Trouble With Girls,” have been certified gold.  He is currently touring as part of Brad Paisley’s Virtual Reality Tour 2012 presented by Chevrolet.

 

The Band Perry returns to the ACM Awards this year as a first-time Vocal Group of the Year nominee.  In 2011, they were honored with the New Artist of the Year award after the largest fan vote in the category’s history.  On the heels of celebrating a recent two-week #1 with their Gold-certified single, “All Your Life,” Platinum-certification of their self-titled Republic Nashville debut album and recent Quadruple-Platinum status for sales of over 4 million for their quintessential #1 hit “If I Die Young,”  the excitement only continues for The Band Perry.

 

KISS remains one of the most influential bands in the history of rock and roll.  As one of America’s top gold-record champions, KISS has released 44 albums and sold more than 90 million albums worldwide. Decades of record-breaking tours around the globe have included high-profile appearances at Super Bowl XXXIII, the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, the Rockin’ The Corps concert dedicated to our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, and special guest appearance on the 2009 American Idol finale that boasted 30 million viewers and a 2010 Dr. Pepper Super Bowl commercial and advertising campaign in support of their Hottest Show On Earth tour.

 

The KISS legacy continues to grow, generation after generation. The unparalleled devotion and loyalty of the KISS Army to the “Hottest Band in the World” is a striking testament to the band’s unbreakable bond with its fans, and just one of the reasons KISS was nominated for induction into the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame.    KISS is currently in the studio recording “Monster”, the follow up to their 2009 chart topping album “Sonic Boom” and recently announced a major world tour starting in summer of 2012.    For more information, please visit www.KISSonline.com and follow the band: @KISSonline

 

Sugarland is the reigning Vocal Duo of the Year and is nominated for the award again this year.  The country super-duo has reached over 22 million in worldwide sales and achieved eight #1 singles since exploding onto the music scene in 2004.  Sugarland kicks off their 2012 “In the Hands of Fans” tour this April.

 

Thompson Square, the husband-and-wife duo of Keifer and Shawna Thompson, are nominated for Vocal Duo of the Year, their first ACM Awards nomination.The chart-topping duo’s No.1 platinum+ radio smash “Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not” was iTunes’ Country Song of the Year (2011) and has grown meteorically to become the most played song at Country radio in 2011 (Mediabase) as well as reach the top of the Billboard Heat Seekers Chart. “Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not” spent five consecutive weeks at #1 on the Country Digital Soundscan chart and 12 consecutive weeks as the #1 Country Ringtone.

 

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.

 

DUETS & SPECIAL PERFORMANCES AT 47th ACM AWARDS – 4.1 / Las Vegas

DUETS AND COLLABORATIONS TO BE PERFORMED BY KENNY CHESNEY & TIM McGRAW,
BLAKE SHELTON & LIONEL RICHIE, RASCAL FLATTS & STEVE MARTIN
AND TOBY KEITH & SPECIAL SURPRISE GUESTS

AT THE 47th ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC® AWARDS
COUNTRY MUSIC’S PARTY OF THE YEAR®

TELECAST TO AIR LIVE FROM MGM GRAND IN LAS VEGAS
Sunday, April 1, 2012 at 8:00 PM live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network

The Academy of Country Music announced today that Kenny Chesney & Tim McGraw, Blake Shelton & Lionel Richie, Rascal Flatts & Steve Martin, and Toby Keith with surprise Las Vegas guest performers are set to perform a variety of special duets and collaborations at the 47th ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS. The ceremony, which honors country music’s top talent as well as the industry’s hottest emerging artists, 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.

Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Sara Evans, Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride, Pat Monahan, Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, Chris Young, The Band Perry, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town and Rascal Flatts have previously been announced as performers at the 47th ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS.

Performers:
KENNY CHESNEY & TIM MCGRAW
Kenny Chesney is nominated for nine awards including Entertainer of the Year, a category he has won four times since 2004. He is nominated for Male Vocalist of the Year, a category he has been nominated in 10 times previously. He is twice nominated for Album of the Year for Hemingway’s Whiskey, as both artist and producer, and also earned double nominations for Single Record of the Year and Vocal Event of the Year as both artist and producer for “You And Tequila” with Grace Potter. Chesney is also nominated for Song of the Year for “You And Tequila” with Grace Potter. Chesney recently announced a new album which is due in June, a project following his platinum record Hemingway’s Whiskey.

Tim McGraw has won 14 ACM Awards and has been honored by the Academy with a Career Achievement Award with Faith Hill in 2006.  McGraw has sold over 40 million units and dominated the charts with 32 #1 singles. With 7.8 million spins at radio, McGraw was deemed “Artist of the Decade” (2000-2010) by Nielsen Broadcast Data Systems. His 11th studio album EMOTIONAL TRAFFIC debuted at #1 on the Billboard Country Chart, making it his 13th career No. 1 debut.  McGraw is also an accomplished actor, having starred in films such as the Oscar-nominated blockbuster The Blind Side and the critically acclaimed Friday Night Lights. This June, McGraw will kick off what is anticipated to be the biggest stadium tour in country music history with old friend Kenny Chesney.

The Brothers of the Sun tourmates will take the ACM Awards stage Sunday night for a very special performance.

BLAKE SHELTON & LIONEL RICHIE “You Are”
Blake Shelton returns to co-host the Awards telecast alongside Reba for the second consecutive year. He is nominated for two awards, including Male Vocalist of the Year and Entertainer of the Year, marking his first nomination in the Entertainer of the Year category.  In 2009, Shelton won Vocal Event of the Year for “Hillbilly Bone,” his chart-topping duet with longtime friend Trace Adkins.  Straight off five back-to-back #1 hits, his current single “Drink On It” is his fastest rising single to date and featured on his Grammy-nominated album Red River Blue.

Music icon Lionel Richie has created an unforgettable body of work that speaks to the hearts of people of all races, faiths and ages around the world with his universal themes of life, love and loss presented with poetic simplicity and irresistible melodies.  He has earned sales of more than 100 million albums, 22 Top 10 hits, five Grammys, an Academy Award for Best Original Song, a Golden Globe and a host of other awards from virtually every other major entertainment organization. His catalog of timeless hits includes “Say You, Say Me,” “Easy,” “Still,” “Hello,” “Stuck On You,” You Are,” “My Love” and “Endless Love.”

The following night after the ACM Awards, Richie will collaborate with an all-star ensemble for ACM Presents: Lionel Richie and Friends – In Concert, the once-in-a-lifetime concert event taping Monday, April 2, 2012 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.  Shelton and Richie’s performance of Richie’s classic hit “You Are” will air as part of the special Friday, April 13, 2012 on the CBS Television Network and is featured on Richie’s new album Tuskegee.

RASCAL FLATTS & STEVE MARTIN “Banjo”
Rascal Flatts has won 10 ACM Awards.  They are nominated for Vocal Group of the Year, an award they have previously won seven times.  In 2007, they were honored with the Academy’s Humanitarian Award in recognition of their commitment to serve others, their generosity of spirit and dedication to helping build the dreams of those in need.  The group’s highly-anticipated new studio album CHANGED is out April 3.

Steve Martin will be on tour this summer with The Steep Canyon Rangers performing in some of the most prestigious venues and festivals across the country in support of their Grammy-nominated album, Rare Bird Alert (Rounder).  The album debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Bluegrass Chart and at #43 on the Billboard Top 200. Martin is a four-time Grammy® winner, the latest for The Crow: New Songs for the Five-String Banjo, which won Best Bluegrass Album (2009), in addition he won for his collaboration with Earl Scruggs on Foggy Mountain Breakdown (2001) and two for comedy albums Wild and Crazy Guy (1978) and Let’s Get Small (1977.)  Steve Martin and The Steep Canyon Rangers were named ‘Entertainer of the Year’ at the 2011 International Bluegrass Association Awards.

In a unique collaboration with Rascal Flatts, Martin will showcase the banjo during a performance of the band’s new single “Banjo.”

TOBY KEITH & SPECIAL SURPRISE GUESTS “Red Solo Cup”
Toby Keith is nominated for three awards including Video of the Year for “Red Solo Cup,” which he last won in 2003 for “Beer For My Horses.” He also received a double nomination as artist and producer for Single Record of the Year for “Red Solo Cup.” Keith has won 10 ACM Awards including two wins for Entertainer of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year and Album of the Year.

Keith will be joined by special surprise iconic Las Vegas performers for an unforgettable performance of Keith’s chart-topping smash “Red Solo Cup.”

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.

 

ACM Awards: Dierks Bentley & Brad Paisley to Perform/Lionel Richie & Taylor Swift to Present

DIERKS BENTLEY AND BRAD PAISLEY TO PERFORM
AT THE 47th ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC® AWARDS
COUNTRY MUSIC’S PARTY OF THE YEAR®

LIONEL RICHIE AND TAYLOR SWIFT SCHEDULED AS PRESENTERS

TELECAST TO AIR LIVE FROM MGM GRAND IN LAS VEGAS
Sunday, April 1, 2012 at 8:00 PM live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network

 

The Academy of Country Music announced today that Dierks Bentley and Brad Paisley are scheduled to perform as part of the 47th ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS.  In addition, Lionel Richie and Taylor Swift are scheduled as presenters. The ceremony, which honors country music’s top talent as well as the industry’s hottest emerging artists, 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.

 

Richie and Swift join previously announced presenters, Beth Behrs, Hunter Hayes, and Nancy O’Dell. In addition, Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Sara Evans, Toby Keith, Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride with Pat Monahan, Tim McGraw, Blake Shelton, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, Chris Young, The Band Perry, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town and Rascal Flatts have been announced as performers at the 47th ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS.

 

Performers:
Dierks Bentley received a double nomination as artist and composer for Song of the Year for his critically acclaimed single “Home,” which he will be performing on this year’s show. A past New Artist of the Year winner, Bentley’s career has also boasted nominations for Album of the Year for Up On The Ridge and Male Vocalist of the Year. Bentley recently wrapped the Australian leg of his 2012 Country & Cold Cans Tour, and is currently touring the U.S. for a 20-city spring run.

 

Brad Paisley is the reigning Male Vocalist of the Year and is nominated for four awards, including his fifth consecutive nomination for Entertainer of the Year and eighth nomination for Male Vocalist of the Year, which he has won five times consecutively between the years of 2006-2010.  He received two nominations in the Vocal Event of the Year category for “Old Alabama” with Alabama and “Remind Me” with Carrie Underwood. Paisley also just completed the first leg of his “Virtual Reality World Tour 2012” and played to over 218,000 fans with 19 sell-outs. The tour picks back up on May 18 in St. Louis and continues through mid-October.

 

Presenters:
Music icon Lionel Richie has created an unforgettable body of work that speaks to the hearts of people of all races, faiths and ages around the world with his universal themes of life, love and loss presented with poetic simplicity and irresistible melodies.  He has earned sales of more than 100 million albums, 22 Top 10 hits, five Grammys, an Academy Award for Best Original Song, a Golden Globe and a host of other awards from virtually every other major entertainment organization. His catalog of timeless hits includes “Say You, Say Me,” “Easy,” “Still,” “Hello,” “Stuck On You,” You Are,” “My Love” and “Endless Love.”

 

The following night after the ACM Awards, Richie will collaborate with an all-star ensemble for ACM Presents: Lionel Richie and Friends – In Concert, the once-in-a-lifetime concert event taping Monday, April 2, 2012 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.  The special will air Friday, April 13, 2012 on the CBS Television Network.

 

Reigning Entertainer of the Year, Taylor Swift, leads solo female nominees with three nominations, including her third consecutive nod for Entertainer of the Year.  If Swift wins Entertainer of the Year, this will be her second consecutive win in that category. Swift, a 6-time Grammy winner, is nominated for the fifth time for Female Vocalist of the Year, and for the third time for Video of the Year (for “Mean”). In 2011, in addition to winning Entertainer of the Year, Swift was honored with the Academy’s prestigious Jim Reeves International Award, in recognition of her outstanding contributions to the acceptance of country music worldwide.

 

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.

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

FAN VOTING FOR ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR AND NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR AWARDS
IS NOW OPEN FOR THE 47th 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 New Artist of the Year By Logging On to www.VoteACM.com

CBS.com also Featuring Original 5-Part Web Series, ROAD TO THE ACM AWARDS,
Documenting New Artist of the Year Nominees Brantley Gilbert, Hunter Hayes and Scotty McCreery’s Journey to the 47th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards

The Ram Truck brand and the Academy of Country Music announced today that Entertainer of the Year fan voting will be powered by Ram Trucks, for the third year in a row.  Country music fans everywhere have the power to choose the Academy of Country Music’s Entertainer of the Year as well as New Artist of the Year by casting their votes now on www.VoteACM.com. The winners will be announced live on the 47th ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS, to be broadcast from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Sunday, April 1(8:00 – 11:00 PM, live ET/delayed PT) on the CBS Television Network. This year, for the second time, the ACM Awards will feature the ACM Ram Red Carpet to welcome country’s biggest stars to the show.

“The Ram Truck brand is proud to partner with the Academy of Country Music for their 47th Award ceremony.  Ram truck fans and country music fans are one and the same as they are cut from the same cloth of authenticity with a genuine work-hard, play-hard attitude,” said Fred Diaz, President and CEO, Ram Truck Brand, Chrysler Group LLC.  “We are excited to find out who Ram and country music fans will select as their choice for Entertainer of the Year. We congratulate everyone who has been nominated.”

“The Academy’s partnership with the Ram Truck brand has been phenomenal and we are delighted to have them back again to help country music fans elect the Entertainer of the Year,” said Bob Romeo, Chief Executive Officer of the Academy of Country Music.

Entertainer of the Year fan voting – powered by the Ram Truck Brand – will provide fans the opportunity to vote for the Academy’s most prestigious award, Entertainer of the Year, for which Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney, Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton and Taylor Swift are nominated.  Fans can also vote for the New Artist of the Year award, for which Brantley Gilbert, Hunter Hayes and Scotty McCreery will compete. Fan voting for Entertainer of the Year and New Artist of the Year is open now at www.VoteACM.com.  New Artist of the Year voting will close at 8 p.m PT /5 p.m. PT on April 1st (before the LIVE show starts) and Entertainer of the Year voting will close during the third hour of the LIVE broadcast.

On CBS.com/ACMs, fans can also watch the original Web series, ROAD TO THE ACM AWARDS, featuring New Artist of the Year nominees Brantley Gilbert, Hunter Hayes and Scotty McCreery.  The 5-websiode series takes fans behind the scenes during the final weeks leading up to both nominees’ first trip to the Academy of Country Music Awards.  In past years, the series has featured country music superstars Taylor Swift, Josh Thompson, Gloriana and Lady Antebellum.

Country music fans will also have the chance to win a trip for two to next year’s Academy of Country Music Awards or drive away in a 2012 Ram truck by entering the Ram Truck brand’s Enter-To-Win sweepstakes. For more information and to enter the sweepstakes please visit www.VoteACM.com.

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.

 

About the Ram Truck brand
The Ram Truck brand continues to establish its own identity and clearly define its customer since its launch as a standalone vehicle brand. Creating a distinct brand for Ram trucks has allowed the brand to concentrate on how core customers use their trucks and what new features they’d like to see. Whether focusing on a family that uses its half-ton truck day in and day out, a hard-working Ram Heavy Duty owner or a business that depends on its commercial vehicles every day, Ram has the truck market covered.
The Ram Truck brand has the most innovative lineup of full-size trucks on the market. Ram Truck has emerged as a full-size truck leader by investing substantially in new products, infusing them with great looks, refined interiors, durable engines and features that further enhance their capabilities. Truck customers, from half-ton to commercial, have a demanding range of needs and require their vehicles to provide high levels of capability. Ram trucks are designed to deliver a total package.

 

MANDALAY BAY Las Vegas ~ Entertainment & Special Events Listing

MANDALAY BAY

 

MANDALAY BAY EVENTS CENTER

TOOL
Tool, the popular California rock band, hits the road this month for another smashing tour and will make a stop at the Mandalay Bay Events Center Sunday, Jan. 15. In a musical career spanning nearly 20 years, Tool has won three GRAMMY® Awards, toured worldwide and produced chart topping albums including Undertow, Ænima and Lateralus. The band’s most recent album, 10,000 Days, earned the band critical claim and success. Formed in 1990, the band includes drummer Danny Carey, guitarist Adam Jones, vocalist Maynard James Keenan and bassist Justin Chancellor.

Date: Sunday, Jan. 15
Time: 8 p.m.
Prices: $75, $60 and $40 (not including applicable service charges)
Buy: Tickets are now on sale at any Mandalay Bay box office outlet and all Las Vegas Ticketmaster locations (select Smith’s Food and Drug Centers and Ritmo Latino). Ticket sales are limited to eight (8) per household. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Mandalay Bay box office at (702) 632-7580 or Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. Tickets also are available for purchase at www.mandalaybay.com or www.ticketmaster.com.

ZAC BROWN BAND
The Country Music Association (CMA), Academy of Country Music (ACM) and GRAMMY® Award-winning Zac Brown Band, popular for its multi-genre music and entertaining concert performances, will bring its Zac Brown Band 2011/2012 World Tour Presented by Landshark Lager & Jack Daniel’s to the Mandalay Bay Events Center Friday,
Jan. 20. The band’s first major label release, The Foundation, was one of Billboard’s Top 20 albums of 2009 and was the first major label debut album in 18 years to yield five No. 1 hits including “Chicken Fried” and “Free.” The band’s second album, You Get What You Give, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart and includes hit singles “As She’s Walking Away” featuring Alan Jackson and “Knee Deep” with Jimmy Buffett.

Date: Friday, Jan. 20
Time: 8 p.m.
Prices: $87, $67 and $47 (not including applicable service charges)
Buy: Tickets are now on sale at any Mandalay Bay box office outlet and all Las Vegas Ticketmaster locations (select Smith’s Food and Drug Centers and Ritmo Latino). Ticket sales are limited to eight (8) per person. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Mandalay Bay box office at (702) 632-7580 or Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. Tickets also are available for purchase at www.mandalaybay.com or www.ticketmaster.com.

BRAD PAISLEY
Reigning Country Music Association Entertainer of the Year and Grand Ole Opry member Brad Paisley will bring “Virtual Reality World Tour 2012” presented by Chevy to the Mandalay Bay Events Center Saturday, Jan. 28. Paisley has placed 20 singles at the top of the charts including his latest, “Remind Me,” a duet with Carrie Underwood. The musician’s current album, This Is Country Music, debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart and is Paisley’s sixth consecutive studio album to debut as the nation’s country best-seller. The Las Vegas show will feature special guests The Band Perry and American Idol winner, Scotty McCreery.

Date: Saturday, Jan. 28
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Prices: $85, $65 and $45 (not including applicable service charges)
Buy: Tickets are now on sale at any Mandalay Bay box office outlet and all Las Vegas Ticketmaster locations (select Smith’s Food and Drug Centers and Ritmo Latino). Ticket sales are limited to eight (8) per person. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Mandalay Bay box office at (702) 632-7580 or Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. Tickets also are available for purchase at www.mandalaybay.com or www.ticketmaster.com.

UFC 143: NICK DIAZ VS. CARLOS CONDIT
Nick Diaz and Carlos “Natural Born Killer” Condit – two of UFC’s top welterweight contenders – will vie for the interim 170-pound title in UFC 143 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center Saturday, Feb. 4. Diaz is riding an 11-fight win streak and is known as a fiery and unpredictable southpaw while Condit is the division’s most fearsome knockout artist. Additional fights scheduled for this event include welterweight bad boy Josh Koscheck vs. Mike Pierce, as well as a pivotal featherweight bout pitting Erik “New Breed” Koch vs. Dustin “The Diamond” Poirier.

Date: Saturday, Feb. 4
Time: Doors open at 2 p.m.
Prices: $750, $500, $350, $225, $125 and $75
Buy: Tickets are now on sale at any Mandalay Bay box office outlet and all Las Vegas Ticketmaster locations (select Smith’s Food and Drug Centers and Ritmo Latino). Ticket sales are limited to eight (8) per person. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. Tickets also are available for purchase at www.mandalaybay.com or www.ticketmaster.com.

MANDALAY BAY

HOUSE OF BLUES
All tickets are subject to additional facility fee and service charges. Some restrictions may apply to select shows. Tickets can be purchased at the House of Blues Box Office, online at www.ticketmaster.com or by phone at (877) 632-7400 or (702) 632-7600. House of Blues offers breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week and opens at 8 a.m. Contact the House of Blues Box Office at (702) 632-7600 for additional information.

January 6 – 11:59 p.m. Steel Panther $20 (Must be 18 years of age)

January 7 – 8:30 p.m. Tesla Twisted Acoustic Tour $30 (Must be 18 years of age)

January 14 – 5:30 p.m. XPOZLV.com Presents: The $12 SUPER SWEET, SICK, and NASTY show

January 19 – 9 p.m. Wu Tang Clan $35 (must be 18 years of age)

January 20 – midnight Steel Panther $20 (Must be 18 years of age)

January 22 – 6 p.m. Anthrax and Testament with $33 (Must be 18 years of age) Death Angel

January 27 – 9 p.m. Kid Rock $110 (Must be 21 years of age)

January 28 – 9 p.m. Kid Rock $110 (Must be 21 years of age)

February 1 – 6:05 p.m. August Burns Red $22 (Must be 18 years of age)

February 3 – 11:59 p.m. Steel Panther $20 (Must be 18 years of age)

February 9 – 6 p.m. Children of Bodom $25 (Must be 18 years of age)

February 10 – 11:59 p.m. Steel Panther $20 (Must be 18 years of age)

February 17 – 9 p.m. The Darkness with Foxy Shazam $25.50 (Must be 18 years of age)

February 20 – 7 p.m. Iced Earth & Symphony X with Warbringer $22 (Must be 18 years of age)

February 25 – 9 p.m. Die Antwoord $28.50 (Must be 18 years of age)

HOUSE OF BLUES – WEEKLY LATE-NIGHT EVENTS

Locals 1.2.3 Program: Attention local concert fans – House of Blues now offers the Locals 1.2.3 Program! By presenting ID at the box office prior to the day of the concert, Nevadans
receive concert tickets with no service fees (valid for select concerts only) and a Local Drink Pass voucher which caps the domestic beer price at $6. Tickets and vouchers must be presented at the door the day of the show to be honored. Additionally, locals receive a 25% discount when dining or shopping at House of Blues.

VIP Service: Coming to Vegas? Party like a rock star at House of Blues with VIP treatment! With VIP service you will receive front-of-line VIP admission, VIP seated area, VIP cocktail waitress and bottle service with mixers. VIP service is available for the late night events. VIP packages start at $200. Call (702) 632-7699 or email lvviprelations@hob.com for more details.

Mondays: Blues Mondays – Featuring live blues music. Free admission. All ages.
Doors at 8 p.m.

Tuesdays: Alternative Tuesdays – Featuring a diverse mixture of music. Free admission.
Doors at 8 p.m.

Wednesdays: Nothing But the Blues – Featuring an evening of live blues music in an up-close, intimate setting inside the popular courtyard in the House of Blues Restaurant. Free admission. All ages. Doors open at 8 p.m.

Thursdays: Acoustic Strip – Vegas promoter and musician Michael Soli brings unsigned bands and solo artists to House of Blues. The night features live, original music not seen or heard anywhere else on The Strip. Free admission. All ages. Doors open at 8 p.m.

Fridays & Saturdays: Live Blues Music – Live bands performing in the Courtyard. The music begins at
9 p.m. Free admission for all ages.

Sundays: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. – The World Famous Gospel Brunch features an All-You-Can-Eat Southern Style Buffet, All-You-Can-Drink Bar and Live Gospel Entertainment.
$37 for adults and $17 for children 12 years of age and under. Praise the Lord and Pass the Biscuits.

Motown, Rhythm and Blues – Ronnie Rose Band entertains the Sunday night crowd beginning at 8 p.m. Free admission for all ages.

NIGHTLIFE

EYECANDY SOUND LOUNGE & BAR™
Located in the center of Mandalay Bay’s casino floor, eyecandy sound lounge & bar features an inviting atmosphere, chic design and plush seating. A contemporary twist on the typical Las Vegas lounge, eyecandy combines revolutionary sound stations, intricate lighting design and a dance floor with an ever-changing landscape to form a one-of-a-kind sensory experience. This setting offers the perfect getaway, just steps from the casino floor.

Dates: Daily
Hours: eyecandy bar: Opens at 11 a.m.
eyecandy sound lounge: Opens at 6 p.m.
Admission: Admission is complimentary. Guests must be 21 years of age or older with a valid ID.
Contact: Call (702) 632-7985 for more information.

miX LOUNGE
Located on the 64th floor of THEhotel at Mandalay Bay, this hot spot is one of the most stylishly hip lounges in the city. The lounge presents stellar cocktail concoctions, an innovative bar menu and a seductive blend of music spun by savvy DJs while surrounded by breathtaking views of The Strip.

Dates: Nightly
Hours: Opens at 5 p.m.
Admission: Cover charges apply pending day and special events. Guests must be 21 years of age or older with a valid ID.
Contact: Call (702) 632-9500 for more information.

FOUNDATION ROOM
Foundation Room Las Vegas provides a breathtaking view of the Las Vegas Strip from high atop Mandalay Bay. Guests will enjoy access to a fine dining restaurant, an exotic lounge, secluded rooms and banquet space.

Dates: Nightly
Hours: Lounge Hours: 5 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Dining Room: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. (members only)
Admission: Cover charges apply pending day and special events. Guests must be 21 years of age or older with a valid ID.
Contact: Call (702) 632-7614 for more information.

LOUNGES

MIZUYA LOUNGE
Live entertainment and dancing nightly.

Act: The Limit
Dates and Times: January 6; 9; 15 – 16; 22 – 23: 10:30 p.m. to 2:30 a.m.

Act: Patty Janura
Dates and Times: January 6; 7; 28; 29: 10:30 p.m. to 2:30 a.m.
January 17; 18; 24; 31: 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Act: Guilty Pleasures
Dates and Times: January 9; 16; 20; 23; 30: 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
January 10; 17; 20: 10:30 p.m. to 2:30 a.m.

Act: The Rebels
Dates and Times: January 10; 13; 20; 27: 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
January 11; 18; 21; 30; 31: 10:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
January 24: 11 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Act: The Definitives
Dates and Times: January 11; 19; 25: 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Act: Phoenix
Dates and Times: January 12 – 14; 25 – 27: 10:30 p.m. to 2:30 a.m.

Act: The Hipsters
Dates and Times: January 12; 26: 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Act: Vegas Superstars
Dates and Times: January 19: 10:30 p.m. to 2:30 a.m.

ORCHID LOUNGE
Live entertainment and dancing are featured Friday and Saturday nights from 10 p.m. – 2 a.m.

Act: TJ Tyler Trio
Dates and Times: January 6 – 7: 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.

THE LOUNGE
Live entertainment and dancing are featured Friday and Saturday nights from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Act: Ali Bros
Dates and Times: January 6 – 7; 27 – 28: 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Act: Mark B
Dates and Times: January 13 – 14: 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Act: Dan Jones
Dates and Times: January 20 – 21: 6 p.m. to 11 a.m.

ATTRACTIONS

SHARK REEF AQUARIUM
Not your typical aquarium, Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay is a total sensory experience designed to transport visitors to an undersea ocean of fantastic sights, sounds and encounters.  See sharks, sawfish, giant rays, green sea turtles, piranha, a rare Komodo Dragon, a Giant Pacific Octopus, a Shark Ray and Golden Crocodiles in North America’s only predator-based aquarium.  There are more than 2,000 animals in 1.6 million gallons of seawater including 15 species of sharks!  Kill an hour or two. 

Dates: Daily
Hours: Sunday – Thursday: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
(last entry is one hour prior to close)
Admission: Adults: $18; Children (5-12 years): $12; Children (4 and under): Free
Annual passes can be purchased and are valid for one year from purchase date;
Adults: $40; Children (5-12 years): $25; Children (4 and under): Free
***Nevada Resident Discount: present valid I.D. at the box office and receive a discounted admission price.
Contact: For more information, call (702) 632-4555 or visit www.mandalaybay.com or www.sharkreef.com.

***Guests can choose three attractions from eight venues at MGM Resorts Las Vegas properties and pay only $54. Tickets can be purchased in person at participating box offices (excluding Circus Circus), or by calling (866) 606-7111.