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

FINAL LINE-UP OF PERFORMERS AND PRESENTERS FOR THE

47TH ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS

TELECAST TO AIR LIVE FROM MGM GRAND IN LAS VEGAS

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

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

 

Presenters:Marc Anthony

Beth Behrs

Zac Brown (appearance from Mandalay Bay)

Brantley Gilbert (appearance from Mandalay Bay)

Hunter Hayes (appearance from Mandalay Bay)

Liam Hemsworth (appearance from Mandalay Bay)

LL Cool J

Ashton Kutcher

Scotty McCreery (appearance from Mandalay Bay)

Nancy O’Dell

Jake Owen

Grace Potter

Lionel Richie

LeAnn Rimes

Taylor Swift

The Band Perry

Eli Young Band

KISS

Sugarland (appearance from Mandalay Bay)

Thompson Square

Performers:

Jason Aldean

Dierks Bentley

Luke Bryan

Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw

Eric Church

Sara Evans

Brantley Gilbert (performance at Mandalay Bay)

Hunter Hayes (performance at Mandalay Bay)

Toby Keith with Special Guests

Miranda Lambert

Martina McBride and Pat Monahan

Scotty McCreery (performance at Mandalay Bay)

Brad Paisley

Blake Shelton and Lionel Richie

Carrie Underwood

Keith Urban

Chris Young

The Band Perry

Lady Antebellum

Little Big Town (Lifting Lives Moment)

Rascal Flatts and Steve Martin

Zac Brown Band (performance at Mandalay Bay)

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

ACM AWARDS PRESENTERS ANNOUNCEMENT

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

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

The Academy of Country Music announced today that Zac Brown, Brantley Gilbert, Liam Hemsworth, LL COOL J, Scotty McCreery, The Band Perry, KISS, Sugarland, and Thompson Square are scheduled to present as part of the 47th ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS. The ceremony, which honors country music’s top talent as well as the industry’s hottest emerging artists, is produced for television by dick clark productions and will be broadcast LIVE from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas Sunday, April 1, 2012 at 8:00 PM live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network.

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

Presenters:

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

LL COOL J:  is an entertainment icon who has found great success crossing into multiple mediums.  A two-time Grammy® Award winner, recording artist, talented actor, author, NAACP Image Award winner, entrepreneur and philanthropist, LL continues to display his wide range of talents with every project.  First introduced to the world in 1984 as a Def Jam Records flagship artist, LL is the first rap artist to amass ten consecutive platinum-plus selling albums.  The multi-platinum artist and two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominee is currently tied for third place for most Billboard chart debuts by a rapper.  As an actor, LL COOL J has successfully transitioned to one of the consistently highest rated shows on television. He currently stars in the CBS hit primetime drama series, “NCIS: LOS ANGELES” and his performance on the show garnered him a NAACP Image Award in 2011 and 2012 for his role of ‘Special Agent Sam Hanna.’

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

About the Academy of Country Music Awards

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

 

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

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

LIONEL RICHIE AND TAYLOR SWIFT SCHEDULED AS PRESENTERS

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

 

The Academy of Country Music announced today that Dierks Bentley and Brad Paisley are scheduled to perform as part of the 47th ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS.  In addition, Lionel Richie and Taylor Swift are scheduled as presenters. The ceremony, which honors country music’s top talent as well as the industry’s hottest emerging artists, is produced for television by dick clark productions and will be broadcast LIVE from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas Sunday, April 1, 2012 at 8:00 PM live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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