DIERKS BENTLEY, BROOKS & DUNN, BRANDI CARLILE, ERIC CHURCH, KELLY CLARKSON, LUKE COMBS AND MORE ADDED AS PERFORMERS FOR THE 54TH ACM AWARDS

DIERKS BENTLEY, BROOKS & DUNN, BRANDI CARLILE, ERIC CHURCH, KELLY CLARKSON,
LUKE COMBS, DAN + SHAY, FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE AND ASHLEY MCBRYDE
ADDED AS PERFORMERS FOR THE “54TH ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS™”COUNTRY MUSIC’S PARTY OF THE YEAR® WILL BE BROADCAST LIVE FROM THE
MGM GRAND GARDEN ARENA IN LAS VEGAS, SUNDAY, APRIL 7 ON CBSTickets for ACM Awards® On Sale Now at AXS.com

The Academy of Country Music® announced today that Dierks Bentley, Brooks & Dunn, Brandi Carlile, Eric Church, Kelly Clarkson, Luke Combs, Dan + Shay, Florida Georgia Line and Ashley McBryde have been added to the powerful lineup of performers for the 54th ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS™, Country Music’s Party of the Year®. The awards telecast, hosted by Reba McEntire, will air LIVE from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 7, 2019 at 8:00 PM ET / delayed PT on the CBS Television Network.

 

Previously announced ACM Awards performers include Brothers Osborne, Kane Brown, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Reba McEntire, Maren Morris, Thomas Rhett, Chris Stapleton and George Strait along with ACM Dick Clark Artist of the Decade Award honoree Jason Aldean. Additional acts and presenters will be announced in the coming weeks.

Tickets for the ceremony are available for purchase now at www.axs.com. For more information on the ACM Awards and all ACM events including ACM Party for a Cause®, visit ACMcountry.com. Ultimate ACM Awards® VIP Experience and the Ultimate ACM Awards VIP Travel Packages are available from CID Entertainment. You can also like Academy of Country Music on Facebook or follow on Twitter and Instagram for more immediate updates.

About the Academy of Country Music Awards
The 54th Academy of Country Music Awards™ is dedicated to honoring and showcasing the biggest names and emerging talent in the country music industry. The show is produced for television by dick clark productions and will broadcast LIVE from MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 7, 2019 at 8:00 PM ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network. R.A. Clark, Reba McEntire, Barry Adelman and Mark Bracco are executive producers. Pete Fisher is executive producer for the Academy of Country Music.

Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Announces Details for Little Big Town Exhibition

 

LITTLE BIG TOWN TO APPEAR JUNE 26 AT
COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME® AND MUSEUM
IN SUPPORT OF NEW EXHIBIT LITTLE BIG TOWN: THE POWER OF FOUR

Exhibition opens June 29 with artifacts including neon signs used on album cover for Pain Killer, Karen Fairchild’s wedding dress, costumes lined with LED lighting from the 2014 CMA Awards and more

Grammy-winning vocal group Little Big Town will be the subject of a special exhibit, Little Big Town: The Power of Four, opening June 29, 2018, and continuing through June 9, 2019, at the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum. The popular foursome will participate in a special program Tuesday, June 26, 2018, in connection with the exhibit. Details for the program appear below.

Little Big Town members are Karen Fairchild, Kimberly Schlapman, Phillip Sweet and Jimi Westbrook. Many of their albums have been top sellers, including The Road to Here (2005), Tornado (2012), Pain Killer (2014), and, most recently, The Breaker (2017). Little Big Town has received six CMA awards for Vocal Group of the Year and three Grammys, among many other honors.

The new exhibit tells the group’s story from the very beginning, and includes keepsakes and photos from each member’s childhood. The narrative recounts the development of individual talents that eventually brought the four together to form contemporary country music’s first two-woman, two-man vocal group. The exhibit storyline recalls early career struggles that ultimately strengthened the group’s bond and solidified their resolve to succeed on their own terms. By making bold musical decisions, the members of Little Big Town have joined the top echelon of country music stardom.

“Karen, Kimberly, Phillip, and Jimi—Little Big Town—build their music on a foundation of beautiful vocal harmonies seldom heard in country music,” said Kyle Young, CEO of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. “The group has enjoyed best-selling, award-winning success, but achieving that success required uncommon dedication and courage—and the willingness to make records for four different labels—before Little Big Town became consistent hit makers. Their journey has been a long one, and we embrace the opportunity to share Little Big Town’s story with our visitors.”

“Having an exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is something we would never have thought to dream of for ourselves. It is beyond a dream come true,” said Fairchild. “We are honored to be a part of country music, and are so thankful to all our fans, the music community here in Nashville and the museum for this privilege.”

The exhibit includes many unique items that illuminate the personalities of group members. Artifacts include a handmade Afghan ceramic pitcher, given to Sweet by an American soldier after Little Big Town performed at a small military base in isolated Tarinkot, Afghanistan. The pitcher broke on Sweet’s long trip home, and his wife, Becky, repaired it. Usually displayed in the family dining room, the pitcher is on loan to the museum.

Additional highlights of the exhibition include:

  • Neon signs used for the cover photo of the album Pain Killer (2014).
  • Instruments used in underwater scenes in the music video for “Pain Killer” (2014) including:

o   Fender DG-60 used by Jimi Westbrook

o   Fender Modern Player Telecaster Plus used by Phillip Sweet

  • BCBG Max Azria linen sundress with crochet detail and Golden Goose boots worn by Fairchild when she married Westbrook in a private ceremony in Nashville, May 31, 2006.
  • Clothes fitted with glow-in-the-dark, LED tube lighting, worn by Little Big Town for their appearance at the 2014 CMA Awards. After they performed “Day Drinking,” the group was joined on stage by pop star Ariana Grande for a performance of her hit “Bang Bang.”
  • Gretsch Electromatic with silver-sparkle top played by Kimberly Schlapman in performances of “Your Side of the Bed.”
  • Childhood memorabilia, including Fairchild’s high school cheerleading uniform, Westbrook’s trumpet, Schlapman’s recital costume and a drawing by Sweet.

Special programming surrounding the opening of the exhibit will include:

  • Tuesday, June 26                                         3:30 p.m.

Interview: Little Big Town
Fairchild, Schlapman, Sweet, and Westbrook will discuss their musical inspirations, creative process, and career milestones, as well as their personal histories and the joys and challenges of collaboration. The multi-media program will take place in the museum’s CMA Theater. Tickets can be reserved by clicking here.

  • Saturday, June 30                                         11:30 a.m.

Songwriter Session: Liz Rose
Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Liz Rose has gained an extensive list of credits throughout her career including the Little Big Town hits “Sober,” and “Girl Crush” winning CMA and Grammy awards for the later. Rose also wrote “Crazy Girl” (Eli Young Band); “God Made Girls” (RaeLynn); “Fearless,” “Tim McGraw,” “You Belong with Me,” and Grammy Country Song of the Year winner “White Horse” (Taylor Swift); and songs recorded by Dan + Shay, Tyler Farr, Alison Krauss, Martina McBride, Tim McGraw, Blake Shelton, Lee Ann Womack, and Chris Young. The program, presented by SunTrust will take place in the museum’s Ford Theater and will be streamed live at countrymusichalloffame.org

Both programs are included with museum admission and are free to museum members. Limited seating is available, and a program pass is required. For more information on how to reserve a program pass visit www.countrymusichalloffame.org.

With an unduplicated collection of more than 2.5 million artifacts, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is one of the most visited museums in the United States. Little Big Town: The Power of Four joins a year packed with dynamic exhibitions, including American Currents: The Music of 2017, Outlaws & Armadillos: Country’s Roaring ’70s and upcoming exhibits featuring Ralph Stanley (opening July 13, 2018), The Judds (August 10, 2018) and Emmylou Harris (October 2, 2018).

For more information about this exhibition, visit countrymusichalloffame.org.

Chris Janson & Sugarland Added to Full Line-Up of Performers And Presenters on The 53rd ACM Awards® (4/15 – CBS) 

CHRIS JANSON TO PERFORM AND SUGARLAND TO PRESENT
AT
THE 53RD ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS™

ROUNDING OUT THE STAR-STUDDED LINE-UP
SET TO TAKE THE STAGE 

LIVE FROM THE MGM GRAND GARDEN ARENA IN LAS VEGAS
ON SUNDAY, APRIL 15, 2018 AT 8:00 PM ET/PT
ON THE CBS TELEVISION NETWORK

FULL LINE-UP OF PERFORMERS AND PRESENTERS
FOR THE 53RD ACM AWARDS®

WHAT: The 53rd ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS™, hosted by Reba McEntire, is dedicated to honoring and showcasing the biggest names and emerging talent in the country music industry. The show is produced for television by dick clark productions and will broadcast LIVE from MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 15 (8:00-11:00 PM, live ET/delayed PT) on the CBS Television Network.

WHO: PERFORMERS INCLUDE:
Lauren Alaina, Jason Aldean, Kelsea Ballerini, Dierks Bentley, Kane Brown, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Kelly Clarkson, Dan + Shay, Florida Georgia Line, Alan Jackson, Chris Janson, Toby Keith, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Reba McEntire, Julia Michaels, Midland, Maren Morris, Jon Pardi, Bebe Rexha, Thomas Rhett, Darius Rucker, Blake Shelton, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, Brett Young, and Chris Young

PRESENTERS INCLUDE:
David Boreanaz, Drew Brees, AJ Buckley, Cam, Sam Elliott, Eve, Ashton Kutcher, Dustin Lynch, Nancy O’Dell, Rebecca Romijn, Sugarland, Max Thieriot, and Lindsey Vonn

ADDITIONAL ATTENDEES INCLUDE
Rhett Akins, Craig Wayne Boyd, Danielle Bradbery, Lee Brice, Brothers Osborne, Craig Campbell, Luke Combs, Devin Dawson, Russell Dickerson, Lindsay Ell, Morgan Evans, Brantley Gilbert, Ashley Gorley, Josh Gracin, Walker Hayes, High Valley, Levi Hummon, Jack Ingram, LANCO, Chris Lane, Tracy Lawrence, Hillary Lindsey, LOCASH, Maddie + Tae, Tegan Marie, Shane McAnally, Scotty McCreery, Tim McGraw, TK McKamy, AJ McLean, Justin Moore, Jerrod Niemann, Jerry O’Connell, Abigail Ochse, Josh Osborne, Jake Owen, Old Dominion, Eric Paslay, Parmalee, Carly Pearce, Cassadee Pope, Jon Randall, Chase Rice, Raelynn, Michael Ray, Runaway June, Granger Smith, Cole Swindell, The Swon Brothers, Morgan Wallen, Aaron Watson, and Chuck Wicks

WHEN: Sunday, April 15, 2018 8:00 PM ET/delayed PT – 53rd ACM Awards® Live Telecast on CBS

WHERE: MGM Grand Garden Arena, 3799 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109

CARRIE UNDERWOOD TO PERFORM THE WORLD TELEVISION PREMIERE OF HER SOON-TO-BE-RELEASED SINGLE LIVE ON THE 53RD ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS™ 

 

CARRIE UNDERWOOD TO PERFORM THE WORLD TELEVISION PREMIERE OF HER SOON-TO-BE-RELEASED SINGLE LIVE
ON THE 53RD ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS™

AWARDS TELECAST TO AIR LIVE FROM
THE MGM GRAND GARDEN ARENA IN LAS VEGAS

ON SUNDAY, APRIL 15, 2018 AT 8:00 PM ET/P
ON THE CBS TELEVISION NETWORK

The Academy of Country Music® revealed today that thirteen-time ACM Award® winner Carrie Underwood will perform the world television premiere of her soon-to-be-released single live on the 53RD ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS™, joining a star-studded lineup of performers and presenters. Underwood is nominated for Female Vocalist of the Year as well as Vocal Event of the Year for “The Fighter” with Keith Urban. The 53rd ACM Awards, hosted by Reba McEntire, will broadcast LIVE from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 15, 2018 at 8:00 PM ET/PT on the CBS Television Network.

Previously announced ACM Awards performers include Lauren Alaina, Jason Aldean, Kelsea Ballerini, Dierks Bentley, Kane Brown, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Kelly Clarkson, Florida Georgia Line, Alan Jackson, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Midland, Maren Morris, Jon Pardi, Bebe Rexha, Thomas Rhett, Blake Shelton, Keith Urban and Brett Young. Previously announced presenters include David Boreanaz, Drew Brees, AJ Buckley, Cam, Sam Elliot, Eve, Ashton Kutcher, Dustin Lynch, Nancy O’Dell, Rebecca Romijn, Max Thieriot and Lindsey Vonn.

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

About the Academy of Country Music Awards
The 53rd Academy of Country Music Awards™ is dedicated to honoring and showcasing the biggest names and emerging talent in the country music industry. The show is produced for television by dick clark productions and will broadcast LIVE from MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 15, 2018 at 8:00 PM live ET/PT on the CBS Television Network. Allen Shapiro, Mike Mahan, R.A. Clark, Barry Adelman and Mark Bracco are executive producers. Pete Fisher is executive producer for the Academy of Country Music.

53rd ACM Awards – ACM Launches Official App and Merchandise Line

ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC® LAUNCHES
OFFICIAL APP AND MERCHANDISE LINE IN ADVANCE OF
THE 53RD ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS™

 

AWARDS TELECAST TO AIR LIVE FROM THE MGM GRAND GARDEN ARENA IN LAS VEGAS
ON SUNDAY, APRIL 15, 2018 AT 8:00 PM ET/PT ON THE CBS TELEVISION NETWORK

 

The Academy of Country Music® announced today the launch of the official 2018 ACM Awards® App and merchandise in advance of the 53RD ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS™, honoring country music’s superstars and hottest emerging talent. The 53rd ACM Awards®, hosted by Reba McEntire, will broadcast LIVE from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 15, 2018 at 8:00 PM ET/PT on the CBS Television Network.

Available for both the iPhone via the App Store and Android via Google Play, the 2018 ACM App offers fans the latest on performers, ticket info and concert schedules for all ACM Party for a Cause® events, as well as the latest news, exclusive videos and info on nominees for this year’s 53rd ACM Awards®. New this year is an ACM Photo Hunt game, which gives fans the chance to post photo cards to Instagram with the hashtag #ACMphotohunt for the chance to win tickets to the 2019 ACM Awards. More information and download the App, visit https://www.acmcountry.com/app.

 

Additionally, fans can gear up for Country Music’s Party of the Year® with official 53rd ACM Awards merchandise. The line, designed and created by Academy partner Richards & Southern, features t-shirts, hats and hoodies, plus new items including beach towels, water bottles and a custom Adirondack chair. Fans can visit the Academy of Country Music Store now to check out all of the new merchandise at http://academyofcountrymusic.richardsandsouthern.com.

 

Previously announced ACM Awards performers include Lauren Alaina, Jason Aldean, Kelsea Ballerini, Dierks Bentley, Kane Brown, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Kelly Clarkson, Florida Georgia Line, Alan Jackson, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Midland, Maren Morris, Jon Pardi, Bebe Rexha, Thomas Rhett, Blake Shelton, Keith Urban and Brett Young. Previously announced presenters include David Boreanaz, Drew Brees, AJ Buckley, Cam, Sam Elliot, Eve, Ashton Kutcher, Dustin Lynch, Nancy O’Dell, Rebecca Romijn, Max Thieriot and Lindsey Vonn.

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

 

About the Academy of Country Music Awards
The 53rd Academy of Country Music Awards™ is dedicated to honoring and showcasing the biggest names and emerging talent in the country music industry. The show is produced for television by dick clark productions and will broadcast LIVE from MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 15, 2018 at 8:00 PM live ET/PT on the CBS Television Network. Allen Shapiro, Mike Mahan, R.A. Clark, Barry Adelman and Mark Bracco are executive producers. Pete Fisher is executive producer for the Academy of Country Music.

53rd ACM Awards: Additional Performers & Presenters Announced (April 15 on CBS)

 

KANE BROWN, KELLY CLARKSON, ALAN JACKSON,
LITTLE BIG TOWN AND JON PARDI ADDED AS PERFORMERS
FOR THE 53RD ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS™

DAVID BOREANAZ, AJ BUCKLEY, CAM, SAM ELLIOTT, EVE, ASHTON KUTCHER,
DUSTIN LYNCH, MAX THIERIOT AND KIEFER SUTHERLAND
ANNOUNCED AS PRESENTERS FOR COUNTRY MUSIC’S PARTY OF THE YEAR®

AWARDS TELECAST TO AIR LIVE FROM THE MGM GRAND GARDEN ARENA IN LAS VEGAS
ON SUNDAY, APRIL 15, 2018 AT 8:00 PM ET/PT ON THE CBS TELEVISION NETWORK

 The Academy of Country Music® revealed today that Kane Brown, Kelly Clarkson, Alan Jackson, Little Big Town and Jon Pardi have been added to the all-star lineup of performers for the 53RD ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS™, honoring country music’s superstars and hottest emerging talent. It was also announced that country artists Cam, Dustin Lynch, and Kiefer Sutherland, The Ranch co-stars Sam Elliott and Ashton Kutcher, SEAL Team co-stars David Boreanaz, AJ Buckley and Max Thieriot, as well as The Talk host Eve have been added as presenters for the ceremony.

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

Previously announced ACM Awards performers include Lauren Alaina, Jason Aldean, Kelsea Ballerini, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Florida Georgia Line, Lady Antebellum, Midland, Miranda Lambert, Maren Morris, Bebe Rexha, Thomas Rhett, Blake Shelton, Keith Urban and Brett Young. Previously announced presenters include Drew Brees, Nancy O’Dell, Rebecca Romijn and Lindsey Vonn.

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

About the Academy of Country Music Awards
The 53rd Academy of Country Music Awards™ is dedicated to honoring and showcasing the biggest names and emerging talent in the country music industry. The show is produced for television by dick clark productions and will broadcast LIVE from MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 15, 2018 at 8:00 PM live ET/PT on the CBS Television Network. Allen Shapiro, Mike Mahan, R.A. Clark, Barry Adelman and Mark Bracco are executive producers. Pete Fisher is executive producer for the Academy of Country Music.

LANCO SURPRISED WITH GOLD FOR “GREATEST LOVE STORY” AFTER STANDING OVATION AT OPRY DEBUT LAST NIGHT

 

BREAKOUT BAND LANCO SURPRISED WITH GOLD FOR “GREATEST LOVE STORY”
AFTER STANDING OVATION AT OPRY DEBUT LAST NIGHT

The “Sweeping” (HITS Magazine) Top 10 Track Hit No. One on iTunes Country Songs Chart
Immediately After Performance

Emerging Sony Music Nashville band LANCO made their Grand Ole Opry debut last night (10/24) during the ninth annual “Opry Goes Pink.” The five-man band received a standing ovation after offering up a performance of “Trouble Maker” off their self-titled EP, a medley of Alabama’s iconic hits “Dixieland Delight” and “Song of the South” along with their Top 10 single, “Greatest Love Story.” Adding to the band’s night of career firsts, LANCO was surprised with the news that “Greatest Love Story” has been certified GOLD by the RIAA for selling over 500,000 units, and it immediately shot to the No. One spot on the iTunes Country Chart as they walked offstage.

“It was an honor to make our Grand Ole Opry debut during such a special night and take the stage that is the original home to the entire country music genre,” said lead singer Brandon Lancaster. “Since I was six-years-old I remember sitting in those pews and seeing acts like Alabama so to have our families out there watching us was a full circle moment.”

LANCO has built a groundswell movement behind “Greatest Love Story,” with Lancaster as the sole songwriter. It has been 10 years since a country artist/writer has penned a chart topping hit alone as a look back in time to the early 2000’s reveals that the last artists able to make that claim are Taylor Swift (“Our Song”), Zac Brown (“Free”) and Jennifer Nettles’ (“Stay”). That success has propelled Lancaster to the No. One spot on the Top 60 Country Songwriters Chart for three consecutive weeks, based on streams, sales and airplay and he continues to serve as the only artist to earn that honor in 2017.

As a native to the Nashville area, Lancaster’s truly authentic style has resonated with fans through LANCO’s self-titled debut EP, which can now count more than 60 million streams. The band recently wrapped the recording process behind their debut album with award-winning producer Jay Joyce (Eric Church, Cage The Elephant, Little Big Town), which is slated for release early next year. Named as “the band to watch” by Bobby Bones, CMT, Entertainment Weekly, Rolling Stone, Spotify and more, LANCO gained their status from touring the country’s top festivals including Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits, Watershed, Faster Horses and more. They will head out on the road in November serving as direct support for Dustin Lynch. For more information on LANCO and upcoming tour dates, visit www.LANCOMusic.com.

Photo (L-R): LANCO’s Eric Steedly (lead guitar), LANCO’s Tripp Howell (drums), LANCO’s Brandon Lancaster (lead vocals), Grand Ole Opry GM Sally Williams, LANCO’s Chandler Baldwin (bass), LANCO’s Jared Hampton (keyboards, banjo)

Photo Credit Courtesy of Grand Ole Opry’s Chris Hollo

COUNTRY RISING EXPANDS TO SUPPORT LAS VEGAS VICTIMS AND SETS NEW ON SALE DATE FOR OCT. 20

 

COUNTRY RISING EXPANDS TO SUPPORT LAS VEGAS VICTIMS
AND SETS NEW ON SALE DATE FOR OCT. 20

Keith Urban Added to Superstar Lineup on Nov. 12 at Bridgestone Arena Alongside Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Sam Hunt, Lady Antebellum,
Little Big Town, Martina McBride, Reba McEntire, Chris Stapleton,
George Strait and Carrie Underwood

 

Country Music’s star-studded benefit concert COUNTRY RISING announced today that in light of last week’s tragedy, it will now support victims of the Las Vegas shooting in addition to those in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and additional Caribbean islands who have been impacted by the recent hurricanes. Tickets and VIP packages for the event will now go on sale next Friday, Oct. 20 at 10:00A CT on www.Ticketmaster.com. Citi® is the official presale credit card of Country Rising. Citi® cardmembers will have access to purchase presale tickets beginning Wednesday, Oct. 18 at 10:00A CT through Citi’s Private Pass® program. For complete presale details visit www.citiprivatepass.com.

Keith Urban is the latest mega-star to add his name to the bill, which also includes Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Sam Hunt, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Martina McBride, Reba McEntire, Chris Stapleton, George Strait and Carrie Underwood. Due to a scheduling conflict with additional tour dates being added in Spokane, WA, Garth Brooks will no longer be part of the event in Nashville and will instead donate all proceeds from his two added concerts on Nov. 12 to The Country Rising Fund.

COUNTRY RISING will benefit The Country Rising Fund of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, which was established to support charitable initiatives to help victims of the September 2017 hurricanes — Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Jose and Maria. Additionally, the fund will now also envelop victims of the shooting in Las Vegas last week. In the course of rebuilding lives disrupted by these devastating events, there are immediate needs and there also will be long-term needs. This fund will strategically support both as they emerge.

For more information, visit: www.CountryRising.org.

About The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee
The Community Foundation exists to promote and facilitate giving in the 40 counties of Middle Tennessee and beyond. It does this by accepting gifts of any size from anyone at any time and by empowering individuals, families, companies, nonprofits, and communities to respond to needs and opportunities that matter. The Community Foundation works with people who have great hearts, whether or not they have great wealth, to craft solutions that reflect their intentions and goals. For more information, call 615-321-4939 or visit www.cfmt.org.

Origin of LANCO: Brandon Lancaster Sole Writer Behind “Greatest Love Story”

 

BRANDON LANCASTER RIDES THE GROUNDSWELL OF “GREATEST LOVE STORY”
SUCCESS TO THE NO. ONE SPOT ON THE TOP 60 COUNTRY SONGWRITERS CHART

LANCO Frontman Makes History With The Smash Hit He Penned Alone In His Bedroom

 

Songwriter/lead singer Brandon Lancaster of Sony Music Nashville’s breakout band LANCO is earning his stripes in Music City songwriter circles as the sole lyricist behind the band’s hit, “Greatest Love Story.” It has been 10 years since a country artist/writer has penned a chart topping hit alone. A look back in time to the early 2000’s reveals that the last artists able to make that claim are Taylor Swift (“Our Song”), Zac Brown (“Free”) and Jennifer Nettles’ (“Stay”). That success has propelled Lancaster to the No. One spot on the Top 60 Country Songwriters Chart this week, based on streams, sales and airplay.

As a native to the Nashville area, Lancaster’s truly authentic style has resonated with fans through the warm introductory of “Greatest Love Story:” one part classic, one part cutting edge and completely honest. As a co-writer on every song of LANCO’s self-titled debut EP, which can now count more than 60 million streams, Lancaster’s approach to honest Country music storytelling is evident with songs that push the genre forward without losing sight of where it’s been. LANCO recently wrapped the recording process behind their debut album with award-winning producer Jay Joyce (Eric Church, Cage The Elephant, Little Big Town), which is slated for release early next year.

“There’s so much about my life and career that doesn’t even seem real right now. I wrote a song alone in my bedroom one night about the girl I wanted to marry, and then she actually said yes. Now our story is resonating with people all over the country…it all feels too good to be true,” said Lancaster.

“Greatest Love Story,” is also firmly holding its No. One spot on Shazam’s Country chart, while edging closer to the top of both the radio and sales charts. Named as “the band to watch” by Entertainment Weekly, Rolling Stone, Bobby Bones, Spotify and more, LANCO gained their status from touring the country’s top festivals including Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits, Faster Horses and Watershed. For more information on LANCO and upcoming Fall tour dates, visit LANCOMusic.com.

11TH ANNUAL ACM HONORS™ TO AIR FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 15 (9:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) ON THE CBS TELEVISION NETWORK

 

(Photo Credit: Getty Images/Courtesy of the Academy of Country Music)

 

 

Tune in to watch the 11th Annual ACM Honors™ on Friday, September 15 (9:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. The two-hour musical special features some of country music’s biggest superstars taking the stage for show-stopping performances and can’t-miss collaborations in honor of the ACM Special Award honorees from the 52nd Academy of Country Music Awards™.

 

Special Awards recipients celebrated at the 11th ACM Honors included Kelsea Ballerini (Gene Weed Milestone Award), Toby Keith (Poet’s Award), Bob Kingsley (Mae Boren Axton Service Award), Reba McEntire (Mae Boren Axton Service Award), “Nashville” (Tex Ritter Film Award), Dolly Parton (Gary Haber Lifting Lives Award), Shel Silverstein (Poet’s Award, awarded posthumously), and George Strait (Cliffie Stone Icon Award). The evening also recognized Songwriter of the Year Award winner, Lori McKenna.

 

The special features performances by Kelsea Ballerini, Alan Jackson, Toby Keith, Thomas Rhett, Chris Stapleton, and George Strait, plus performances/presentations from Chris Janson, Little Big Town, Maren Morris, Brad Paisley, and Hillary Scott. Additional presenters included Jason Aldean, Bobby Bones, songwriter Ross Copperman, Lady Antebellum, Cassadee Pope, and Jimmy Webb.

 

About ACM Honors™

ACM Honors™ is an evening dedicated to recognizing the special honorees and off-camera category winners from the Academy of Country Music Awards, including the Special Awards, Studio Recording Awards and Songwriter of the Year Award winners. The 11th Annual ACM Honors taped Wednesday, August 23, 2017 at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium and is produced for television by dick clark productions to be broadcast on Friday, September 15 (9:00-11:00pm ET/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.

 

ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC® CELEBRATES ARTISTS, MUSICIANS & MORE AT 11TH ANNUAL ACM HONORS™ AT NASHVILLE’S HISTORIC RYMAN AUDITORIUM 

ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC® CELEBRATES ARTISTS, MUSICIANS & MORE AT 11TH ANNUAL ACM HONORS™ AT
NASHVILLE’S HISTORIC RYMAN AUDITORIUM

MUSICAL TRIBUTE EVENT RECOGNIZED SPECIAL HONOREES & OFF-CAMERA CATEGORY WINNERS FROM THE 52ND ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS™

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Two-Hour Special to Air Friday, September 15 (9:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network

NASHVILLE, TN – AUGUST 23: Honorees Reba McEntire, Dolly Parton, and George Strait attend the 11th Annual ACM Honors at the Ryman Auditorium on August 23, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for ACM)

Earlier this evening, the Academy of Country Music® presented the 11th Annual ACM Honors™, an evening dedicated to recognizing the special honorees and off-camera category winners from the 52nd Academy of Country Music Awards™. Portions of the event, held at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium, were taped for a two-hour special that will air on Friday, September 15 (9:00 – 11:00 PM ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

The event, sponsored by City National Bank, featured a star-studded lineup of live performances and award presentations celebrating Special Awards recipients Kelsea Ballerini (Gene Weed Milestone Award), Toby Keith (Poet’s Award), Bob Kingsley (Mae Boren Axton Service Award), Reba McEntire (Mae Boren Axton Service Award), “Nashville” (Tex Ritter Film Award), Dolly Parton (Gary Haber Lifting Lives Award), Shel Silverstein (Poet’s Award, awarded posthumously), and George Strait (Cliffie Stone Icon Award). The evening also honored winners of the Industry and Studio Recording Awards, along with Songwriter of the Year Award winner, Lori McKenna. The Academy of Country Music will present trophies to previously announced Special Awards recipients Eric Church (Merle Haggard Spirit Award) and Willie Nelson (Poet’s Award) at a later date.

Highlights from the event include:

  • Hillary Scott opened the evening with a performance of “The Night The Lights Went Out In Georgia” and was then joined by Little Big Town’s Karen Fairchild for a powerful duet performance of “Does He Love You” for which they received a standing ovation. The duo then welcomed Little Big Town’s Kimberly Schlapman for a special performance of “Little Rock” in tribute to Reba McEntire. Fairchild, Schlapman, and Scott then presented McEntire with the Mae Boren Axton Service Award.
  • Kelsea Ballerini performed “Legends” before receiving her award, which was presented to her by Lady Antebellum. Following her acceptance speech, Ballerini performed a medley of #1 hits including “Dibs,” “Love Me Like You Mean It,” and “Peter Pan.”
  • Chris Stapleton performed “When Did You Stop Loving Me,” and Alan Jackson performed a medley of “Marina Del Rey” and “The Fireman” in tribute to George Strait before he accepted his award to a standing ovation. Following his acceptance speech, Strait took the stage and performed “Here For A Good Time” to a dancing audience to close out the evening. Reigning Entertainer of the Year Jason Aldean presented the award to Strait.
  • Chris Janson performed “A Boy Named Sue” and “Cover of the Rolling Stone” in tribute to Shel Silverstein, who received his award posthumously. Silverstein’s family friend Susan Nadler accepted the award from Janson on Silverstein’s behalf.
  • Toby Keith performed “Should’ve Been A Cowboy” and “Who’s Your Daddy?” after songwriter Jimmy Webb presented him with his award.
  • Maren Morris performed “Galveston” in tribute to the late Glen Campbell.
  • Brad Paisley performed “My Tennessee Mountain Home” in tribute to Dolly Parton.
  • Bobby Bones presented Bob Kingsley with his award, after which Thomas Rhett sang a medley of his hits “Die A Happy Man” and “Craving You.”
  • Songwriter Ross Copperman introduced Little Big Town, who performed “When Someone Stops Loving You,” written by Lori McKenna, before presenting McKenna with the award.
Additional off-camera highlights included:
  • Brett Young presented Studio Recording and Industry Award winners with their awards prior to the show taping.
  • Cassadee Pope presented the television series “Nashville” with the Tex Ritter Film Award. “Nashville” stars Clare Bowen and Charles Esten performed “Sanctuary” in a special moment before CMT’s Frank Tanki, Opry Entertainment’s Steve Buchanan, and Lionsgate’s Russell Ziecker accepted the award.
Presenters who took the stage at the event included Jason Aldean, Bobby Bones, Ross Copperman, Chris Janson, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Maren Morris, Brad Paisley, Cassadee Pope, Hillary Scott, Jimmy Webb, and Brett Young.Below is a full list of special award recipients:

SPECIAL AWARDS

Cliffie Stone ICON Award – George Strait has been chosen to receive the Cliffie Stone Icon Award. This award is presented to a country music artist, duo/group or industry leader who throughout their career has advanced the popularity of the genre through their contributions in multiple facets of the industry such as songwriting, recording, production, touring, film, television, literary works, philanthropic contributions and other goodwill efforts.

With 61 No. 1 singles under his belt, George Strait has captivated the charts for longer than any other artist in any genre. Winning his first ACM Award for 1984’s Male Vocalist of the Year, “King George” went on to build his country kingdom one great song at a time. Now-classic hits like “Amarillo by Morning,” “All My Ex’s Live in Texas,” “The Fireman,” “The Chair” and “Give It Away” established Strait’s smooth voice and no-nonsense style, making his live show a must-see event. Strait is one of the best-selling artists of all time with 100 million albums sold worldwide. He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2007 and was named the Academy’s Dick Clark Artist of the Decade in 2009.  Though he officially retired from the road after his Cowboy Rides Away tour wrapped in 2014, Strait continues to pack houses at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas with his “2 Nights of Number 1s” show featuring all his number one hits performed live.

The Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award has been renamed the Cliffie Stone Icon Award.

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

GARY HABER LIFTING LIVES AWARD – Dolly Parton has been chosen to receive the Gary Haber Lifting Lives Award. This award is presented to a country music artist, duo/group or industry professional who is devoted to improving lives through the power of music, has a generosity of spirit, and is committed to serving others, voted on by the ACM Lifting Lives Board of Directors.

Dolly Parton has held many titles over her storied 50-year career – singer, songwriter, actress, legend—but philanthropist is one that is close to her heart. Since her earliest days of stardom, Dolly has used her celebrity to support the causes she loves most. The Dolly Parton Imagination Library has to date provided 100 million books to preschool children in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. In 2016, Parton stepped up to raise money for victims of the massive wildfires in her native East Tennessee. Hosting Smoky Mountains Rise, a three-hour telethon, Dolly helped raise more than $10 million for the Dollywood Foundation’s My People Fund, which provided money for temporary housing for families that lost their homes in the fires.

The Humanitarian Award has been renamed/incorporated into the existing Gary Haber Lifting Lives Award.

Past recipients of the Gary Haber Lifting Lives Award and Humanitarian Award include Brooks & Dunn, Vince Gill, Lonestar, Martina McBride, Neal McCoy, Reba McEntire, Montgomery Gentry, Rascal Flatts, LeAnn Rimes and Carrie Underwood.

GENE WEED MILESTONE AWARD – Kelsea Ballerini has been chosen as the recipient of the Gene Weed Milestone Award. This award is presented to a country music artist, duo/group or industry leader for a specific, unprecedented or outstanding achievement in the field of country music during the preceding calendar year.

Kelsea Ballerini went straight to the top of the charts with her first single, 2014’s “Love Me Like You Mean It.” Her self-penned debut was just the beginning of her winning streak. Her next two singles, 2015’s “Dibs” and 2016’s “Peter Pan,” also went to No. 1, making Ballerini the first female solo artist to have three consecutive No. 1 singles from a debut album since Wynonna Judd in 1992.  Ballerini was named the ACM New Female Vocalist of the Year for 2015, was nominated for Best New Artist at the 59th Grammy Awards and came in at No. 2 on the Forbes “30 Under 30 – Music” list. Having wrapped up her first headlining tour, aptly titled “The First Time Tour,” Ballerini is currently working on a new album and is hitting the road with Thomas Rhett on his 2017 Home Team Tour.

The Crystal Milestone Award and Gene Weed Special Achievement Awards have been combined and renamed the Gene Weed Milestone Award.

Past recipients of the Crystal Milestone Award and the Gene Weed Milestone Award include Jason Aldean, Garth Brooks, Luke Bryan, George Burns, Kenny Chesney, Jeff Foxworthy, Merle Haggard, Gayle Holcomb, Loretta Lynn, Little Big Town, Willie Nelson, Jennifer Nettles, Blake Shelton, George Strait, Taylor Swift, and Carrie Underwood.

Mae Boren Axton SERVICE Award – Bob Kingsley and Reba McEntire have been chosen as the recipients of the Mae Boren Axton Service Award. This award is presented to an outstanding country music artist, duo/group or industry leader in recognition of years of dedication and service to the Academy of Country Music.

One of the most recognizable radio voices in the world, Bob Kingsley has been a friend to both country fans and country artists for generations. As host and executive producer of Bob Kingsley’s Country Top 40, the Texas resident has been inducted into both the Country Music DJ Hall of Fame and the National Radio Hall of Fame. Early in his career as a young disc jockey at KFOX in Los Angeles, Kingsley became involved with the fledgling Academy of Country and Western Music, which would eventually be called the Academy of Country Music. He won the Academy’s On-Air Personality of the Year award for 1966 and 1967. He was first elected to the Academy’s board of directors in 1967. He has since won a third ACM trophy for National On-Air Personality of the Year (2006) and continues to serve on the board today, making Kingsley the Academy’s longest-serving board member.

For more than 30 years Reba McEntire has been an enthusiastic supporter of the Academy of Country Music. Hosting her first ACM Awards in 1986 at Knott’s Berry Farm, McEntire has returned to the ACM stage as a host for a record 14 times—-eight of those solo. A 14-time ACM Award winner (including 7 as ACM Female Vocalist of the Year), Reba has also been an avid supporter of the Academy’s charitable efforts, donating her time and talents to numerous ACM specials and other events supporting ACM Lifting Lives. In 2017, Reba partnered with the Academy and Omaze to offer a fan a chance to meet her backstage in Vegas, with proceeds from the auction going to ACM Lifting Lives.

The Mae Boren Axton Award has been renamed the Mae Boren Axton Service Award.

Past recipients of the Mae Boren Axton Award include Barry Adelman, John Dorris, Tim DuBois, Rod Essig, Gayle Holcomb, Jack Lameier, Marge Meoli, Paul Moore, Ray Pilzak, Gaynelle Pitts, Keith Urban, Gene Weed, Tommy Wiggins and David Young.

MERLE HAGGARD SPIRIT AWARD – Eric Church has been chosen to receive the Merle Haggard Spirit Award. This award is presented to a singer-songwriter who is continuing the legacy of country legend and 20-time ACM Award Winner Merle Haggard by following his/her own path, crafting great songs and epitomizing Merle’s spirit through genuine performances and great storytelling.

Over 12 years and five studio albums, Eric Church has established himself as an artist who stays true to an uncompromising path. As an intense performer and songwriter, he has brought to life the eternal themes of life, love and heartbreak in his own hellraising way through songs like “Smoke a Little Smoke,” “Springsteen,” “Give Me Back My Hometown” and “Record Year.” He has also bucked convention in the way his recorded and live music is delivered. He surprised fans—and the media—with his 2015 album, Mr. Misunderstood, which landed in the mailboxes of his fan club members without any promotion first before going out to the general public and the media the next day. For the 2017 60-city “Holdin’ My Own Tour,” Church went out solo without a support act and played two sets himself. Church holds five ACM awards, including Album of the Year, Vocal Event of the Year, Video of the Year, New Solo Vocalist of the Year and the ACM Jim Reeves International Award.

Past recipients of the Merle Haggard Spirit Award include Miranda Lambert.

Poet’s Award – Toby Keith, Willie Nelson and Shel Silverstein (awarded posthumously) have been chosen to receive the Poet’s Award. This award is presented to a country music songwriter for outstanding and longstanding musical and/or lyrical contributions throughout their career, with special consideration given to a song or songs’ impact on the culture of country music.

Toby Keith has sold more than 40 million albums worldwide and is routinely cited as one of country’s top businessmen with bars, restaurants, race horses and golf courses to his name, but it’s his accolades as a songwriter than mean the most to the Oklahoma native. Keith began writing as a teenager and charted his first self-penned No. 1 with his debut single, “Should’ve Been a Cowboy.” Since then, he has pretty much ignored the Nashville tradition of cutting Music Row writers’ songs and personally written or co-written just about every song he’s ever recorded. Among the highlights of his two-decade hit-making career are blue-collar anthems “How Do You Like Me Now,” “Beer for My Horses,” “I Love This Bar” and “American Soldier.” A 12-time ACM Award winner, Keith was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2015.

Willie Nelson is an American treasure, and the songs he has written will stand the test of time. Writing since the age of six, the Texas native has penned tunes that are part of the very foundation of country music. His credits as a songwriter include classics for other artists including “Crazy” (Patsy Cline), “Funny How Time Slips Away” (Ray Price) and “Hello Walls” (Faron Young). He co-wrote the outlaw anthem “Good-Hearted Woman” with his friend Waylon Jennings. Nelson’s signature song, “On the Road Again,” won the Grammy for Best Country Song in 1980. Willie was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1973 and the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2001.

The late Shel Silverstein (awarded posthumously) is known the world over as the offbeat poet and cartoonist behind beloved children’s books Where the Sidewalk Ends and The Giving Tree, but he was also an accomplished songwriter. Silverstein penned inventive songs about unusual characters for a variety of artists, including “One’s On the Way” for Loretta Lynn, “Marie Laveau” for Bobby Bare and the classic rock anthem “Cover of the Rolling Stone” for Dr. Hook. He brought his madcap imagination to the song, “A Boy Named Sue,” which became a No. 1 hit for Johnny Cash. The song won the 1969 Grammy for Best Country Song. Silverstein died of a heart attack in 1999 at the age of 68. He was posthumously inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2002.

Previous recipients of the Poet’s Award include Bill Anderson, Bobby Braddock, Felice and Boudleaux Bryant, Guy Clark, Jack Clement, Hank Cochran, Dean Dillon, Merle Haggard, Tom T. Hall, Harlan Howard, Kris Kristofferson, Bob McDill, Roger Miller, Buck Owens, Eddie Rabbitt (awarded posthumously), Fred Rose, Don Schlitz, Cindy Walker, Jimmy Webb and Hank Williams.

Tex Ritter FILM Award – “Nashville” has been chosen as the recipient of the Tex Ritter Film Award. This award recognizes an outstanding television movie, series or feature film released during the preceding calendar year which prominently features country music.

Now in its fifth season, “Nashville” continues to tell Music Row’s stories to a world-wide audience. Airing domestically on CMT and Hulu, the hour-long drama is seen in 225 territories around the globe. Main characters Deacon Clayborne, Will Lexington, Avery Barkley, Gunnar Scott and Scarlett O’Connor have made real-life music stars out of actors Charles Esten, Chris Carmack, Jonathan Jackson, Sam Palladio and Claire Bowen. The cast has released 17 soundtrack albums on Big Machine Records and has toured regularly, playing to sold-out crowds in both the United States and abroad. The show has been credited as part of the recent tourism boom in the city of Nashville, which has seen an amazing increase in visitors over the past five years.

Past recipients of the Tex Ritter Film Award include Beer For My Horses, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Country Strong, Crazy Heart, Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors, O Brother, Where Art Thou, Sweet Dreams and Walk the Line, among others.

SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR AWARD – Previously announced winner Lori McKenna – the first female to win this category ­– has been chosen as the recipient of the Songwriter of the Year Award. This award is presented to an individual known predominately as a songwriter, selected by a Professional Panel of judges composed of songwriters, publishers, producers, and performing rights organization representatives.

Lori McKenna has never lived in Nashville, yet she’s gradually become one of the most sought-after co-writers in Music City. At her kitchen table in Stoughton, Massachusetts, she wrote a heartfelt message to her five kids in the form of “Humble and Kind.” Tim McGraw carried the song to No. 1, and it also led to McKenna winning her second consecutive Grammy for Country Song of the Year. The first one was for Little Big Town’s triple-platinum single, “Girl Crush.” One of McKenna’s earliest champions was Faith Hill, who recorded “Stealing Kisses” for 2005’s Fireflies. McKenna continued recording her own albums as more stars cut her songs, including Hunter Hayes (“I Want Crazy”) and Keith Urban (“The Luxury of Knowing”). She released a new album, The Bird & The Rifle, in 2016. The project received a Grammy nod for Best Americana Album, while “Wreck You” was up for Best American Roots Performance and Best American Roots Song. She is a co-writer on Little Big Town’s new single, “Happy People.”

Past recipients of the Songwriter of the Year Award include Ross Copperman, Dallas Davidson, Luke Laird, Shane McAnally and Roger Miller.

INDUSTRY AWARDS

  • CASINO OF THE YEAR – SMALL CAPACITY: Foxwoods Resort and Casino – Mashantucket, CT
  • CASINO OF THE YEAR – MEDIUM CAPACITY: The Joint at The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino – Las Vegas, NV
  • FESTIVAL OF THE YEAR: Tortuga Music Festival – Fort Lauderdale, FL
  • NIGHTCLUB OF THE YEAR: Joe’s Live – Rosemont, IL
  • VENUE OF THE YEAR – SMALL CAPACITY: Ryman Auditorium – Nashville, TN
  • VENUE OF THE YEAR – MEDIUM CAPACITY: Red Rocks Amphitheatre – Morrison, CO
  • VENUE OF THE YEAR – LARGE CAPACITY: Bridgestone Arena – Nashville, TN
  • DON ROMEO TALENT BUYER OF THE YEAR: Lenore Kinder – AEG Live
  • PROMOTER OF THE YEAR – Ed Warm – Joe’s Live
STUDIO RECORDING AWARDS
(Note: ** Indicates a tie.)
  • BASS PLAYER OF THE YEAR – Glenn Worf
  • DRUMMER OF THE YEAR – Miles McPherson
  • GUITAR PLAYER OF THE YEAR – Tom Bukovac & Danny Rader**
  • PIANO/KEYBOARDS PLAYER OF THE YEAR – Dave Cohen
  • SPECIALTY INSTRUMENT(S) PLAYER OF THE YEAR – Dan Dugmore
  • STEEL GUITAR PLAYER OF THE YEAR – Dan Dugmore
  • AUDIO ENGINEER OF THE YEAR – Chuck Ainlay
  • PRODUCER OF THE YEAR – Jay Joyce

ALAN JACKSON & CHRIS STAPLETON ADDED TO PERFORMANCE LINEUP FOR 11TH ANNUAL ACM HONORS AIRING SEPTEMBER 15 AT 9PM PT/ET ON THE CBS TELEVISION NETWORK

 

ALAN JACKSON & CHRIS STAPLETON ADDED TO PERFORMANCE LINEUP
FOR 11TH ANNUAL ACM HONORS AIRING SEPTEMBER 15 AT 9PM PT/ET
ON THE CBS TELEVISION NETWORK

JASON ALDEAN, BOBBY BONES, ROSS COPPERMAN,
LADY ANTEBELLUM & JIMMY WEBB TO PRESENT

PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED PERFORMERS WHO WILL ALSO PRESENT INCLUDE
VINCE GILL, LITTLE BIG TOWN, MAREN MORRIS, BRAD PAISLEY & HILLARY SCOTT

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Cassadee Pope & Brett Young to Present and Clare Bowen & Charles Esten to Perform In Special Off-Camera Moments

Event to Tape at Nashville’s Historic Ryman Auditorium on Wednesday, August 23;
Tickets Available Now at Ticketmaster.com and the Ryman Box Office

 

The Academy of Country Music® announced that Alan Jackson and Chris Stapleton will perform at the 11th ANNUAL ACM HONORS™. It was also announced that Jason Aldean, Bobby Bones, Ross Copperman, Lady Antebellum and Jimmy Webb along with previously announced performers Vince Gill, Little Big Town, Maren Morris, Brad Paisley and Hillary Scott will present to previously announced honorees. In addition, Clare Bowen, Charles Esten, Cassadee Pope, and Brett Young will participate in special off-camera moments in the ceremony taking place Wednesday, August 23 at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium.

Jackson and Stapleton join the previously announced performance lineup including Kelsea Ballerini, Vince Gill, Toby Keith, Little Big Town, Maren Morris, Brad Paisley, Thomas Rhett, Hillary Scott, and George Strait.

The 11th Annual ACM Honors is an evening dedicated to celebrating the special honorees and off-camera category winners from the 52nd Academy of Country Music Awards. The two-house televised special will tape on Wednesday, August 23 at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium and air on Friday, September 15 (9:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Tickets for special taping are available now for purchase at Ticketmaster.com and the Ryman Auditorium box office.

For more information about the Academy of Country Music and the ACM Honors, please visit www.acmcountry.com.

About ACM Honors:
ACM Honors™ is an evening dedicated to recognizing the special honorees and off-camera category winners from the Academy of Country Music Awards, including the Special Awards, Studio Recording Awards and Songwriter of the Year Award winners. The 11th Annual ACM Honors takes place Wednesday, August 23, 2017 at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium and will be produced for television by dick clark productions to be broadcast on Friday, September 15 (9:00-11:00pm ET/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. Tickets to ACM Honors are priced at $60 and $100 and will go on sale to the general public at Ticketmaster.com and the Ryman box office at 10:00 AM CT on Wednesday, August 9, 2017. For more information, visit www.ACMcountry.com

MUSIC SUPERSTARS KELSEA BALLERINI, VINCE GILL, TOBY KEITH, LITTLE BIG TOWN AND MORE REVEALED AS PERFORMERS FOR THE 11TH ANNUAL ACM HONORS

 

MUSIC SUPERSTARS KELSEA BALLERINI, VINCE GILL, TOBY KEITH,
LITTLE BIG TOWN, MAREN MORRIS, BRAD PAISLEY,
THOMAS RHETT, HILLARY SCOTT, AND GEORGE STRAIT
REVEALED AS PERFORMERS FOR THE 11TH ANNUAL ACM HONORS™

TWO-HOUR SPECIAL TO AIR FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 15 AT 9PM PT/ET
ON THE CBS TELEVISION NETWORK

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Musical Event to Tape at Nashville’s Historic Ryman Auditorium on Wednesday, August 23

Tickets Available Beginning August 9 at 10AM CST at Ticketmaster.com and the Ryman Box Office

 

The Academy of Country Music® has revealed the first round of performers and ticket on-sale date for the 11th ANNUAL ACM HONORS™, an evening dedicated to recognizing the special honorees and off-camera category winners from the 52nd Academy of Country Music Awards®. Music superstars confirmed to perform at the televised event include Kelsea Ballerini, Vince Gill, Toby Keith, Little Big Town, Maren Morris, Brad Paisley, Thomas Rhett, Hillary Scott, and George Strait. The 11th Annual ACM Honors will tape Wednesday, August 23 at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN, and broadcast on Friday, September 15 (9:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

 

 

Tickets will go on-sale to the general public at Ticketmaster.com and the Ryman Auditorium box office today, August 9 at 10:00 AM CST.

As previously announced, Special Award recipients celebrated at the 11th Annual ACM Honors will include Kelsea Ballerini (Gene Weed Milestone Award), Toby Keith (Poet’s Award), Bob Kingsley (Mae Boren Axton Service Award), Reba McEntire (Mae Boren Axton Service Award), “Nashville” (Tex Ritter Film Award), Dolly Parton (Gary Haber Lifting Lives Award), Shel Silverstein (Poet’s Award, awarded posthumously), and George Strait (Cliffie Stone Icon Award). The evening will also honor winners of the Industry and Studio Recording Awards, along with Songwriter of the Year Award winner, Lori McKenna.

The Academy of Country Music will present trophies to previously announced Special Award recipients Eric Church (Merle Haggard Spirit Award) and Willie Nelson (Poet’s Award) at a later date.

Additional details will be announced in the coming weeks. For more information, please visit www.ACMcountry.com.

 

About ACM Honors:
ACM Honors™ is an evening dedicated to recognizing the special honorees and off-camera category winners from the Academy of Country Music Awards, including the Special Awards, Studio Recording Awards and Songwriter of the Year Award winners. The 11th Annual ACM Honors takes place Wednesday, August 23, 2017 at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium and will be produced for television by dick clark productions to be broadcast on Friday, September 15 (9:00-11:00pm ET/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. Tickets to ACM Honors are priced at $60 and $100 and will go on sale to the general public at Ticketmaster.com and the Ryman box office at 10:00 AM CT on Wednesday, August 9, 2017. For more information, visit www.ACMcountry.com

Reba McEntire, Chris Stapleton, Lady Antebellum & Wynonna Judd Added To All-Star Concert Celebration Honoring Kenny Rogers

MUSIC STARS REBA MCENTIRE, CHRIS STAPLETON, LADY ANTEBELLUM & WYNONNA JUDD ADDED TO ALL-STAR CONCERT CELEBRATION HONORING KENNY ROGERS

“ALL IN FOR THE GAMBLER:
KENNY ROGERS’ FAREWELL CONCERT CELEBRATION”
TO BE HELD AT NASHVILLE’S BRIDGESTONE ARENA ON OCTOBER 25, 2017

EVENT TO INCLUDE A VERY SPECIAL APPEARANCE BY THE JUDDS

JUST RELEASED: FINAL BLOCK OF TICKETS ARE ON SALE NOW

Music stars Reba McEntire, Chris Stapleton, Lady Antebellum and Wynonna Judd have been added to the momentous lineup for “All In For The Gambler: Kenny Rogers’ Farewell Concert Celebration,” an all-star concert event taping at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at 7PM CT. In addition, The Judds (Wynonna and Naomi Judd) will reunite for an unforgettable performance.

The new additions to the lineup will join previously announced artists Kenny Rogers, Dolly Parton, Little Big Town, Alison Krauss, The Flaming Lips, Idina Menzel, Jamey Johnson, and Elle King.

The final block of tickets is now available via Ticketmaster.com, by phone at 800-745-3000, all Ticketmaster locations and the Bridgestone Arena box office. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the T.J. Martell Foundation and the Kenny Rogers Children’s Center.

This once-in-a-lifetime concert event will honor Kenny Rogers’ historic 60-year career and will feature the final performance together by Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton.

“It is a great honor to learn that my friends Reba, Lady Antebellum, Chris Stapleton, Wynonna, and The Judds will be performing at this show,” says Kenny Rogers. “I admire each one of them for the music they create and for the integrity that is always evident in their work. Having them be a part of this once-in-a-lifetime night is going to make things even more exciting for me. I appreciate them doing this, and all of the other artists who will perform, more than they know.”

In a career that has spanned more than six decades, Kenny Rogers has left an indelible mark on the history of American music. His songs have endeared music lovers and touched the lives of millions around the world. Chart-topping hits like “The Gambler,” “Lady,” “Islands In The Stream,” “Lucille,” “She Believes In Me,” and “Through the Years” are just a handful of Kenny Rogers’ songs that continue to inspire new generations of artists and fans alike. Rogers, with twenty-four number-one hits, is a Country Music Hall of Fame member, six-time CMA Awards winner, three-time GRAMMY® Award winner, recipient of the CMA Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013, CMT Artist of a Lifetime Award honoree in 2015 and has been voted the “Favorite Singer of All Time” in a joint poll by readers of both USA Today and People.

Blackbird Presents’ Keith Wortman, creator and executive producer of Nashville’s recent highly acclaimed “Sing Me Back Home: The Music of Merle Haggard,” is the creator and executive producer of “All In For The Gambler.” GRAMMY® Award Winner Don Was will serve as music director, and preside over a stellar house band backing the performers at this historic concert event taping. Kenny Rogers’ manager, Ken Levitan, also serves as executive producer. The event will be filmed and recorded for multi-platform distribution throughout traditional media (worldwide broadcast, music, and digital).

“Like millions of fans around the world, Kenny Rogers has been the soundtrack of my life. As he finishes out this beautiful victory lap of touring life, I am honored and privileged to create and produce a show celebrating this special artist on this monumental occasion.” says Keith Wortman, CEO of Blackbird Presents.

FOR COMPLETE SHOW DETAILS, VISIT THE OFFICIAL CONCERT WEBSITE:
allinforthegambler.com
#allinforthegambler

 

About Blackbird Presents:
Blackbird Presents is a global media company that produces premium content via a range of strategies including large-scale concert events and festivals, broadcast series and specials, and music releases featuring major music stars across all genres and demographics.

Blackbird’s recent concerts, broadcast specials and releases include “Sing Me Back Home: The Music of Merle Haggard,” “The Life & Songs of Kris Kristofferson,” “Imagine: John Lennon 75th Birthday Concert,” “Outlaw: Celebrating The Music of Waylon Jennings,” “I’ll Take You There: Celebrating 75 Years of Mavis Staples,” “The Life and Songs of Emmylou Harris,” “Lynyrd Skynyrd: One More For The Fans,” “The Musical Mojo of Dr. John: Celebrating Mac and His Music,” and “All My Friends: Celebrating The Songs and Voice of Gregg Allman,” the latter of which earned a 2014 GRAMMY® Award nomination for Gregg Allman and Taj Mahal’s awe-inspiring performance of “Statesboro Blues.”

Blackbird Presents is also creator and producer behind the Outlaw Music Festival Tour, in partnership with Willie Nelson; the American Roots Music & Arts Festival, in partnership with Eric Church; and The Last Waltz 40 Tour.

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About Kenny Rogers:
Kenny Rogers began recording in the late 1950s, notching a local hit in the Houston, TX market with “That Crazy Feeling” that resulted in a national TV appearance on “American Bandstand.” After stints with the jazz group the Bobby Doyle Three and folk favorite The New Christy Minstrels, Rogers formed The First Edition in 1967. As the lead singer of the group, Rogers sang on the band’s biggest hits, such as “Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)” and “Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love To Town.” The group, who hosted their own syndicated television series, “Rollin'”, stayed together through 1975.

In 1976, Rogers signed a deal in Nashville with United Artists. With the help of producer Larry Butler, Rogers released “Lucille” in early 1977, his first No. 1 hit. The singer would tally many classics through the decade, including “Love Or Something Like It,” “Sweet Music Man,” “The Gambler,” and “Every Time Two Fools Collide,” which he recorded with the late Dottie West. Rogers was named Male Vocalist of the Year by both the CMA and the ACM, being also recognized as Entertainer of the Year by the latter in 1979.

In 1980, Rogers made musical history with his cross-over success of “Lady.” The Lionel Richie composition netted the singer a hit in the Country, Pop, AC, and R&B fields. The album from which the song was pulled, Kenny Rogers’ Greatest Hits, was certified Diamond for sales of over ten million units. In the 1980s, he stayed on top of the charts with hits like “I Don’t Need You,” “We’ve Got Tonight,” and “Morning Desire,” and sang on the GRAMMY® winning USA For Africa charity single, “We Are The World,” joined by an unprecedented number of music legends. He also established a successful career as an actor – with roles in The Gambler movie series – and as a photographer, with several published books of photos to his credit, including “This Is My Country.”

Rogers has sold over 120 million albums worldwide during his career, making him one of the best-selling male artists of all-time according to the RIAA, with twenty Platinum albums and eleven Gold. He has won awards from every organization imaginable, including multiple GRAMMY® Awards, as well as CMA, ACM, CMT, TNN, Music City News, and American Music Awards. In 2012, Rogers released his successful memoir, “Luck or Something Like It” and became a New York Times Best-Selling Author. In the fall of 2013, Rogers was bestowed with his biggest honor, being inducted as a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville. He continues to endear himself to audiences through his timeless music, and appearances on television – including a well-received Geico commercial in 2015.

In the fall of 2015, Kenny Rogers made headlines with the announcement that he would soon embark on a farewell tour – after one of the most successful and iconic careers in the history of show business. The spring of 2016 saw the singer begin that process with his “The Gambler’s Last Deal” Final World Tour, saying goodbye to his loyal legion of fans one city and one night at a time in what has been a critically-acclaimed night of music and memories. www.kennyrogers.com

The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas Named Casino Of The Year – Medium Capacity by The Academy of Country Music®

 

THE JOINT AT HARD ROCK HOTEL & CASINO LAS VEGAS NAMED CASINO OF THE YEAR – MEDIUM CAPACITY BY THE ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC®

WINNERS TO BE CELEBRATED AT 11TH ANNUAL ACM HONORS™ ON AUGUST 23, 2017 IN NASHVILLE, TN

 

The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas has added a new accolade to its ever-growing list of awards since reopening its doors in 2009. The Academy of Country Music® announced today the Industry Award winners for the 52nd ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS™ and has named The Joint as CASINO OF THE YEAR – MEDIUM CAPACITY. The ACM Industry Awards, voted on by the Academy’s professional members, honor the behind-the-scenes industry professionals and venues who contribute so much to the artistry, success and longevity of country music.

 

Within the last year, the intimate and unparalleled music venue has hosted unforgettable country acts including Chris Stapleton, Little Big Town, Eric Church, Rascal Flatts, Gary Allan, Anderson East and many more.

 

The Academy of Country Music Industry Award winners will be announced and celebrated during the 11th ANNUAL ACM HONORS™, an evening dedicated to recognizing the special honorees and off-camera category winners from the 52nd Academy of Country Music Awards. The event will take place Wednesday, August 23, 2017 at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN.

About The Joint

The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas is a 4,255-person capacity venue that serves as a sophisticated, intimate and unparalleled entertainment destination. The Joint features seven luxury suites, a VIP studio level, state-of-the-art sound system, superior video system and a production package tailor-made for artist comfort. It has received numerous accolades including “No. 1 Hottest Club in America” award by Billboard Magazine, “Best Live Music Venue in Las Vegas” by MetroWize.com, “Best New Major Concert Venue” at the Pollstar Awards, “Best Live Music Venue” in AOL City’s Best awards, “Best Rock Residency Program” by Las Vegas Weekly, “Best Concert Venue” by Las Vegas Review-Journal and more. The Joint delivers unforgettable live music experiences with performances by both legendary and groundbreaking artists including Paul McCartney, the Killers, Bon Jovi, Kenny Chesney, Nine Inch Nails, The Who, Imagine Dragons, Prince, Arcade Fire, Muse, Drake and No Doubt. The venue has been home to successful residencies with Carlos Santana, Tiësto, Mötley Crüe, Guns N’ Roses, Def Leppard, KISS, Rascal Flatts and Journey. Follow The Joint on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the latest news and updates.

 

About ACM Honors

ACM Honors™ is an evening dedicated to recognizing the special honorees and off-camera category winners from the Academy of Country Music Awards, including the Special Awards, Studio Recording Awards, Industry Awards, and Songwriter of the Year Award winners. The 11th Annual ACM Honors takes place Wednesday, August 23, 2017 at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium and will be produced by dick clark productions. 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. For more information, visit www.ACMcountry.com.

Additional Performers, Presenters, & Special Collaborations Announced for the 52nd ACM Awards (4/2 on CBS)

CAN’T-MISS COLLABORATIONS, ADDITIONAL PERFORMERS AND SPECIAL GUEST PRESENTERS ANNOUNCED FOR THE “52ND ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS™”
LIVE FROM T-MOBILE ARENA IN LAS VEGAS, SUNDAY, APRIL 2 ON CBS

 

REBA McENTIRE AND LAUREN DAIGLE, TIM McGRAW AND FAITH HILL,
THOMAS RHETT AND MAREN MORRIS, COLE SWINDELL AND DIERKS BENTLEY,
KEITH URBAN AND CARRIE UNDERWOOD, AND FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE WITH BACKSTREET BOYS TO TAKE OVER THE STAGE WITH POWERFUL COLLABORATIONS
AND BRETT ELDREDGE AND OLD DOMINION ADDED TO PERFORM

 

LAUREN ALAINA, BOBBY BONES, KANE BROWN, SAVANNAH CHRISLEY, TODD CHRISLEY,
KACEY MUSGRAVES, NANCY O’DELL, JAKE OWEN, KELLIE PICKLER, DARIUS RUCKER,
ELLIOTT SADLER, MISS AMERICA SAVVY SHIELDS, BUBBA WALLACE AND MORE TO PRESENT

 

Click HERE for Cole Swindell’s Performance Announcement, HERE for Kane Brown’s Presenter Announcement, and HERE for Miss America Savvy Shields’ Presenter Announcement

The Academy of Country Music® announced today additional performers, presenters and an unprecedented number of duos and special collaborations for the 52ND ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS™, Country Music’s Party of the Year®. The special will be broadcast LIVE from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas Sunday, April 2 (live 8:00-11:00 PM, ET/delayed PT) on the CBS Television Network.

 

The featured collaborations will include 14-time ACM Award® winner and 14- time ACM Awards® host Reba McEntire and contemporary Christian artist Lauren Daigle performing “Back to God,” superstar duo Tim McGraw and Faith Hill performing the world television premiere of their new single “Speak To a Girl,” Thomas Rhett and Maren Morris teaming up for “Craving You,” Cole Swindell and Dierks Bentley rocking out “Flatliner,” and Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban performing their hit single “The Fighter,” plus Florida Georgia Line with the Backstreet Boys performing a must-see medley.

 

Brett Eldredge and Old Dominion will join the lineup for previously announced solo performances by Jason Aldean, Kelsea Ballerini, Dierks Bentley, Brothers Osborne, Luke Bryan, Lady Antebellum, Sam Hunt, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Maren Morris, Jon Pardi, Rascal Flatts, and Chris Stapleton.

 

Presenters taking the stage this year include Lauren Alaina, Bobby Bones, Kane Brown, Savannah Chrisley, Todd Chrisley, Kacey Musgraves, Nancy O’Dell, Jake Owen, Kellie Pickler, Darius Rucker, Elliott Sadler, Miss America Savvy Shields, and Bubba Wallace.

 

The ACM Awards, co-hosted by Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley, will broadcast LIVE from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas Sunday, April 2 (live 8:00-11:00 PM, ET/delayed PT) on the CBS Television Network.

 

The official red carpet pre-show for the 52nd Academy of Country Music Awards will live stream exclusively on Twitter on April 2, starting at 3pm PT/6pm ET. The pre-show will be available to logged-in and logged-out audiences on Twitter and connected devices, and can be found at ACMawards.twitter.com, in Twitter Moments or via @ACMawards

 

Sponsors and partners for the 52nd Academy of Country Music Awards include T-Mobile and Xfinity from Comcast.

 

For more information, please visit www.ACMcountry.com or http://www.cbs.com/shows/academy_of_country_music.

 

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. 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.

Next Round of Performers Announced for the 52nd ACM Awards (4/2 on CBS)

LAUREN DAIGLE, FAITH HILL, SAM HUNT, TIM MCGRAW, RASCAL FLATTS,
REBA MCENTIRE, THOMAS RHETT, CHRIS STAPLETON, COLE SWINDELL,
CARRIE UNDERWOOD, AND KEITH URBAN TO PERFORM ON THE
“52ND ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS™”

 

“52nd ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS” TO AIR LIVE
FROM T-MOBILE ARENA IN LAS VEGAS ON SUNDAY, APRIL 2 ON CBS

 

Click HERE for Cole Swindell Performance Announcement

The Academy of Country Music announced today additional performers to join this year’s stellar lineup for the 52ND ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS™, Country Music’s Party of the Year®. The newly added performers include Lauren Daigle, Faith Hill, Sam Hunt, Tim McGraw, Rascal Flatts, Reba McEntire, Thomas Rhett, Chris Stapleton, Cole Swindell, Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban. The ACM Awards, co-hosted by Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley, will broadcast LIVE from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas Sunday, April 2 (live 8:00-11:00 PM, ET/delayed PT) on the CBS Television Network.

Previously announced performers include Jason Aldean, Kelsea Ballerini, Dierks Bentley, Brothers Osborne, Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line with the Backstreet Boys, Lady Antebellum, Kelsea Ballerini, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Maren Morris, and Jon Pardi.

Additional acts and presenters will be announced in the coming days. For more information, please visit www.ACMcountry.com or http://www.cbs.com/shows/academy_of_country_music.

 

The official red carpet pre-show for the 52nd Academy of Country Music Awards will live stream exclusively on Twitter on April 2, starting at 3pm PT/6pm ET. The pre-show will be available to logged-in and logged-out audiences on Twitter and connected devices.

 

Sponsors and partners for the 52nd Academy of Country Music Awards include T-Mobile and Xfinity from Comcast.

 

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. 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.

Kelsea Ballerini to Perform on the 52nd ACM Awards (4/2 on CBS)

ACM AWARD® NOMINEE KELSEA BALLERINI
TO PERFORM ON THE “52ND ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS™”
Comcast Partners with the “52nd ACM Awards®” to Deliver a Special Encore Performance
by Ballerini and Other ACM Awards content to Xfinity TV Customers

 

Telecast to Air Live From T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Sunday, April 2 on CBS

The Academy of Country Music® announced today that ACM Award® nominee Kelsea Ballerini will perform on the 52ND ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS™ broadcasting LIVE from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Sunday, April 2 (live 8:00-11:00 PM, ET/delayed PT) on the CBS Television Network. As previously announced, Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley will return to co-host the 52nd ACM Awards®, which honors and showcases the biggest names and emerging talent in country music, and is produced for television by dick clark productions.

 

Previous ACM Award winner Kelsea Ballerini received two nominations this year including the Female Vocalist of the Year category and Video of the Year Presented by Xfinity for “Peter Pan.”

 

As part of today’s announcement, Comcast’s Xfinity brand has officially announced its partnership with the “52nd ACM Awards.” In addition to the live broadcast on CBS, Xfinity TV customers will be able to watch ACM Awards content on Xfinity On Demand leading up to the live broadcast, plus an encore performance from Kelsea Ballerini.

 

To drive excitement leading up to the 52nd ACM Awards, Xfinity TV customers will have access to a multitude of content including “Behind the Performance,” which will take fans behind the preparations for Kelsea Ballerini’s encore performance, as well as archival clips from prior ACM Awards. The content will also be available online at xfinity.com/ACMawards.

 

Previously announced performers include Jason Aldean, Brothers Osborne, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line with the Backstreet Boys, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Maren Morris and Jon Pardi. Additional acts and presenters will be announced in the coming weeks. For more information, please visit www.ACMcountry.com or http://www.cbs.com/shows/academy_of_country_music.

 

The official red carpet pre-show for the 52nd Academy of Country Music Awards will live stream exclusively on Twitter on April 2, starting at 3pm PT/6pm ET. The pre-show will be available to logged-in and logged-out audiences on Twitter and connected devices.

 

Sponsors and partners for the 52nd Academy of Country Music Awards include T-Mobile and Xfinity.

 

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. 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.

 

About Comcast Cable
Comcast Cable is one of the nation’s largest video, high-speed Internet and phone providers to residential customers under the XFINITY brand and also provides these services to businesses. Comcast has invested in technology to build an advanced network that delivers among the fastest broadband speeds, and brings customers personalized video, communications and home management offerings. Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA) is a global media and technology company. Visit www.comcastcorporation.com for more information.