Radio Awards Nominees Announced for the 52nd ACM Awards

ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC® ANNOUNCES
NOMINEES FOR RADIO AWARDS CATEGORIES FOR THE
 52ND ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS

 

 

 

ENCINO, CA (February 1, 2017) – The Academy of Country Music® announced today the full list of Radio Awards nominees for the 52nd ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS™. The full list of Radio Award nominees will not be televised due to time constraints during the live telecast from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 2, 2017 at 8:00 PM ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network.

 

RADIO AWARDS – The following radio awards will be presented during our ACM Party for a Cause® event at The Joint on Saturday, April 1 in Las Vegas, NV.

 

NATIONAL ON-AIR PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR 

  • Big D, Bubba, Patrick Thomas, Carsen                                     The Big D and Bubba Show
  • Cody Alan                                                                                            CMT After MidNite with Cody Alan
  • Kix Brooks                                                                                           American Country Countdown with Kix Brooks
  • Lon Helton                                                                                          Country Countdown USA
  • Tracy Lawrence                                                                                 Honky Tonkin’ with Tracy Lawrence

 

ON-AIR PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR – MAJOR MARKET

  • Chris & Nina                                                                                       KMLE-FM                            Phoenix, AZ
  • George, Mo & Cowboy Dave                                                      KILT-FM                               Houston, TX
  • Paul Schadt, Meg Butterly, Geof Knight                                                 WKKT-FM                            Charlotte, NC
  • Rob & Linda Show – Rob Stone & Linda Lee                           WYCD-FM                           Southfield, MI
  • Tanner in the Morning                                                                   WSOC-FM                           Charlotte, NC

 

ON-AIR PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR – LARGE MARKET (tie within category increased nominees)

  • Ally & Andy                                                                                         WDSY-FM                            Pittsburgh, PA
  • Big Dave, Chelsie and Statt                                                          WUBE-FM                           Cincinnati, OH
  • Dave O’Brien                                                                                     WLHK-FM                            Indianapolis, IN
  • Jim Denny, Deborah Honeycutt & Kevin Freeman             WFMS-FM                          Indianapolis, IN
  • Marty McFly                                                                                      WSM-FM                             Nashville, TN
  • Q Morning Crew – Mike, Marty and Janie                              WQDR-FM                          Raleigh, NC

 

ON-AIR PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR – MEDIUM MARKET

  • Andy Ritchie, Alison Mencer, Jimmy Holt                              WIVK-FM                            Knoxville, TN
  • Jack Ryan                                                                                             WMYL-FM                           Clinton, TN
  • Scott Wynn & Sarah Kay                                                                                WQMX-FM                         Akron, OH
  • Steve & Geoff                                                                                   KUZZ-FM                             Bakersfield, CA
  • Steve & Gina in the Morning on Kat 103.7                             KXKT-FM                             Omaha, NE

 

ON-AIR PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR – SMALL MARKET

  • Ben Butler and Arnie Andrews                                                   WCOW-FM                         Sparta, WI
  • Brent Lane and Candy Cullerton                                                                WYCT-FM                            Pensacola, FL
  • Jason and Ashley “The Q Crew” on Q100.3                           KRWQ-FM                           Medford, OR
  • Scotty Cox & Cara Denis                                                                                KCLR-FM                              Columbia, MO
  • The Roger & Carly Morning Show                                             KORA-FM                            Bryan, TX

 

RADIO STATION OF THE YEAR – MAJOR MARKET (tie within category increased nominees)

  • KKBQ-FM                            Houston, TX
  • KMLE-FM                            Phoenix, AZ
  • KUPL-FM                             Portland, OR
  • WIL-FM                                                St. Louis, MO
  • WKKT-FM                            Charlotte, NC
  • WSOC-FM                           Charlotte, NC

 

RADIO STATION OF THE YEAR – LARGE MARKET

  • KAJA-FM                             San Antonio, TX
  • WQDR-FM                          Raleigh, NC
  • WSIX-FM                             Nashville, TN
  • WSM-FM                             Nashville, TN
  • WUBE-FM                           Cincinnati, OH

 

RADIO STATION OF THE YEAR – MEDIUM MARKET

  • CKRY-FM                             Calgary, AB
  • KAWO-FM                          Boise, ID
  • KUZZ-FM                             Bakersfield, CA
  • KXKT-FM                             Omaha, NE
  • WIVK-FM                            Knoxville, TN

 

RADIO STATION OF THE YEAR – SMALL MARKET

  • KCLR-FM                              Columbia, MO
  • KKNU-FM                            Eugene, OR
  • KTHK-FM                             Idaho Falls, ID
  • WCOW-FM                         Sparta, WI
  • WXFL-FM                            Florence, AL

 

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!

 

For more information on the ACM Party for a Cause®, visit www.ACMpartyforacause.com, like us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter at @ACMparty for more immediate updates!

 

 

About the Academy of Country Music Awards
The 52nd 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 T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 2, 2017 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. Pete Fisher and Tiffany Moon are executive producers for the Academy of Country Music

FINALISTS ANNOUNCED FOR “2016 AMERICAN COUNTRY COUNTDOWN AWARDS” AIRING LIVE FROM THE FORUM IN LOS ANGELES SUNDAY, MAY 1, ON FOX 

COUNTRY

 

FINALISTS ANNOUNCED FOR “2016 AMERICAN COUNTRY COUNTDOWN AWARDS” 
AIRING LIVE FROM THE FORUM IN LOS ANGELES SUNDAY, MAY 1, ON FOX

LUKE BRYAN LEADS WITH SEVEN CATEGORIES; SAM HUNT GARNERS FIVE;
THOMAS RHETT AND ZAC BROWN BAND EACH EARN FOUR;
AND
FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE RECEIVE THREE

SUPERSTAR AND MULTI-CATEGORY FINALIST
CARRIE UNDERWOOD SET TO PERFORM

 

Finalists for the 2016 AMERICAN COUNTRY COUNTDOWN AWARDS were announced today. Country superstar Luke Bryan dominates the list with seven category nods, followed by newcomer Sam Hunt with five, Thomas Rhett and Zac Brown Band each with four, and Florida Georgia Line with three. Additionally, megastar and multi-category finalist Carrie Underwood has been added as a performer, joining previously announced performers Florida Georgia Line, Thomas Rhett and more. The AMERICAN COUNTRY COUNTDOWN AWARDS are based on country music’s longest-running radio countdown show, “American Country Countdown with Kix Brooks,” which has recognized the best in country radio for more than 40 years. This year’s host and additional performers and presenters will be announced soon.

The 2016 American Country Countdown Awards will air live from the Forum in Los Angeles, CA, Sunday, May 1 (8:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) on FOX. The two-hour event is the first country music awards show to air live from Los Angeles in more than 10 years. Tickets for the AMERICAN COUNTRY COUNTDOWN AWARDS at the Forum are on sale now at www.ticketmaster.com.

Superstar Carrie Underwood emerged from her 2005 AMERICAN IDOL win to become a true multi-format, multi-media artist, spanning achievements in music, television and film. A seven-time Grammy® Award winner, she has amassed more than 100 major honors, sold 58 million records worldwide and recorded 23 No. 1 singles, 13 of which she co-wrote, with a catalog of songs that has been streamed more than 1.5 billion times worldwide. She is a finalist in two categories for the 2016 AMERICAN COUNTRY COUNTDOWN AWARDS: Female Vocalist Of The Year; and Album Of The Year (for “Storyteller”).

In addition to Underwood, A Thousand Horses, Blake Shelton, Cam, Carrie Underwood, Dan + Shay, Jana Kramer, Jason Aldean, Kelsea Ballerini, and Old Dominion each were named finalists in two categories. Brothers Osborne, Chris Janson, Chris Stapleton, Garth Brooks, Karen Fairchild, Kenny Chesney, Little Big Town, Michael Ray, and Miranda Lambert also received nods.

Below are the finalists for the 2016 AMERICAN COUNTRY COUNTDOWN AWARDS:

ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Blake Shelton
Florida Georgia Line
Jason Aldean
Luke Bryan
Sam Hunt

MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
Blake Shelton
Jason Aldean
Luke Bryan
Sam Hunt
Thomas Rhett

FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
Cam
Carrie Underwood
Jana Kramer
Kelsea Ballerini
Miranda Lambert

GROUP/DUO OF THE YEAR
A Thousand Horses
Dan + Shay
Florida Georgia Line
Old Dominion
Zac Brown Band

BREAKTHROUGH MALE OF THE YEAR
Chris Janson
Michael Ray
Sam Hunt

BREAKTHROUGH FEMALE OF THE YEAR
Cam
Jana Kramer
Kelsea Ballerini

BREAKTHROUGH GROUP/DUO OF THE YEAR
A Thousand Horses
Dan + Shay
Old Dominion

SONG OF THE YEAR
“Stay A Little Longer” – Brothers Osborne
“Home Alone Tonight” – Luke Bryan featuring Karen Fairchild
“Strip It Down” – Luke Bryan
“Die A Happy Man” – Thomas Rhett
“Homegrown” – Zac Brown Band

ALBUM OF THE YEAR
“Storyteller” – Carrie Underwood
“Traveller” – Chris Stapleton
“Kill The Lights” – Luke Bryan
“Montevallo” – Sam Hunt
“Jekyll + Hyde” – Zac Brown Band

DIGITAL SONG OF THE YEAR
“Girl Crush” – Little Big Town
“Kick The Dust Up” – Luke Bryan
“Die A Happy Man” – Thomas Rhett

DIGITAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR
“Anything Goes” – Florida Georgia Line
“Montevallo” – Sam Hunt
“Tangled Up” – Thomas Rhett

TOURING ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Garth Brooks
Kenny Chesney
Luke Bryan
Shania Twain
Zac Brown Band

AMERICAN COUNTRY COUNTDOWN AWARDS finalists and winners for all categories are based on radio airplay charts, sales and streaming data from April 1, 2015 to March 28, 2016 provided by BuzzAngle Music. Touring data is from Pollstar “The Concert Hotwire.” The NASH Icon Award is chosen by The American Country Countdown.

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, Programming and Development, dick clark productions), Kix Brooks, Richard Godfrey and Tom Forrest are executive producers.

About AMERICAN COUNTRY COUNTDOWN AWARDS
The AMERICAN COUNTRY COUNTDOWN AWARDS is based on country music’s longest-running radio countdown show (43 years), “American Country Countdown with Kix Brooks,” and honors country music’s biggest stars, based on album sales and radio airplay. Since launching in 1973, the radio show now airs on more than 280 radio stations in 155 markets, covering 90% of the country.

About dick clark productions
dick clark productions (dcp) is the world’s largest producer and proprietor of televised live event entertainment programming, with the “Academy of Country Music Awards,” AMERICAN COUNTRY COUNTDOWN AWARDS, “American Music Awards,” “Billboard Music Awards,” “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest,” “Golden Globe Awards,” “Hollywood Film Awards” and the “Streamy Awards.” Weekly television programming includes SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE, from 19 Entertainment, a division of CORE Media Group and dcp; and “World’s Funniest,” from Jukin Media and dcp. dcp also owns one of the world’s most unique and extensive entertainment archive libraries, with more than 55 years of award-winning shows, historic programs, specials, performances and legendary programming. For additional information, visit www.dickclark.com.

About Cumulus Media 
A leader in the radio broadcasting industry, Cumulus Media (NASDAQ:CMLS) combines high-quality local programming with iconic, nationally syndicated media, sports and entertainment brands to deliver premium content choices to the 245 million people reached each week through its 454 owned-and-operated stations broadcasting in 90 U.S. media markets (including eight of the top 10), more than 8,200 broadcast radio stations affiliated with its Westwood One network and numerous digital channels. Together, the Cumulus/Westwood One platforms make Cumulus Media one of the few media companies that can provide advertisers with national reach and local impact. Cumulus/Westwood One is the exclusive radio broadcast partner to some of the largest brands in sports and entertainment, including the NFL, the NCAA, the Masters, the Olympics, the GRAMMYs, the Country Music Awards, the Billboard Music Awards and Miss America. Additionally, it is the nation’s leading provider of country music and lifestyle content through its NASH brand, which serves country fans nationwide through radio programming, NASH Country Weekly magazine, concerts, licensed products and television/video. For more information, visit www.cumulus.com.

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KENNY CHESNEY TO PERFORM ON FIRST-EVER AMERICAN COUNTRY COUNTDOWN AWARDS

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KENNY CHESNEY TO PERFORM ON FIRST-EVER
AMERICAN COUNTRY COUNTDOWN AWARDS21st Century’s Biggest Country Ticket Seller Gets “Groundbreaker Award”
for Innovation, Excellence and Expanding The Genre,
Presented by Vince Vaughn
Airing Live, Monday, December 15, on FOX

 

Kenny Chesney, the only country artist in Billboard’s Top 10 Touring Acts of the Last 25 Years, will perform on the inaugural AMERICAN COUNTRY COUNTDOWN AWARDS airing live from Nashville’s Music City Center on Monday, December 15 (8:00 – 10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) on FOX. Chesney, deemed “the People’s Superstar” by The Los Angeles Times, will perform his latest single, “Til It’s Gone,” before receiving the Groundbreaker Award for innovation, excellence and expanding the country music genre. The award will be presented by actor/producer/writer Vince Vaughn.

“They told me this award recognizes taking country new places and to a lot of new people,” Chesney said. “The truth is: all I did was sing songs I’d lived – and I knew people like me had lived. Show people their lives as a desirable thing, right where they are, and do a show that says, ‘We’re all here to have the best night of the summer,’ and they’re going to respond. So when I was trying to figure out what to sing, ‘Til It’s Gone’ felt right. It’s a song about being committed to the people you love, no matter what – and that’s how I feel about every single member of the No Shoes Nation.”

“Til It’s Gone” hit Billboard’s Top 5 this week. It follows “American Kids,” his Grammy Award-nominated, two-week No. 1 from “The Big Revival,” up the charts. “The Big Revival” is Chesney’s 13th Billboard Country Album Chart No. 1 debut.

“Connecting with the fans is what drives me,” Chesney explains. “Whatever we give them, they give us back double. That inspires everything we do. When I was cutting ‘Til It’s Gone,’ even though it’s a love song between two people, I always heard it as a song to the No Shoes Nation: ‘One life, one chance, one ticket to the big dance/ You and me, hanging on, right down to the last song…’ What other song would I do for an award that’s as much the fans’ as it is for me and the guys?”

The AMERICAN COUNTRY COUNTDOWN AWARDS “Groundbreaker Award” is given to an artist who has consistently pushed the boundaries of what is possible within the definitions of today’s country music. It recognizes trailblazing in the realm of concerts, musical accomplishment, creative innovation and connecting with fans across the United States. The award will be presented by actor/producer/writer Vince Vaughn.

Kenny Chesney has sold over a million tickets to each of his 11 headlining tours since 2002. An eight-time Entertainer of the Year, with four consecutive Academy of Country Music and four Country Music Association Awards, the man The Wall Street Journal crowned “The King of the Road” has also won the American Music Award’s Favorite Artist, the ACM’s Top Male Vocalist and Single of the Year (“The Good Stuff”) and the CMA’s Album of the Year (the sextuple-platinum “When The Sun Goes Down”), Video and Vocal Event Awards. With over 30 million albums sold – 7 debuting at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top 200 Albums and 13 topping Billboard’s Country Album chart, his “The Big Revival” has spawned the multiple week No. 1 “American Kids,” certified Platinum, and the Top 5 and climbing “Til It’s Gone.”

AMERICAN COUNTRY COUNTDOWN AWARDS is based on country music’s longest-running radio countdown show, “American Country Countdown with Kix Brooks,” and will honor country outstanding artists based on album sales and radio airplay. In addition to Chesney, country music stars Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Brett Eldredge, Florida Georgia Line, Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood, along with multi-platinum superstar Kelly Clarkson, are set to perform. Also, multimedia entertainer Reba will receive the first-ever NASH Icon Award, presented by Kix Brooks, which celebrates an iconic artist whose extraordinary talent has influenced generations of musicians and who has made a profound and lasting impact on country music. Kelly Clarkson and Miranda Lambert will join together to honor Reba with a special tribute performance.

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.

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.

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.

 

kenny chesney

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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

reba

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.

FOX’S “AMERICAN COUNTRY COUNTDOWN AWARDS” ANNOUNCE ADDITIONAL PERFORMERS- AIRING LIVE DECEMBER 15

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JASON ALDEAN, ERIC CHURCH, CARRIE UNDERWOOD AND BRETT ELDREDGE TO PERFORM ON
“AMERICAN COUNTRY COUNTDOWN AWARDS”
LIVE MONDAY, DECEMBER 15, ON FOX
LIVE EVENT BRINGS COUNTRY MUSIC’S LONGEST-RUNNING
RADIO COUNTDOWN SHOW, “AMERICAN COUNTRY
COUNTDOWN WITH KIX BROOKS,” TO TELEVISION

Country music heavyweights Jason Aldean, Eric Church and Carrie Underwood, along with country’s newest star Brett Eldredge, will join previously announced performers Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line and Miranda Lambert on the inaugural AMERICAN COUNTRY COUNTDOWN AWARDS, airing LIVE from Nashville’s Music City Center on Monday, Dec.15 (8:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) on FOX.  Additionally, this star-studded group of performers are all finalists on the AMERICAN COUNTRY COUNTDOWN AWARDS, including Aldean, with four nods; Eldredge, with two; and Underwood and Church, with one each.

Hosted by Florida Georgia Line’s Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard, AMERICAN COUNTRY COUNTDOWN AWARDS is based on country music’s longest-running radio countdown show, “American Country Countdown with Kix Brooks,” and will honor country music’s biggest stars based on album sales and radio airplay. Presenters to be announced soon. Tickets to the event are on sale at TheACCAwards.com/tickets.

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.

The Breakthrough Artist of the Year category, presented by Samsung GALAXY®, is the only fan-voted category. Fan voting begins on Nov. 24 and continues through Dec. 10. Fans can vote for their favorite Breakthrough finalist by including the following in a tweet: the artist’s Twitter handle, “Breakthrough Artist” and the hashtag #ACCAwards.

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.

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.

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ACM LIFTING LIVES® & VANDERBILT KENNEDY CENTER CELEBRATE 10th ANNIVERSARY ACM LIFTING LIVES MUSIC CAMP TO TAKE PLACE THIS SUMMER IN NASHVILLE, TN

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ACM LIFTING LIVES® & VANDERBILT KENNEDY CENTER CELEBRATE

10th ANNIVERSARY ACM LIFTING LIVES MUSIC CAMP

TO TAKE PLACE THIS SUMMER IN NASHVILLE, TN

 

10th Anniversary Music Camp Coincides with the 5th Year that ACM Lifting Lives

Underwrites All Costs in Support of Helping Individuals with Williams Syndrome

 

Country Superstars The Band Perry, Lee Brice, Brett Eldredge, JT Hodges, Casey James, Chris Janson,

The Swon Brothers, Wynonna and Producer Ross Copperman to Volunteer Time

ACM Lifting Lives® and the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities will partner again for the 5th Annual ACM Lifting Lives Music Camp, June 23-June 27, 2014, in Nashville, TN.  This year marks the 10th anniversary of Vanderbilt Kennedy Center’s Music Camp and the 5th year that ACM Lifting Lives has been involved.  Country music artists The Band Perry, Lee Brice, Brett Eldredge, JT Hodges, Casey James, Chris Janson, The Swon Brothers, Wynonna and producer Ross Copperman have graciously agreed to volunteer their time with the campers at various points throughout the week.

The Camp, a week-long residential program open to individuals with Williams syndrome, talented in music from around the nation, has a dual purpose of studying Williams syndrome while providing music enrichment through performance and education. ACM Lifting Lives funds the costs of the Camp in addition to providing scholarships to several campers, enabling the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center to advance its mission of improving the lives of individuals with developmental disabilities and their families through research, training and service.

Campers will participate in a songwriting workshop and recording session, along with other music-oriented activities, culminating in a live performance on the world famous Grand Ole Opry.

Throughout the week, campers gain invaluable experience through visits from top-tier country music veterans. Prior camps have featured artist visits from Lauren Alaina, Gary Allan, Kix Brooks, Luke Bryan, Brett Eldredge, Julianne Hough, Jana Kramer, Lance Miller, Eddie Montgomery, David Lee Murphy, Jerrod Niemann, Jake Owen, LeAnn Rimes, Darius Rucker, Carrie Underwood, Paul Worley, Wynonna, Big & Rich, Little Big Town,

Love and Theft and more. This year’s camp artist/VIP visits include:

Monday, June 23rd

9:00am-11:30am                       Songwriting Workshop with The Band Perry

Tuesday, June 24th

5:00pm-7:30pm                        Wildhorse Saloon with The Swon Brothers

Wednesday, June 25th

9:00am-11:30am                       Studio Day with Lee Brice and producer Ross Copperman

5:30pm-7:30pm                        Dinner & Karaoke with Brett Eldredge and Wynonna

Thursday, June 26th                

1:45pm-3:00pm                        Bluebird Café with Casey James

5:00pm-7:30pm                        Dinner and Meet & Greet with JT Hodges

Friday, June 27th

7:00pm-9:00pm                        LIVE Performance with Chris Janson on the Grand Ole Opry.  Tickets for Friday evening’s performance are available now at www.opry.com.

 

To learn more about ACM Lifting Lives Music Camp or to receive notifications about admission for 2015, please visit http://vkc.mc.vanderbilt.edu/vkc/services/acm_music_camp/.

About ACM Lifting Lives

ACM Lifting Lives® is the philanthropic arm of the Academy of Country Music dedicated to improving lives through the power of music.  Through partnerships with artists and strong ties in the music industry, ACM Lifting Lives develops and funds music-related therapy and education programs, and serves members of the community who face unexpected hardships through its Diane Holcomb Emergency Relief Fund. Through generous donations and the support of artists and fans, ACM Lifting Lives is able to fund everything from disaster relief and helping communities in need, to music education in schools and music camps for those with disabilities, to supporting programs that use music therapy as a means to help our veterans and wounded warriors, while providing grants to help them ease back into life. For more information, please visit www.ACMLiftingLives.org.

About Williams syndrome

Williams syndrome is a rare genetic condition (estimated to occur in 1/7,500 births) that causes medical and developmental problems. It is associated with an unusual pattern of strengths and weaknesses in linguistic and cognitive profiles, as well as intellectual disability.

First-Ever AMERICAN COUNTRY COUNTDOWN AWARDS to Air Live Monday, Dec. 15, on FOX!

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FIRST-EVER “AMERICAN COUNTRY COUNTDOWN AWARDS” TO AIR
LIVE MONDAY, DECEMBER 15, ON FOXFOX, CUMULUS AND DICK CLARK PRODUCTIONS
TEAM UP FOR INAUGURAL BROADCAST OF ICONIC RADIO COUNTDOWN SHOW

 

FOX, Cumulus and dick clark productions announced today the television debut of the AMERICAN COUNTRY COUNTDOWN AWARDS, bringing country music’s longest-running radio countdown show to a national television audience for the first time. The two-hour live concert event will broadcast from Nashville on Monday, Dec. 15 (8:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) on FOX, and will honor the year’s best country music with awards, thrilling performances, special moments and additional surprises. Country music’s biggest stars will participate in the show and also pay tribute to the first-ever “NASH Icons” award winner.

“American Country Countdown with Kix Brooks” celebrates its 41st year as America’s longest-running country music countdown show on radio. Since launching in 1973, the radio show now airs on more than 280 radio stations in 155 markets, covering 90% of the country.

“Fans of the ‘American Country Countdown’ are some of the most loyal and passionate fans around, so it’s a natural next step to bring that popular brand to television,” said Simon Andreae, Executive Vice President of Alternative Entertainment for FOX. “FOX has a long history of big, bold music events, and we can’t wait to bring down the house in Nashville this December with some of the most popular names in country music.”

“Expanding our NASH brand and the audience for our iconic ‘American Country Countdown’ franchise to a national TV audience is an exciting example of how we’re committed to serving the needs of America’s rapidly growing passion for country music,” said John Dickey, Executive Vice President and Co-Chief Operating Officer of Cumulus. “We’re also grateful to our partners, dick clark productions and FOX, for making this possible.”

“The ‘American Country Countdown’ radio show is one of the most respected brands in country music, highlighting the most successful stars on country radio,” said Mike Mahan, President of dick clark productions. “Through our broadcast partnership with FOX and Cumulus, we are able to create an innovative and new television format honoring superstars and spectacular emerging talent that fuel American country radio.”

kix brooks 1ABOUT 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 25 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, which will serve country fans through radio programming, NASH magazine, concerts, licensed products and television/video. For more information, visit www.cumulus.com.

ABOUT DICK CLARK PRODUCTIONS 
dick clark productions (dcp) is the world’s largest producer and proprietor of televised events.  dcp produces perennial hits such as the “American Music Awards,” “Golden Globe Awards,” “Academy of Country Music Awards,” “Hollywood Film Awards,” “Billboard Music Awards,” and “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest.”  dcp also produces popular weekly television programming, including “So You Think You Can Dance,” and 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.  In 2014, dcp will debut “The PEOPLE MAGAZINE Awards” on NBC and joint venture Keshet DCP will premiere the weekly television series “Rising Star” on ABC.   For additional information, visit www.dickclark.com.

Photos: “Ring of Fire” with Jewel / 4.5.13

On  April 5th packed audience at The Orleans Showroom in The Orleans Hotel and Casino, Jewel entertained the crowd with an acoustic set and a Q&A that included a sneak peek of scenes from the Lifetime Original Movie “Ring of Fire, in which she stars as June Carter Cash.  As part of THE ACM EXPERIENCE, the evening was moderated by CMT Radio Live’s Cody Alan, with Reba, Kelly Clarkson and Kix Brooks watching from the audience.  Jewel talked about the influences that June Carter Cash and Johnny Cash had on country music and how she prepared for the role while balancing being a new mom (her first project after having a baby). Contrary to initial fan belief, Jewel did not straighten her teeth in order to transform into June, but she did wear dentures so viewers wouldn’t be distracted by her trademark “snaggletooth.” “I was smiling like a beauty queen in the mirror because I had never seen myself with straight teeth!”  John Carter Cash joined her for a performance of “Storms Are On The Ocean,” and talked about how he “felt the spirit of his mom in the room” and the immediate calm he felt upon hearing Jewel would be playing the role.  In addition to singing “Wildflower,” Jewel performed “My Father’s Daughter,” which was prefaced with humorous tales about performing with her father at an early age – “I was the only 4th grader who went straight from school to the bar.”  She brought the house down at the end of the night by singing “Ring of Fire” and yodeling an old folk song from her childhood.

“Ring of Fire” will make its world premiere on Lifetime on Monday, May 27 at 8:00pm ET/PT.

 

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Photo Credit – Charley Gallay

Photos: ACM Party for a Cause Festival / 4.6.13

Yesterday, the ACM Party for a Cause Festival, hosted by Kix Brooks, was a full day of show-stopping performances and a dedication to the military in the East Parking Lot of the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas.  The outdoor music festival, which was part of THE ACM EXPERIENCE, was headlined by Dierks Bentley, with performances by Lee Brice, Kix Brooks, Hunter Hayes, Dustin Lynch, Eli Young Band and Love and Theft, and included surprise guests Sheryl Crow and Tim McGraw

Lee Brice, who is getting married in 2 weeks and “cannot wait for that honeymoon,” performed “Ring in My Pocket,” and ended his set fittingly on “Parking Lot Party.”  Hunter Hayes sang a country music-inflected version of Stevie Wonder’s “Superstition,” and Eli Young Band thrilled fans by tossing out guitar picks, sweaty towels and drums sticks after their set. Angie Johnson, who was a contestant on Season Two of “The Voice,” and is also a military veteran, belted out the National Anthem with the honor guard in the background.

Kix then introduced Willie, Jep, Korie and Jessica Robertson from A&E’s “Ducky Dynasty” to greet fans before bringing out Academy of Country Music CEO Bob Romeo, along with the ACM Lifting Lives® team, to present a $10,000 check to Nellis Air Force Base Force Support Squadron, $25,000 to Wounded Warrior Project® and $25,000 to Folds of Honor.

Dierks Bentley was all about the fans during his headlining performance. Not only did he bring an overjoyed fan up on stage to “play guitar,” but he proceeded to hop off the stage and greet fans and also hand out a signed guitar to a very lucky girl at the end of the concert.  The surprises and fun continued when Sheryl Crow came out to perform a song with him, as well as her hit song “If It Makes You Happy.”  While Dierks started singing “Home,” Tim McGraw appeared to introduce the crowd to Army Sgt. Mathew Pickar and his wife, who received a brand new home through Operation Homefront. He then proceeded to shock them by awarding an additional $10,000 to get them started in their new home.

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

 

The Band Perry & Dierks Bentley Headline ACM Party for a Cause Festival next Fri & Sat!

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THE BAND PERRY AND DIERKS BENTLEY HEADLINE ACM PARTY FOR A CAUSE FESTIVAL,
HOSTED BY OUTNUMBER HUNGER ON APRIL 5TH & KIX BROOKS ON APRIL 6TH
OUTSIDE AT THE ORLEANS HOTEL AND CASINO ARENA IN LAS VEGAS

Event will feature performances by Greg Bates, Lee Brice, Kix Brooks,
Brantley Gilbert, Hunter Hayes, Dustin Lynch, Justin Moore, Cassadee Pope,
Eli Young Band, Florida Georgia Line & Love and Theft

Tickets Available Now Through The Orleans Arena Box Office at 888-234-2334

WHAT: ACM Party for a Cause Festival is a 2-day outdoor music festival taking place in the East Parking Lot of the Orleans Arena, featuring performances by country’s top hit makers and some of this year’s ACM Award nominees, all in the name of raising awareness and funds for a variety of charities. Donations on behalf of Big Machine Label Group, General Mills and ACM Lifting Lives® will be made to the charities represented during this celebratory weekend for fans. Friday’s line-up will be sponsored by Outnumber Hunger, an initiative from General Mills, Big Machine Label Group and Feeding America. Saturday will be hosted by Kix Brooks and will include a presentation of charitable donations to the military-inspired non-profit organizations Wounded Warrior Project®, Folds of Honor and Nellis Air Force Base Force Support Squadron. Angie Johnson, who appeared on Season 2 of “The Voice,” will be performing the National Anthem on both nights.

WHO: Scheduled to appear on Friday, April 5th is headliner The Band Perry, along with performers Greg Bates, Brantley Gilbert, Justin Moore, Cassadee Pope and Florida Georgia Line.  Scheduled for Saturday, April 6th is headliner Dierks Bentley, along with performers Lee Brice, Kix Brooks, Hunter Hayes, Dustin Lynch, Eli Young Band and Love and Theft.

WHEN:                 Friday, April 5, 2013
3:00pm                 Greg Bates
3:50pm                 Cassadee Pope
4:40pm                 Florida Georgia Line (New Vocal Duo or Group of the Year & Nominee for Vocal Duo of the Year and New Artist of the Year Presented by Kohl’s)
5:55pm                 Justin Moore
6:00pm                 Red Carpet Interviews with Participating Artists until 7:00pm
7:10pm                 Brantley Gilbert (New Male Vocalist of the Year & Nominee for New Artist of the Year Presented by Kohl’s)
8:25pm                The Band Perry (Vocal Group of the Year Nominee)

Saturday, April 6, 2013
12:00pm               Dustin Lynch
1:05pm                 Love and Theft (Vocal Duo of the Year & New Vocal Duo or Group of the Year Nominee)
2:10pm                 Kix Brooks (National On-Air Personality of the Year Nominee)
3:15pm                 Lee Brice (New Male Vocalist of the Year & Song of the Year Nominee)
4:00pm                 Intermission
4:45pm                 Hunter Hayes (New Male Vocalist of the Year, Single Record of the Year, Song of the Year & Video of the Year Nominee)
6:15pm                 Eli Young Band (Vocal Group of the Year, Single Record of the Year & Song of the Year Nominee)
7:45pm                 Dierks Bentley                  

WHERE:East Parking Lot at the Orleans Arena
4500 W. Tropicana Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89103

ABOUT: The festival is part of THE ACM EXPERIENCE, a free open-to-the-public country music lifestyle event created for fans by the Academy of Country Music. The fan-focused, three-day event, held April 5-7, 2013 at The Orleans Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, includes the ACM EXPO presented by Roper, ACM & Cabela’s Great Outdoor Archery Event, Ram Ride and Drive, Cooper Tire Stage, Kraft Country Kitchen and more. The events will culminate in the 3rd Annual ACM Fan Jam, a ticketed event headlined by Brad Paisley, on Sunday, April 7, 2013.

To purchase tickets for Party for a Cause, please visit www.theacmexperience.com or call the Orleans Arena Box Office at 888-234-2334. For updates on THE ACM EXPERIENCE, the ACM Awards and all Academy events, 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. 

Schedule/hours for The ACM Experience are Friday, April 5, 2013 – 10:00am – 10:00pm, Saturday, April 6, 2013 – 10:00am – 10:00pm and Sunday, April 7, 2013 – 10:00am – 4:00pm.

 

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Academy of Country Music Announces Brand Partnerships for 2nd Annual ACM Experience

THE ACM EXPERIENCE

THE ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC ANNOUNCES BRAND PARTNERSHIPS
WITH CABELA’S, DR PEPPER, KRAFT, RAM TRUCKS & MORE
TO ENRICH FAN PARTICIPATION AT

THE 2nd ANNUAL ACM EXPERIENCE, A 3-DAY, FREE-TO-THE-PUBLIC EVENT FOR FANS
AT THE ORLEANS HOTEL AND CASINO, APRIL 5-7, 2013

ADDITIONAL ACTIVITIES & VENDORS ADDED TO
THE ACM EXPO PRESENTED BY ROPER,
THE ULTIMATE COUNTRY SHOPPING & MARKETPLACE EVENT
AT THE ACM EXPERIENCE

LUKE BRYAN TO HOST ACM & CABELA’S GREAT OUTDOORS ARCHERY EVENT
RAM TRUCKS RETURNS WITH FAN-FAVORITE “RAM RIDE AND DRIVE” ANCHOR SPONSORSHIP
DIET DR PEPPER RED CARPET EXPERIENCE GIVES FANS TIME IN THE SPOTLIGHT
KRAFT COUNTRY KITCHEN SERVES UP FOOD & FUN

 

The Academy of Country Music announced today four high-profile brand partnerships with Cabela’s, Dr Pepper, Kraft and RAM Trucks that will enhance fan participation and attendance at the free, open-to-the-public ACM EXPERIENCE, a family-friendly country music lifestyle event held April 5-7, 2013 at The Orleans Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

“We’re excited that some of America’s most well-known brands have partnered with the ACM to create engaging and unique experiences for fans,” said Teresa George, Senior Vice President, Brand Integration and Strategic Partnerships for the Academy of Country Music.

ACM & Cabela’s Great Outdoors Archery Event
Luke Bryan, co-host of the 48th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards, will host the ACM & Cabela’s Great Outdoors Archery Event at THE ACM EXPERIENCE, a unique event from 10:00am-11:30am PT on Saturday, April 6th that will bring 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, Justin Moore, Jon Pardi and Thomas Rhett and A&E’s “Duck Dynasty” stars Willie Robertson and Jep Robertson will test their skills and knowledge on bow hunting, using Cabela’s state-of-the-art archery equipment. A special “Fan Zone” will allow the public to be close to the action and also to test their bow hunting skills with Cabela’s Pro Staff from noon-2:00pm PT. The Fan Zone is free and open-to-the-public and is located at THE ACM EXPERIENCE in the East Parking Lot of The Orleans Hotel and Casino.

Diet Dr Pepper Red Carpet Experience
Fans can sample the One of a Kind taste of Dr Pepper, Dr Pepper TEN and Diet Dr Pepper and get their time in the spotlight at the Diet Dr Pepper Red Carpet Experience, a special photo area duplicating the red carpet arrivals line at the Academy of Country Music Awards. Country music artists Craig Campbell and Thomas Rhett will be featured guests at the Diet Dr Pepper Red Carpet Experience where they will sign autographs and take photos with fans.

 

Kraft Country Kitchen
You don’t want to miss the delicious food trucks and vendors at the Kraft Country Kitchen, complete with over 13 food vendors, relaxing backyard picnic area, and of course, the world-famous Oscar Mayer Weinermobile.

 

RAM Ride and Drive Arena
Fans attending THE ACM EXPERIENCE will have the opportunity to “ride country” on a free, 25,000-square-foot interactive Ram Ride and Drive test track. The one-of-a-kind Ram outdoor course pairs riders with professional drivers so fans can experience firsthand the performance, capabilities and competitive advantages of Ram 1500 pickup trucks, the 2013 Motor Trend Truck of the Year. The Ram Ride and Drive is comprised of several obstacles, including a thrilling 13-foot climb where passengers experience the traction capabilities of a Ram pickup truck when driving over a 30-degree angle Ram Mountain. Fans attending the Ram experience will also see one of the most feared opponents on the monster truck racing circuit, the RAMINATOR. Weighing in at an incredible 10,300 pounds, the Ram-sponsored race truck is powered by a 2,000 horsepower HEMI engine and stands 10 feet tall and 13 feet wide. At select times during the Ram experience, the RAMINATOR will fire up and perform, smashing rows of junk cars. Country fans will be able to take a ride in the RAMINATOR ride truck and have autographs signed and photos taken with championship driver Mark Hall in the Ram Ride and Drive arena. Easton Corbin and Thompson Square will be signing autographs in the Ram Ride and Drive arena during the weekend as well.

“The Ram Truck track will be engaging and memorable for riders as they experience the refined interior, capabilities and handling of the award-winning 2013 Ram 1500,” said Fred Diaz, President and CEO – Ram Truck Brand, Chrysler Group LLC. “Ram Truck fans and country music fans are one and the same, as they are cut from the same cloth. Last year’s inaugural ACM EXPERIENCE event at the Academy of Country Music Awards was a big hit and we are excited to be back again to give our mutual fans the opportunity to ride and drive the most innovative lineup of full-size pickup trucks on the market.”

 

ACM EXPO Presented by Roper
Part of the free, open-to-all ACM Experience is the ultimate country marketplace, the ACM EXPO Presented by Roper, which will encompass more than 200,000 square feet of shopping, interactive booths, gaming, dining and more. Unique vendors from all over the nation will offer a variety of apparel and accessories including customized jewelry, western wear, original art, homemade crafts and much more.

Additional events and activities at the ACM EXPO Presented by Roper, include:

  • Exclusive Genetics Bucking Bull Arena where fans can come see the future bull stars of tomorrow compete as yearling bulls in the EG Bucking Bull Champion’s Tour for over $25,000 in prize money.
  • Coors Light Beer Garden where attendees can take a photo with the Coors Light “Official Beer of NASCAR” show car and relax with a cold one while watching many of the big screen TVs.
  • ACM and ACM Lifting Lives® booth will offer a chance to win tickets to attend the ACM Awards on Sunday! Also, check out the ACM trophies up close, see what’s new at the ACM, purchase merchandise, become a member of the ACM A-list and win prizes.
  • CMT booth which brings “Dog and Beth: On the Hunt” to Las Vegas for fans to get a chance to meet America’s favorite bounty hunting team, get photos with friends and join the Dog Pack for access to exclusive extras and a chance to win awesome prizes.
  • Great American Country (GAC) booth where guests can win a Kenny Chesney-signed guitar, get a sneak peek at GAC’s newest season of the hit show “Farm Kings,” highlights from ACM Red Carpet broadcasts and more. Get a custom photo with GAC show hosts that can be shared from your smart phone. Additionally, meet GAC personalities Suzanne Alexander, Storme Warren and Nan Kelly, who will be at the booth throughout the event to take photos and sign autographs.
  • The Roper Booth will feature appearances and autograph signings by Cowboy Troy, Dustin Lynch and Joe Nichols.
  • The Kid Zone features activities, jump houses, obstacle courses and an Extreme Bungee Jump.

 

THE ACM EXPERIENCE and ACM EXPO hours of operation at The Orleans Hotel and Casino are:

  • Friday, April 5th – 10am – 10pm PST
  • Saturday, April 6th – 10am – 10pm PST
  • Sunday,  April 7th – 10am – 4pm PST

 

For updates on all THE ACM EXPERIENCE activities, and times for autograph signings, please visit www.theacmexperience.com

 

About THE ACM EXPERIENCE:
THE ACM EXPERIENCE is a free, open-to-the public country music lifestyle event created for fans by the Academy of Country Music. The fan-focused, three-day event, held April 5-7, 2013 at The Orleans Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, includes the ACM EXPO presented by Roper, ACM & Cabela’s Great Outdoor Archery Event, Ram Ride and Drive, Cooper Tire Stage, Kraft Country Kitchen, the ticketed ACM Party for a Cause Festival and more. The events will culminate in the 3rd Annual ACM Fan Jam and Post-Awards Concert, a ticketed event headlined by Brad Paisley, on Sunday, April 7, 2013. For updates on The ACM Experience, the ACM Awards and all Academy events, 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.

 

 

The Band Perry & Dierks Bentley to Headline ACM Party For A Cause Festival

ACM Party for a cause

THE BAND PERRY AND DIERKS BENTLEY TO HEADLINE
ACM PARTY FOR A CAUSE FESTIVAL
A 2-DAY OUTDOOR MUSIC FESTIVAL WITH AN EMPHASIS ON PHILANTHROPY

WILL BE HOSTED BY OUTNUMBER HUNGER ON APRIL 5TH & KIX BROOKS ON APRIL 6TH
AT THE ORLEANS ARENA IN LAS VEGAS

Event will feature performances by Greg Bates, Lee Brice, Kix Brooks, Brantley Gilbert,
Hunter Hayes, Dustin Lynch, Justin Moore, Cassadee Pope, Eli Young Band, Florida Georgia Line &
Love and Theft

Tickets Available Now Through The Orleans Hotel and Casino at 800-675-3267

The Academy of Country Music announces the addition of ACM Party for a Cause Festival,  a 2-day outdoor music festival during The Week Vegas Goes Country® leading up to the 48th ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS on April 7, 2013.  The ACM Party for a Cause Festival features a line-up of performances by country’s top hit makers and some of this year’s ACM Award nominees, all in the name of raising awareness and funds for a variety of charities.   Donations on behalf of Big Machine Label Group, General Mills and ACM Lifting Lives® will be made to the charities represented during this celebratory weekend for fans.

Friday’s line-up will be sponsored by Outnumber Hunger, an initiative from General Mills, Big Machine Label Group and Feeding America.  In its second year, Outnumber Hunger is a program that helps fight hunger in local communities by helping Feeding America secure meals for its network of local food banks.  Concert attendees will have the opportunity to help secure meals for Feed America through special on-site activities.  Saturday will be hosted by Kix Brooks and will include a presentation of charitable donations to the military-inspired non-profit organizations Wounded Warrior Project®, Folds of Honor and Nellis Air Force Base Youth Education Programs.

Scheduled to appear on Friday, April 5th is headliner The Band Perry, along with performers Greg Bates, Brantley Gilbert, Justin Moore, Cassadee Pope and Florida Georgia Line.  Scheduled for Saturday, April 6th is headliner Dierks Bentley, along with performers Lee Brice, Kix Brooks, Hunter Hayes, Dustin Lynch, Eli Young Band and Love and Theft.  The full schedule for THE ACM EXPERIENCE and tickets for Party for a Cause, as well as room and ticket packages, are available HERE through The Orleans Hotel and Casino or by calling 800-675-3267.

“Party for a Cause Festival is adding another layer to THE ACM EXPERIENCE for fans to celebrate country music, as well as learn more about these very deserving organizations.  The Academy has a long history of supporting charitable causes, and we’re honored to be partnering with Big Machine Label Group and these talented artists for such a worthy endeavor,” said Bob Romeo, CEO of The Academy of Country Music.

Friday, April 5, 2013
3:00pm                 Greg Bates
3:50pm                 Cassadee Pope
4:40pm                 Florida Georgia Line (New Vocal Duo or Group of the Year & nominee for Vocal Duo of the Year and New Artist of the Year Presented by Kohl’s)
5:55pm                 Justin Moore
7:10pm                 Brantley Gilbert (New Male Vocalist of the Year & nominee for New Artist of the Year Presented   by Kohl’s)
8:25pm                 The Band Perry (Vocal Group of the Year Nominee)

Saturday, April 6, 2013
12:00pm               Dustin Lynch
1:05pm                 Love and Theft (Vocal Duo of the Year & New Vocal Duo or Group of the Year Nominee)
2:10pm                 Kix Brooks (National On-Air Personality of the Year Nominee)
3:15pm                 Lee Brice (New Male Vocalist of the Year & Song of the Year Nominee)
4:45pm                 Hunter Hayes (New Male Vocalist of the Year, Single Record of the Year, Song of the Year & Video of the Year Nominee)
6:15pm                 Eli Young Band (Vocal Group of the Year, Single Record of the Year & Song of the Year Nominee)
7:45pm                 Dierks Bentley

 

The festival is part of THE ACM EXPERIENCE, a family-friendly country music lifestyle event including the free-to-the-public ACM EXPO, the ACM Party for a Cause Festival and much more, to be held April 5-April 7, 2013 at The Orleans Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.  The events will culminate in the already-announced ACM Fan Jam, a ticketed event headlined by Brad Paisley, on Sunday, April 7, 2013.

THE ACM EXPERIENCE will take place in conjunction with The Week Vegas Goes Country®, that includes the main event, the 48th ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS, honoring country music’s top talent and the industry’s hottest emerging talent, to be broadcast LIVE from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 7, 2013 at 8:00 PM live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network.

Schedule/hours for The ACM Experience are:
Friday, April 5, 2013                         10AM – 10PM
Saturday, April 6, 2013                   10AM – 10PM
Sunday, April 7, 2013                      10AM – 4PM

For updates on The ACM Experience, the ACM Awards and all Academy events, 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 ACM Lifting Lives
ACM Lifting Lives® is the philanthropic arm of the Academy of Country Music dedicated to improving lives through the power of music.  Each year, ACM Lifting Lives provides grants to music therapy and music education programs.  Other giving includes serving members of the country music community who face unexpected medical or financial hardship through the Diane Holcomb Emergency Relief Fund and partnering with artists to improve lives through music.  For more information, please visit www.ACMLiftingLives.org.

About Outnumber Hunger
Approximately one in six Americans (16.1%) struggles with hunger.This issue often affects hardworking families who face tough decisions about whether to pay bills or pay for food.  In response to this alarming issue, General Mills, Big Machine Label Group (The Band Perry, Brantley Gilbert) and Feeding America have joined forces to Outnumber Hunger. Outnumber Hunger allows people to help make a difference in the fight against hunger in their own communities. The program will help Feeding America secure millions of meals for local food banks throughout the country.  Visit www.OutnumberHunger.com for more details.

the band perry

ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC ANNOUNCES 2-NIGHT OUTDOOR MUSIC FESTIVAL HEADLINED BY DIERKS BENTLEY AND THE BAND PERRY

THE ACM EXPERIENCE

FEATURING KIX BROOKS, ELI YOUNG BAND, FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE, BRANTLEY GILBERT, HUNTER HAYES, JUSTIN MOORE& MORE TO BE ANNOUNCED

APRIL 5-6, 2013 AT THE ORLEANS ARENA IN LAS VEGAS

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THE ACM EXPERIENCE, 3-DAY, OPEN-TO-THE-PUBLIC EVENT FOR FANS

RETURNS TO THE ORLEANS HOTEL AND CASINO

APRIL 5-7, 2013 AS PART OF

THE WEEK VEGAS GOES COUNTRY®

The Academy of Country Music is announcing the addition of a 2-night outdoor music festival as part of the THE ACM EXPERIENCE, the country music lifestyle event created for fans during The Week Vegas Goes Country®.  The ACM Experience is a fan-focused three-day event including the ACM EXPO, outdoor music festival and much more, to be held April 5-April 7, 2013 at The Orleans Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.  The events will culminate in the already-announced ACM Fan Jam, a ticketed event headlined by Brad Paisley, on Sunday, April 7, 2013.

New this year to THE ACM EXPERIENCE is a two-day ticketed outdoor music festival featuring country’s top hit makers.  Scheduled to appear on Friday, April 5th is headliner The Band Perry along with performers Florida Georgia Line, Brantley Gilbert, Justin Moore, and more to be announced.  Scheduled for Saturday, April 6th is headliner Dierks Bentley along with performers Kix Brooks, Eli Young Band, Hunter Hayes and more to be announced.  Ticket packages are now available HERE through The Orleans Hotel and Casino or by calling 800-675-3267.

THE ACM EXPERIENCE will take place in conjunction with The Week Vegas Goes Country, that includes the main event, the 48th ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS, honoring country music’s top talent and the industry’s hottest emerging talent, to be broadcast LIVE from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 7, 2013 at 8:00 PM live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network.

Taking over the entire property of The Orleans Hotel and Casino, The ACM Experience will be dedicated to immersing fans in the country music lifestyle, allowing enthusiasts to “Shop Country, Taste Country and Hear Country” throughout the weekend.

“With an array of concerts, shopping and other unique events, THE ACM EXPERIENCE will be a must-see destination for the tens of thousands of country music fans visiting Las Vegas during the Awards weekend,” said Tony Taeubel, Vice President and General Manager of The Orleans Hotel and Casino.  “We look forward to working with the Academy of Country Music to host an unforgettable experience for country music’s greatest stars and fans this April.”

For the ultimate country shopping and marketplace experience, the free, open-to-the-public ACM EXPO will be located just outside the Orleans Arena.  As part of The ACM Experience, the marketplace at ACM EXPO will allow fans to “shop country” with more than 150 unique country lifestyle vendors from all over the United States with products such as customized jewelry, western wear, original art, homemade crafts and more.  Fans can “taste country” at the new food area featuring local food trucks and national food vendors with a great backyard patio experience.

New to the ACM EXPO this year is the Exclusive Genetics Bucking Bull Arena where fans can come see the future Bull stars of tomorrow compete as yearling bulls. The ACM EXPO also includes the Cooper Tire Stage performance area featuring some of the brightest rising stars in country music and other entertainment to be announced.  Other indoor performance areas include Bourbon Street Lounge, Brendan’s, Big Al’s Comedy Club and the Orleans Showroom; all of which will have performances scheduled throughout the three-day experience.  The ACM EXPO will also include interactive areas complete with games and autograph sessions, such as the Dr Pepper Red Carpet, Dr Pepper Sampling Booth, GAC Photo Booth, Coors Party Bars as well as ACM and ACM Lifting Lives Booths.

As previously announced, rounding out the weekend of events at The Orleans Hotel and Casino, the 3rd Annual ACM Fan Jam, a ticketed event headlined by Brad Paisley taking place at the Orleans Arena on Sunday, April 7, 2013. This live remote location gives country music lovers the ultimate fan-pass to be part of the 48th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards broadcast.  Throughout the three-hour Awards telecast from the MGM Grand Garden Arena, there will be live performances, via remote, from the Orleans Arena by Brad Paisley and other top-tier music acts, to be announced.  The ACM Fan Jam includes a profusion of entertainment, prizes and special giveaways only for attendees, including autographed guitars, trip packages to country music events and merchandise.  The ACM Fan Jam continues after the Awards telecasts ends, with performances by Brad Paisley and friends. Details will be announced soon.

ACM PROFESSIONAL MEMBER TICKET ON-SALE: Professional Members of the ACM can purchase tickets beginning at 10:00 AM (PT) Wednesday, January 23, 2013 by visiting www.ACMawards.com.  Tickets are also available at 888-234-2334 or at any Coast Casinos box office location.

ACM A-LIST MEMBER TICKET PRE-SALE:  ACM A-List Members can purchase tickets in a special pre-sale beginning at 10:00 AM (PT) Wednesday, January 23, 2013 through Friday, January 25, 2013 by visiting www.ACMawards.com. The pre-sale code will be emailed to all A-List Members prior to the on-sale date.  Tickets are also available at 888-234-2334 or at any Coast Casinos box office location.

GENERAL PUBLIC TICKET ON-SALE: Tickets will go on-sale to the general public at 10:00 AM (PT) Friday, January 25, 2013 at www.ACMawards.com.

 

Schedule/hours for The ACM Experience are:

Friday, April 5, 2013                         10AM – 10PM

Saturday, April 6, 2013                   10AM – 10PM

Sunday, April 7, 2013                      10AM – 4PM

 

For updates on The ACM Experience, the ACM Awards and all Academy events, 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 and 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.