Neon Museum Marks Five Successful Years

 

NEON MUSEUM CELEBRATES FIFTH ANNIVERSARY OCT. 28 

 

 On Oct. 28, 2017, the Neon Museum in Las Vegas will celebrate its milestone five-year anniversary. Since opening in 2012, it has become a must-visit for travelers from 46 countries around the globe, welcomed nearly a half-million guests and expanded its tour offerings from daytime tours five days a week to daytime, nighttime and late-night tours seven days a week.

“We’re gratified by the success the Neon Museum has enjoyed since opening in 2012,” said Rob McCoy, president and CEO, Neon Museum. “We’re especially proud of the large number of visitors who have ventured downtown because they were drawn to visit our museum. Nearly three-quarters of our guests report coming from hotels on the Strip.

Neon Museum Fast Facts, 2012 – 2017:

  • Number of signs restored since opening: five (Liberace Museum, Jerry’s Nugget, Steiner Cleaners, Margarita Baby and Yucca Motel)
  • Number of volunteer interpreters (current): 30
  • Number of corporate volunteers (current): 25
  • Visitors: 441,238 (tours, photo shoots and events)
  • Educational Events: 123, to include:
    • Junior Interpreter Tours: 21
    • Stars & Stardust nighttime stargazing: 4
  • Weddings: 391
  • Catered events: 123 (wedding receptions, corporate and non-profit)
  • Museum members (current): 363
  • Artists in Residence: 8
  • Total events: 514
  • Musical artists: Carrie Underwood, Killers, Wilco, Brooks and Dunn, Marc Anthony, Steve Aioki, Tiesto, Death Cab for Cutie, Evanescence, Jimmie Eats World, Bananarama, Gym Class Heroes, Jimmie Buffet, DJ Hardwell, Meatloaf, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Philip Phillips, Alma, Arcangel and De La Ghetto, Ice Cube, Florida Georgia Line, Charlie XCX, Dario Lorina.
  • Magazine features: Harper’s Bazaar, Harper’s Bazaar Indonesia, French Vogue, Australian Vogue, Men’s Vogue, Elle, Elle UK, Italian Elle, GQ, Sunset, Time, Self, Rangefinder, Dwell, Life and Style, Wallpaper, Entertainment Weekly, Top Gear, French Glamour, Architectural Digest, Maxim

Earlier this month, the Neon Museum announced special programming taking place on Saturday, Oct. 28, in honor of its anniversary. Those details follow:

1 to 7 p.m.: Free self-guided access to the Neon Boneyard, food trucks, cake, crafts, paper flower creation celebrating the “Day of the Dead.” Flowers will be used to decorate an altar created by artist Favela in memory of prominent sign designer Raul Rodriguez. Rodriguez designed the Flamingo sign that resides in the Boneyard and he earned national recognition for his Rose Parade float designs.

1 to 4 p.m. “Family Fiesta” event presented by artist Justin Favela in the Boneyard. “Family Fiesta” incorporates Favela’s real-life family, food, drinks and music in an unconventional outdoor setting. The public is encouraged to participate in the celebration by engaging in games, dances, music, cuisine and piñata time. In “Family Fiesta,” the event is taken out of its traditional context (a cookout in a backyard or a park) to highlight people’s expectations of a fiesta while, at the same time, dismantling notions of location and institutional inclusion.

For information about these events or about visiting the museum, visit www.neonmuseum.org or call (702) 387-6366.

 

ABOUT THE NEON MUSEUM
Founded in 1996, the Neon Museum is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to collecting, preserving, studying and exhibiting iconic Las Vegas signs for educational, historic, arts and cultural enrichment. It has been named “Best Museum” by Las Vegas Weekly, one of “Sin City’s Best Retro Sites” by MSN, “No. 1 Las Vegas Museum Sure to Entertain and Educate” by USAToday’s 10best.com, “One of the Top 10 Coolest Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do” by Forbes.com, one of the “Top 10 Historic Spots in Las Vegas” by Vegas.com; one of “15 Most Fascinating Museums in the U.S.” by VacationIdea.com; and earns a consistent 4.5 out of 5 rating on TripAdvisor. In addition to an approximately two-acre Neon Museum campus, which includes the outdoor exhibition space known as the Neon Boneyard, the museum also encompasses a visitors’ center housed inside the former La Concha Motel lobby as well as nine restored signs installed as public art throughout downtown Las Vegas. Public education, outreach, research, archival preservation and a grant-funded neon sign survey represent a selection of the museum’s ongoing projects. Both the Neon Boneyard and the La Concha Visitors’ Center are located at 770 Las Vegas Blvd. North in Las Vegas. For more information, visit www.NeonMuseum.org.

Luis Miguel Brings Latin Flare to Mandalay Bay Events Center September 12

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Luis Miguel Brings Latin Flare to

Mandalay Bay Events Center September 12
Tickets on Sale Friday, July 31 at 10 a.m.

 

 

Five-time GRAMMY Award-winning international superstar Luis Miguel helps kick off Mexican Independence Day early with a performance at the Mandalay Bay Events Center Saturday, Sept. 12.

 

Tickets ranging from $69 –$299, not including applicable service charges, go on sale to the general public Friday, July 31 at 10 a.m. PDT and can be purchased at all Mandalay Bay box offices, www.LiveNation.com, www.TicketMaster.com, all Las Vegas Ticketmaster locations or by calling 800.745.3000.

 

For fans anxious to purchase seats to highly anticipated concerts and events, M life – MGM Resorts International’s loyalty program – provides members exclusive access to pre-sales for sporting events and concerts. The program also features rewards, benefits and once-in-a-lifetime experiences at the incomparable collection of MGM Resorts’ world-renowned destinations. To join the loyalty program or for more information, visit mlife.com.

 

One of the most successful artists in Latin American history, Luis Miguel is an international Mexican performer who is better known as “El Sol de México” (The Sun of Mexico). Having earned 34 platinum records throughout South and Central America, he was the first Latino artist in the United States to have two Spanish-language albums go platinum. Miguel also has sold-out the National Auditorium in Mexico City 230 times over 20 years.

Luis Miguel

The Mandalay Bay Events Center will continue its Mexican Independence Day celebration with an extraordinary line up of concerts including:

 

Juan Gabriel: Sunday, Sept. 13
Marc Anthony & Carlos Vives:  Monday, Sept. 14
Alejandro Fernandez: Tuesday, Sept. 15

 

About Live Nation Las Vegas:
Live Nation Entertainment (NYSE: LYV) is the world’s leading live entertainment company comprised of global market leaders: Ticketmaster, Live Nation & House of Blues Concerts, LN Media and Artist Nation Management.  Live Nation Las Vegas brings world-famous artists to many of the city’s premiere concert venues including Mandalay Bay Events Center, MGM Grand Garden Arena, MGM Resorts Village, The Axis at Planet Hollywood, Pearl Concert Theater at the Palms, House of Blues and more.

 

For additional information, visit: www.livenationentertainment.com
Follow us on Twitter at:  @LiveNationVegas
Find us on Facebook at:  www.facebook.com/LiveNationVegas

 

About Mandalay Bay Events Center:
The Mandalay Bay Events Center is a multi-purpose arena home to World Championship Boxing, premier concerts and special events.  With seating for as many as 12,000, the Events Center offers excellent sightlines and state-of-the-art lighting and sound.  Prominent events have included concerts such as Justin Timberlake, KISS, Taylor Swift, Kenny Chesney, Alicia Keys, Rihanna, Christina Aguilera, Katy Perry, John Mayer, Metallica, Ozzy Osbourne, Alejandro Fernandez and David Foster & Friends.  World championship boxing events have featured fighters including Oscar De La Hoya, Manny Pacquiao, Floyd Mayweather, Shane Mosley and Bernard Hopkins.  The Mandalay Bay Events Center also is home to multiple Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) events throughout the year and the annual Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas Auction.

2014 BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS ANNOUNCE WINNERS AT STAR-STUDDED EVENT WITH SHOW-STOPPING PERFORMANCES

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2014 BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS ANNOUNCE WINNERS
AT STAR-STUDDED EVENT WITH SHOW-STOPPING PERFORMANCES

A History-Making Michael Jackson Experience Topped an Evening with
World Premiere Performances and Special Appearances
Honoring Music’s Best and Brightest

The 2014 Billboard Music Awards, hosted by musician and actor Ludacris, made television history on Sunday night with a show bursting with never-before-seen superstar duos, explosive premiere performances and a once-in-a-lifetime Michael Jackson experience.  The show aired live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on ABC.

Justin Timberlake was the night’s big winner, taking home 7 awards including Top Artist, Top Male Artist, Top Billboard 200 Artist, Top Radio Songs Artist, Top R&B Artist, Top Billboard 200 Album, and Top R&B Album.  Timberlake also took the lead in Album award wins with two. The record breaking summer hit “Blurred Lines” won the most Song categories with 4 wins in Top Hot 100 Song, Top Digital Song, Top Radio Song, and Top R&B Song. Imagine Dragons followed Timberlake with 5 artist awards including Top Duo/Group, Top Hot 100 Artist, Top Rock Artist, Top Rock Album and Top Streaming Song (Audio).  Pharrell Williams, Robin Thicke and T.I. each won 4 awards throughout the night as well.

The show opened with international superstars Jennifer Lopez, Pitbull and Claudia Leitte debuting their official 2014 FIFA World Cup song “We Are One (Ole Ola).”  The stage filled with colorful images of the worlds’ flags as the three stars were joined by dancers, drummers and flag girls to share this new anthem with the crowd.  In addition to kicking off the night’s musical performances, Lopez was honored with the prestigious ICON Award, making her the first woman in the four years of its existence, to receive the award for their remarkable and enduring contribution to popular music.

Television history was made with a thrilling, multi-dimensional dance performance of Michael Jackson’s “Slave to the Rhythm” during which fans experienced the groundbreaking magic and fantasy we know to expect from the greatest entertainer of all time.  The performance was created for fans by the Estate of Michael Jackson to capture the essence, the excitement and the magic that Jackson embodied.  Produced by the Estate and Pulse Evolution, it took over a year, and a team of 104 cast and crew, to create this one-of-a-kind full stage experience to showcase all that Michael was.

Milestone Award winner Carrie Underwood and Miranda Lambert made the television debut of their yet-to-be released new duet “Somethin’ Bad,” while Iggy Azalea and Ariana Grande performed their chart-topping single “Problem,” surrounded by a spirited cheerleading squad.  Azalea also performed her hit “Fancy.”

The evening featured special performances by Australian pop-punk band 5 Seconds of Summer who made their U.S. television performance debut with “She Looks So Perfect,” which hit No. 9 on the Billboard Hot 200 Chart.  Luke Bryan made a surprise appearance during country duo Florida Georgia Line’s performance of “This Is How We Roll,” before taking to the stage solo to perform his own “Play It Again.” Imagine Dragons performed “Tiptoe,” from their multi-platinum album “Night Visions” and took home the second most awards of any artist of the night with five.

Jason Derulo owned the stage during a performance of his hit “Talk Dirty,” which reached No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 list. John Legend sang his soulful “All of Me,” Robin Thicke delivered a heartfelt “Get Her Back”, and rock band OneRepublic pumped the crowd up with their hit “Counting Stars,” which has spent an impressive 47 weeks on the charts. Katy Perry sang “Birthday,” another television first, while Cyrus made her television debut performance of “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds” featuring The Flaming Lips.  Lorde sang Billboard Adult Pop chart-topping hit “Tennis Court”, and Shakira sang a spicy rendition of her song “Empire.”  Lopez also sang her newest single off her upcoming tenth album, “First Love.”  Also debuting music from the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Ricky Martin sprang up through the stage floor to perform his new single “Vida,” which got everyone in the audience up on their feet.

See below for a full list of winners.

ARTIST AWARDS

Top Artist:
Justin Timberlake

Top New Artist:
Lorde

Top Male Artist:
Justin Timberlake

Top Female Artist:
Katy Perry

Top Duo/Group:
Imagine Dragons

Top Billboard 200 Artist:
Justin Timberlake

Top Hot 100 Artist:
Imagine Dragons

Top Digital Songs Artist:
Katy Perry

Top Radio Songs Artist:
Justin Timberlake

Top Touring Artist:
Bon Jovi

Top Social Artist:
Justin Bieber

Top Streaming Artist:
Miley Cyrus

Top R&B Artist:
Justin Timberlake

Top Rap Artist:
Eminem

Top Country Artist:
Luke Bryan

Top Rock Artist:
Imagine Dragons

Top Latin Artist:
Marc Anthony

Top Dance/Electronic Artist:
Daft Punk

Top Christian Artist:
Chris Tomlin

ALBUM AWARDS

Top Billboard 200 Album:
Justin Timberlake “The 20/20 Experience”

Top R&B Album:
Justin Timberlake “The 20/20 Experience”

Top Rap Album:
Eminem “The Marshall Mathers LP 2”

Top Country Album:
Luke Bryan “Crash My Party”

Top Rock Album:
Imagine Dragons “Night Visions”

Top Latin Album:
Marc Anthony “3.0”

Top Dance/Electronic Album:
Daft Punk “Random Access Memories”

Top Christian Album:
Alan Jackson “Precious Memories: Volume II”

SONG AWARDS

Top Hot 100 Song:
Robin Thicke Featuring T.I. & Pharrell “Blurred Lines”

Top Digital Song:
Robin Thicke Featuring T.I. & Pharrell “Blurred Lines”

Top Radio Song:
Robin Thicke Featuring T.I. & Pharrell “Blurred Lines”

Top Streaming Song (Audio):
Imagine Dragons “Radioactive”

Top Streaming Song (Video):
Miley Cyrus “Wrecking Ball”

Top R&B Song:
Robin Thicke Featuring T.I. & Pharrell “Blurred Lines”

Top Rap Song:
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Featuring Ray Dalton “Can’t Hold Us”

Top Country Song:
Florida Georgia Line Featuring Nelly “Cruise”

Top Rock Song:
Lorde “Royals”

Top Latin Song:
Marc Anthony “Vivir Mi Vida”

Top Dance/Electronic Song:
Avicii “Wake Me Up!”

Top Christian Song:
Matthew West “Hello, My Name Is”

The 2014 Billboard Music Awards is produced by dick clark productions.  Allen Shapiro and Mike Mahan are Executive Producers.  Larry Klein, Barry Adelman and Mark Bracco are Producers. For additional information on the “2014 Billboard Music Awards” visit us at www.billboardmusicawards.com or the Billboard hub at www.billboard.com/bbma.

For additional news and exclusive content, follow @OfficialBBMAs #BBMAs on Twitter, like us on Facebook  and join the conversation on Instagram and YouTube.

ABOUT BILLBOARD
Billboard is the world’s most influential music brand, built on the most complete and well respected database of charts across all music genres. The Billboard charts define success in music. From the iconic Billboard magazine to Billboard.com which is the ultimate consumer-facing destination for millions of passionate music fans, to the industry’s most elite conference series and influencer events including the Power 100 and Women in Music  the Billboard brand has unmatched authority among fans, artists and the industry alike.

ABOUT “2014 BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS”
The “2014 Billboard Music Awards” are set to return to ABC and will be broadcast live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, May 18 at 8:00pm ET/PT. The show will showcase this year’s hottest and biggest music stars.  Billboard Music Awards finalists are based on key fan interactions with music, including album and digital singles sales, radio airplay, touring, streaming and social interactions on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, VEVO, Spotify and other popular online destinations for music. These measurements are tracked year-round by Billboard and its data partners, including Nielsen Entertainment and Next Big Sound. The awards are based on the reporting period of March 11, 2013 through March 9, 2014.  The “2014 Billboard Music Awards” is produced by dick clark productions. Allen Shapiro and Michael Mahan are Executive Producers. Larry Klein, Barry Adelman and Mark Bracco are Producers.

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.

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“SPF Powered by Radio.com” presented by The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas and CBS RADIO on 8/17; Tix on sale 7/26

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“SPF POWERED BY RADIO.COM” PRESENTED BY
THE COSMOPOLITAN OF LAS VEGAS AND CBS RADIO ON SATURDAY, AUG. 17

ROBIN THICKE, JASON DERULO AND SAMMY ADAMS HEADLINE SUMMER MUSIC SPECTACULAR LIVE FROM THE BOULEVARD POOL

Breakout pop artists Robin Thicke, Jason Derulo and Sammy Adams have been named as the main acts of the inaugural Summer Pool Fiesta (SPF) concert powered by Radio.com at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas on Saturday, Aug. 17.  With the Las Vegas Strip as the background, the luxury resort’s Boulevard Pool will play host to the star-studded event.  Fans can watch a live broadcast of SPF streaming on Radio.com and YouTube beginning at 8:00PM, PT.

CBS RADIO stations nationwide will award hundreds of listeners complimentary access to the show, with many receiving a trip to Las Vegas with superior travel and accommodations at The Cosmopolitan, and exclusive access on-site at SPF. Tickets for the concert go on sale Friday, July 26 at 10:00AM, PT and are available online at www.cosmopolitanlasvegas.com or through Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000.  General admission tickets are $35 (plus applicable taxes and services charges). A limited number of premium cabanas are also available by emailing NightlifeMarketing@cosmopolitanlasvegas.com or by calling 702.698.7778. SPF is an all-ages show.  Guests must be 21+ to reserve a cabana.

Born in Los Angeles, the award-winning multiplatinum superstar Robin Thicke taught himself to play piano at the age of 12 and by 16 was writing and producing songs for artists including Brandy, Color Me Badd, and Brian McKnight.  By the age of 21, he had written and produced songs on over 20 gold and platinum albums including those from Michael Jackson, Marc Anthony, Pink, Christina Aguilera, and others.

Thicke’s recently released single, “Blurred Lines,” features T.I. and Pharrell, is a bona fide worldwide smash, having reached No.1 in 80 countries to date. The track is the first single from Thicke’s sixth studio album, which is due to be released this summer and has already crossed a number of radio formats.  He has toured with Beyonce and Mary J Blige, and been honored with the VH1 Soul/Vibe award for “Best Breakthrough Artist,” as well as received nominations from BET, MTV, and the American Music Awards.

Two albums in from bursting on the scene in 2009, Jason Derulo has sold over 15 million tracks domestically with almost 10 billion in cumulative radio audience and nearly 700 million views on his YouTube channel due to a string of Top 10 singles: “Watcha Say,” “In My Head,” “Ridin’ Solo,” “Don’t Wanna Go Home” and “It Girl.”

The talented performer has sealed his reputation as a global chart-topping star. He was a five-time winner at the BMI Pop Awards, including being honoured as “Songwriter of the Year” in 2011.  Derulo has also received a string of nominations including nods from the Teen Choice Awards, the MTV Europe Music Awards, the MOBO Awards and others.

His third album, Tattoos, hits stores this fall.  The lead-single, “The Other Side,” is produced by Ammo (Katy Perry, Ke$ha) and Martin Johnson (Taylor Swift, Hot Chelle Rae, Hannah Montana, The Used), and became the No. 1 most added record on the Top 40 charts in 2013 with over 120 adds across the country in its first week: just 25 stations short of the all-time record set by former touring mate Lady Gaga.  The track is currently Top 5 at mainstream radio across the United States, and an international success, as well.

From Cambridge, Mass., 25-year-old rising artist Sammy Adams stormed the music scene with his major-label debut single “Blow Up,” a hypnotic head-nodding beat looking at what life is like for this young musician.  Adams began to write rhymes and create beats while in high school, but it was at Trinity College that he came up with the idea for his breakthrough single “I Hate College,” a cheeky remix of Asher’s Roth’s “I Love College.” After Adams’ friend posted it on his blog in August 2009, the track spread like wildfire among students across the Northeast and he began booking shows at colleges who were impressed with the new talent.

Adams built such a sizable following through touring that his independently released album Boston’s Boy shot to the top of the iTunes Hip-Hop/Rap chart on its first day out in March 2010.  In September 2010, Adams released his first mixtape, Party Records, a seamless blend of dubstep, bass music, and electro-house with beats by Rusko, Deadmau5, Bassnectar, and other EMD giants. He went on to open for such artists as Kid Cudi, Drake, Nicki Minaj, LMFAO, Ludacris, and J. Cole, and performed 180 headlining shows in the U.S. and Canada over the past year.

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About Radio.com
Radio.com is CBS RADIO’s online and mobile destination for the best in music, sports, talk and news programming, More than just live streaming of 350+ stations, Radio.com presents original shows, live and on-demand concerts and events, breaking news, exclusive editorial features and storytelling, and access to some of the biggest names and personalities in the industry.  Radio.com is available online or by downloading the app for a variety of mobile devices.

 

About The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas features artists at the forefront of the touring world and emerging artists that will inspire the next musical movements coupled with spectacularly-designed, technology-driven venues. The excitement of live-music and sports action spills onto the casino floor from Book & Stage, an upscale sports and entertainment lounge, while live DJs fill the rhythmic and vibrant hot-spot BOND with the best in house-music. Finally, The Chandelier, a dramatic inhabitable three-story architectural wonder, created by 2 million luminous crystals, houses three unique bar experiences: high-energy hot spot, sophisticated cocktail retreat and inviting lounge.

TUNE-IN: ACM Presents Lionel Richie & Friends In Concert – 4.13 on CBS

On Monday, April 2nd, ACM PRESENTS: Lionel Richie and Friends – In Concert was taped at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.  The special concert event of country music collaborations with the legendary Lionel Richie will air Friday, April 13, 2012 on the CBS Television Network (9:00-11:00 PM ET/PT).

The special features duets from Richie’s latest album Tuskegee, out now, along with solo performances.  Some of Richie’s greatest hits were performed by today’s hottest artists including Jason Aldean (“Say You Say Me”), Luke Bryan (“Running with the Night”), Sara Evans and Marc Anthony (“Endless Love”), Martina McBride (“Still”), The Band Perry (“Penny Lover”) and Lady Antebellum (“Truly”).  Duets with Richie included: “My Love” with Kenny Chesney, “Sail On” with  Tim McGraw, “Hello” with Jennifer Nettles, “Lady” with Kenny Rogers, “Stuck On You” with Darius Rucker, “Brick House” with Big & Rich and “Dancin’ On The Ceiling” with Rascal FlattsNicole Richie joined her dad at the piano for a very special moment in the show.

About ACM PRESENTS: Lionel Richie and Friends – In Concert

The ACM PRESENTS: Lionel Richie and Friends – In Concert special will feature country music collaborations with the legendary Lionel Richie featuring duets and solo performances with some of today’s most incredible country artists.  The show is produced for television by dick clark productions and will air 9:00-11:00 PM ET/PT on Friday, April 13, 2012 on the CBS Television Network.  Orly Adelson and R.A. Clark are executive producers.  Barry Adelman is producer, and Bob Bardo is the executive in charge of production. Bob Romeo is executive producer for the Academy of Country Music.  Ticket sales from the special will benefit ACM Lifting Lives. For more information, log onto www.ACMLiftingLives.org or www.ACMcountry.com.

 

 

 

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ACM Lionel Richie & Friends In Concert / Airs 4/13 on CBS

MARC ANTHONY, DARIUS RUCKER AND BIG & RICH JOIN
JASON ALDEAN, LUKE BRYAN, KENNY CHESNEY, SARA EVANS,
MARTINA McBRIDE, TIM McGRAW, JENNIFER NETTLES, KENNY ROGERS,
THE BAND PERRY, LADY ANTEBELLUM AND RASCAL FLATTS
TO PERFORM AT
ACM PRESENTS: LIONEL RICHIE AND FRIENDS – IN CONCERT

TO AIR FRIDAY, APRIL 13, 2012 ON THE CBS TELEVISION NETWORK

 

The Academy of Country Music and dick clark productions announced today that Marc Anthony, Darius Rucker and Big & Rich will complete the all-star lineup of artists scheduled to perform at the ACM PRESENTS: Lionel Richie and Friends – In Concert taping Monday, April 2, 2012 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.  The special will air Friday, April 13, 2012 on the CBS Television Network.

 

ACM Presents: Lionel Richie and Friends – In Concert is a special concert event of country music collaborations with the legendary Lionel Richie, featuring duets from his latest album Tuskegee, out now, along with solo performances.  Some of Richie’s greatest hits will be performed by today’s hottest artists including Jason Aldean (“Say You Say Me”), Luke Bryan (“Running with the Night”), Sara Evans and Marc Anthony (“Endless Love”), Martina McBride (“Still”), The Band Perry (“Penny Lover”), Big & Rich (“Brick House”) and Lady Antebellum (“Truly”).  Duets with Richie include: “My Love” with Kenny Chesney, “Sail On” with  Tim McGraw, “Hello” with Jennifer Nettles, “Lady” with Kenny Rogers, “Stuck On You” with Darius Rucker, “Dancin’ On The Ceiling” with Rascal Flatts and more surprises.

 

Ticket proceeds from ACM Presents: Lionel Richie and Friends – In Concert will benefit ACM Lifting Lives, which works to improve lives through music.

 

About Lionel Richie

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

 

By defying boundaries, blending genres and ignoring trends to remain true to his heart, the gifted storyteller has shaped popular culture as his music has served as the soundtrack of several generations worldwide.  His music has remained at the forefront of his fans’ milestone moments – first kisses, first wedding dances, first break-ups and first children.  It’s impossible to separate those memories and his music because they are inextricably intertwined.

 

About ACM PRESENTS: Lionel Richie and Friends – In Concert

The ACM PRESENTS: Lionel Richie and Friends – In Concert special will feature country music collaborations with the legendary Lionel Richie featuring duets and solo performances with some of today’s most incredible country artists.  The show is produced for television by dick clark productions and will air 9:00-11:00 PM ET/PT on Friday, April 13, 2012 on the CBS Television Network.  Orly Adelson and R.A. Clark are executive producers.  Barry Adelman is producer, and Bob Bardo is the executive in charge of production. Bob Romeo is executive producer for the Academy of Country Music.  Ticket sales from the special will benefit ACM Lifting Lives. For more information, log onto www.ACMLiftingLives.org or www.ACMcountry.comor follow us on Twitter at @ACMawards for more immediate updates.

47th Annual ACM AWARDS Presenters Release #2

MARC ANTHONY, ASHTON KUTCHER, JAKE OWEN, GRACE POTTER,
LeANN RIMES, AND ELI YOUNG BAND TO PRESENT AT THE
47th ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC® AWARDS
COUNTRY MUSIC’S PARTY OF THE YEAR®

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

The Academy of Country Music announced today that Marc Anthony, Ashton Kutcher, Jake Owen, LeAnn Rimes, Grace Potter, and Eli Young Band are scheduled to present as part of the 47th ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS. The ceremony, which honors country music’s top talent as well as the industry’s hottest emerging artists, is produced for television by dick clark productions and will be broadcast LIVE from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas Sunday, April 1, 2012 at 8:00 PM live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network.

 

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

 

Presenters:

Marc Anthony has sold over 11 million albums worldwide, making him one of the most influential artists of his time and a true ambassador of Latin music and culture. He has been awarded countless Standard gold and platinum certifications from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). The list of Grammy accolades began with a 1998 Grammy for Best Latin/Tropical Performance for “Contra La Corriente,” followed with a 1999 Grammy for Song of the Year for “Dimelo.” Driven in part by the crossover success of his smash single “I Need to Know (Dimelo),” “Marc Anthony,” his English language debut album, helped usher in 1999’s Latin pop explosion, and went on to achieve triple platinum status in the U.S. And, in 2005 Marc Anthony went home double fisted with a Grammy for Best Latin Pop Album of the Year for “Amar Sin Mentiras” and another Grammy for Best Tropical Album of the Year for “Valio la Pena.”

 

Marc has also established a highly credible acting résumé and may be seen in Martin Scorsese’s “Bringing Out the Dead” (1999); opposite Selma Hayak in the Showtime original film, “In the Time of the Butterflies” (2001); and appears with Denzel Washington and Christopher Walken in director Tony Scott’s “Man On Fire” (2004). He also appeared in the 1997 Paul Simon musical, “The Capeman.” Marc Anthony starred as the Puerto Rican salsa pioneer Héctor Lavoe, with Jennifer Lopez as Puchi, in the biopic, “El Cantante,” directed by Leon Ichaso. The Dolphins minority owner was recognized with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute in Washington D.C. in September 2009.

 

Ashton Kutcher – an actor, producer and co-founder of Katalyst, a new breed of media company – first gained recognition as Michael Kelso on the comedy series, “That 70’s Show,” which aired for eight seasons.  Kutcher went on to star in a variety of box office hits on the big screen, including “What Happens In Vegas” with Cameron Diaz, “The Guardian” with Kevin Costner, “Valentine’s Day,” “No Strings Attached,”  with Natalie Portman and the cult hit, “Dude, Where’s My Car?”  For television, Kutcher has served as co-creator and producer of MTV’s hit series, “Punk’d,” and The CW’s reality series “Beauty and the Geek” and “True Beauty.”

In 2010, Kutcher’s company, Katalyst was named one of the year’s Top 50 Most Inspiring Innovators by Ad Age and one of Fast Company Magazine’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies. Katalyst, creates original digital media, television and film.   Katalyst is driving a radical shift in the way content is created and consumed, celebrating the social connection between the viewer and the brand.  Katalyst film credits include “The Butterfly Effect,” “Guess Who,” “Killers” and “No Strings Attached.” Television property credits include the hit series “Punk’d,” “Beauty and the Geek” and “True Beauty.”  Digital Media properties include programming for major brands such as the Levi’s Curve ID campaign, winner of the 2011 OMMA Award for Best Integrated Online Fashion Campaign, Nikon “The Chase,” Mountain Dew “DEWmocracy” and United Nations “Malaria No More.”

Jake Owen became a star so quickly that he didn’t have time to memorize any Country Music Rule Book – which made it that much easier to toss it out the window. Guided by sheer musical instinct, a drive for self-improvement and a willingness to experiment, the singer-songwriter has crafted Barefoot Blue Jean Night as one of the most innovative and refreshing country collections of the year. The CD’s title tune as well as his latest single “Alone with You” have both hit #1 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart. Jake will be on the road this summer on the ‘Brothers of the Sun’ Tour starring Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw, featuring Grace Potter and The Nocturnals. The stadium tour kicks off on June 2 in Tampa, FL.

First-time ACM nominee, Grace Potter, is nominated three times for “You And Tequila” with Kenny Chesney, in the Single Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Vocal Event of the Year categories.  Grace Potter & The Nocturnals’ fourth studio album, for Hollywood Records, The Lion The Beast The Beat, will be released June 12. Grace and her band will join Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw and Jake Owen for the “Brothers of the Sun” summer stadium tour beginning June 2 in Tampa, Fl.

 

LeAnn Rimes has sold more than 37 million albums, won two Grammy® Awards, three Academy of Country Music Awards and 12 Billboard Music Awards. Rimes is the youngest recipient of a Grammy® Award, and was also the first country recording artist to win in the “Best New Artist” category. Rimes has placed 42 singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, 13 of which are top-10 hits, and has scored numerous hit singles in her career, including “Cant’ Fight the Moonlight” which went to #1 in 11 countries, and “How Do I Live,” which is the second largest charting song ever on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Rimes is as an accomplished actress and author, including writing two children’s books Jag and Jag’s New Friend, as well as the novel, Holiday in Your Heart and the inspirational book What I Cannot Change.

Eli Young Band’s first #1 smash, “Crazy Girl,” has been certified PLATINUM with sale of nearly 2 million downloads and was named Billboard’s “#1 Country Song of The Year.” The official video for the song has tracked over 10 million views on YouTube alone.  The band’s current single “Even If It Breaks Your Heart” just entered the Top 20 and is the fastest rising single of their career, surpassing the pace of “Crazy Girl.” The band’s 3 ACM Award nominations are for Vocal Group of the Year as well as both Single of the Year and Song of the Year.  Their first Republic Nashville album, LIFE AT BEST, debuted at #3 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart and #6 on the Billboard 200. It came in at #1 on the iTunes Country Albums Chart and #2 on the iTunes All Genre Chart just behind Jay Z/Kanye West and Adele. EYB has received praise in The New York Times, People, Associated Press, American Songwriter, The New Yorker, USA Today, New York Post, Billboard and Country Weekly. They have sold out venues from California to Rhode Island on their headlining “Keep On Dreamin’ Tour.

About the Academy of Country Music Awards

The 47th Academy of Country Music Awards is dedicated to honoring and showcasing the biggest names and emerging talent in the country music industry.  The show is produced for television by dick clark productions and will be broadcast LIVE from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas Sunday, April 1, 2012 at 8:00 PM live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network.  Orly Adelson and R.A. Clark are executive producers.  Barry Adelman is producer, and Bob Bardo is the executive in charge of production. Bob Romeo is executive producer for the Academy of Country Music.  For more information, please visit www.acmcountry.com.