NBC’s Annual ‘Christmas In Rockefeller Center’ Welcomes The Holiday Season With Star-Studded Musical Telecast On Wednesday, Nov. 30

NBC’S ANNUAL ‘CHRISTMAS IN ROCKEFELLER CENTER’ WELCOMES THE HOLIDAY SEASON WITH STAR-STUDDED MUSICAL TELECAST ON WEDNESDAY, NOV. 30

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CHRISTMAS IN ROCKEFELLER CENTER — Pictured: “Christmas in Rockefeller Center” Logo — (Photo by: NBCUniversal)

Dolly Parton, Tony Bennett, Neil Diamond, Josh Groban, Tori Kelly, Sarah McLachlan, Jordan Smith, Garth Brooks & Trisha Yearwood and the Radio City Rockettes Set to Perform

NBC celebrates the lighting of the world’s most famous Christmas tree with “Christmas in Rockefeller Center” on Wednesday, Nov. 30 (8-9 p.m. ET).

NBC’s “Today” anchors Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie, Al Roker and Hoda Kotb will host the broadcast from New York City’s Rockefeller Center. The special will feature dazzling holiday performances from Dolly Parton, Tony Bennett, Neil Diamond, Josh Groban, Tori Kelly, Sarah McLachlan, Jordan Smith, Garth Brooks & Trisha Yearwood, the Radio City Rockettes and more.

Prior to the primetime telecast, an additional live hour of the special will be broadcast on select NBC stations (7-8 p.m. ET). Check local listings.

The 84th annual tree lighting will feature a 94-foot tall, 56-foot wide Norway spruce from Oneonta, N.Y. It is approximately 90 years old, weighs approximately 14 tons, and will be decorated with more than 50,000 multi-colored LED lights.

For the eighth consecutive year, “Green Is Universal” — NBCUniversal’s sustainability initiative in partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation — will kick off its annual tree-planting campaign during the “Christmas in Rockefeller Center” broadcast. This year viewers can “Share a Tree” to a national forest, by using #ShareATree or visiting www.greenisuniversal.com to create and share an animated holiday story. Each action will contribute to the Arbor Day Foundation’s tree-planting efforts, funded by a $25,000 donation from NBCUniversal.

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CHRISTMAS IN ROCKEFELLER CENTER — Pictured: Christmas Tree — (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC)

ABOUT THE HOSTS:
Matt Lauer has been co-anchor of NBC News’ “Today” since January 1997. During his tenure, Lauer has conducted numerous remarkable and newsmaking interviews, including President Barack Obama, former President George W. Bush, Prince William and Prince Harry of Wales, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Capt. Richard Phillips. He has covered countless breaking news events, traveled to 49 different locations in his trademark “Where in the World Is Matt Lauer” series, and has anchored from the past eight Olympic Games. www.twitter.com/MLauer

Savannah Guthrie is the co-anchor of NBC News’ “Today” as well as NBC News’ chief legal correspondent. Since joining “Today,” she has conducted a wide range of exclusive interviews with newsmakers, including President Barack Obama, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Samantha Power and former U.S. Representative Gabby Giffords. Guthrie has anchored major breaking news events, including the Boston Marathon bombing, the Charlie Hebdo shooting in Paris and the 2013 Moore, Okla., tornado. As part of her work on “Today,” she received a 2011 Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Morning Show. www.twitter.com/SavannahGuthrie

Al Roker has been the weather and feature anchor on NBC News’ “Today” since January 1996. Since July 2009 he has been co-host of the morning show “Wake Up with Al” on the Weather Channel. New York magazine has twice named Roker Best Weatherman. He serves as host of “The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade,” the “Rose Bowl Parade” and appears on various specials on NBC. As CEO of Al Roker Entertainment, he produces programming for traditional TV networks as well as OTT and digital platforms. www.twitter.com/alroker

Hoda Kotb is the co-host of the fourth hour of “Today,” alongside Kathie Lee Gifford. Kotb has also been a “Dateline” correspondent since April 1998 and covered a variety of domestic and international stories, as well as human-interest pieces and features across all NBC News platforms. Since Gifford and Kotb teamed up in 2008, the fourth hour of “Today” has been hailed as “appointment television” by Entertainment Weekly, “uproarious and irresistible” by People, and “Today’s happy hour” by USA Today. Kotb is a New York Times Bestselling author for her book “Hoda: How I Survived War Zones, Bad Hair, Cancer and Kathie Lee.” www.twitter.com/hodakotb

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ABOUT THE PERFORMERS:

DOLLY PARTON
An internationally renowned superstar, the iconic Dolly Parton has contributed countless treasures to the world of music entertainment, penning classic songs such as “Jolene,” “Coat of Many Colors,” “Here You Come Again” and her mega-hit “I Will Always Love You.” Parton is the most honored female country performer of all time, achieving 25 RIAA certified gold, platinum and multi-platinum awards, 41 career top 10 country albums, seven Grammy Awards, 10 Country Music Association Awards, five Academy of Country Music Awards and three American Music Awards. In 1999, Parton was inducted as a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame. Following last year’s holiday special, 2016’s “Dolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love” will air Wednesday, Nov. 30 at 9 p.m., and will unveil the next chapter in the life of young Dolly. www.twitter.com/DollyParton

TONY BENNETT
No one in popular American music has recorded for so long and at such a high level of excellence than Tony Bennett. With millions of records sold worldwide and platinum and gold albums to his credit, Bennett has received 19 Grammys and the Grammy Lifetime Award. His initial successes came via a string of Columbia singles in the early 1950s, including such chart-toppers as “Because of You,” “Rags to Riches” and a remake of Hank Williams’ “Cold, Cold Heart.” He had 24 songs in the Top 40, including “I Wanna Be Around,” “The Good Life,” “Who Can I Turn To (When Nobody Needs Me)” and his signature song,” I Left My Heart in San Francisco,” which garnered him two Grammy Awards. In celebration of Bennett’s 90th birthday this year, NBC will air the two-hour special “Tony Bennett Celebrates 90: The Best Is Yet to Come” Tuesday, Dec. 20 at 9 p.m. A companion CD, “Tony Bennett Celebrates 90,” featuring the musical performances from the NBC special will be released Dec. 16 and Bennett’s latest book “Just Getting Started” will be released Nov. 15. www.twitter.com/itstonybennett

NEIL DIAMOND
Throughout an illustrious and wide-ranging musical career, Neil Diamond has sold more than 125 million albums worldwide and has charted 37 Top 40 singles and 16 Top 10 albums both in the U.S. and internationally. A Grammy Award-winning artist, Diamond is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Songwriters Hall of Fame and a recipient of the Sammy Cahn Lifetime Achievement Award, one of the highest honors bestowed upon songwriters. Diamond’s many other achievements include a Golden Globe Award, 13 Grammy nominations and 2009’s NARAS’s MusiCares Person of the Year award. In October, Diamond released his holiday collection “Acoustic Christmas,” featuring new recordings of holiday favorites and original tracks by Diamond. www.twitter.com/neildiamond

JOSH GROBAN
Josh Groban is an internationally renowned singer, songwriter and actor whose baritone voice is instantly recognizable and unparalleled among his peers. He has entertained fans across the globe with his multiplatinum albums and DVDs (selling more than 30 million worldwide), electrifying live performances, and comedic film and television appearances. Groban is the only artist who has had two albums land on Billboard’s list of 20 bestsellers of the last 10 years. In 2015, Groban released his seventh studio album, “Stages” — a collection of some of the greatest musical theater songs of all time, which Groban describes as “gorgeously arranged songs that have stood the test of time.” Groban is currently starring as “Pierre” in the new Broadway musical “Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812.” www.twitter.com/joshgroban

TORI KELLY
The 2016 Best New Artist Grammy Award-nominated singer-songwriter and producer has been hailed as an “Artist to Watch” by Rolling Stone, USA Today and Spin. The California native sold out her U.S. tour in support of her debut album, “Unbreakable Smile,” which debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 and includes the hits “Nobody Love” and “Should’ve Been Us.” “Unbreakable Smile” was reissued with two additional tracks: “Hollow,” which topped the Top 25 on pop radio and climbed on the Rhythmic charts, and a brand new song, “Something Beautiful.” This December, Kelly stars as Meena in the event film “Sing,” from Illumination Entertainment and Universal Pictures, alongside Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Seth MacFarlane and Scarlett Johansson. www.twitter.com/torikelly

SARAH MCLACHLAN
Sarah McLachlan is one of the most celebrated singer songwriters with more than 40 million albums sold worldwide. She is an eight-time Juno Award winner and a three-time Grammy Award winner. McLachlan’s landmark fifth album, the 10x-platinum “Surfacing,” contained two Grammy–winning tracks: “Building a Mystery” and “Last Dance.” In October, McLachlan released her holiday collection, “Wonderland,” featuring collaborations with Emmylou Harris, Martha Wainwright, Canadian quartet Half Moon Run and the Bulgarian Symphony Orchestra. www.twitter.com/SarahMcLachlan

JORDAN SMITH
Jordan Smith showed the world his musical gift in 2015 when he became the bestselling artist in the history of “The Voice” and the winner of season nine. Smith’s honesty made history. Not only did he cement himself as “The Voice’s” biggest seller, moving 1.5 million singles in six months, but he launched eight songs to the Top 10 of iTunes— the first artist from any season to hit the iTunes Top 10 every single week of the Live Rounds. He also became one of two “The Voice” artists to notch three #1’s during the show’s season. This year Smith released his debut album, “Something Beautiful,” via Republic Records in March and his holiday album, “Tis the Season,” in October. www.twitter.com/JordanSmithLive

GARTH BROOKS & TRISHA YEARWOOD
Garth Brooks is the first artist in history to receive seven Diamond Awards for the now seven albums certified by the RIAA at over 10 million album sales each and remains the #1-selling solo artist in U.S. history certified by the RIAA with more than 138 million album sales. Along with wife and platinum-selling, multiple Grammy-, CMA- and ACM-wining artist Trisha Yearwood, Brooks is currently on the three-year Garth Brooks World Tour with Yearwood, which began with 11 sold-out shows in the Allstate Arena in Chicago and, in year two, is approaching 5 million tickets sold, making it the biggest tour in the world. The duo will release their first-ever duets collaboration, “Christmas Together,” by Pearl Records later this month. www.twitter.com/garthbrooks; www.twitter.com/trishayearwood

THE RADIO CITY ROCKETTES
Embraced by generations of families, the “Christmas Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettes” is a one-of-a-kind tradition where the unmistakable spirit of Christmas in New York comes alive. The 2016 production of the “Christmas Spectacular,” which runs Nov. 11- Jan. 2, features stunning Rockettes dance numbers, spectacular costumes and state-of-the-art technology. The Radio City Rockettes are a legendary dance company and have been a part of the fabric of New York City for decades. Since their debut in the “Christmas Spectacular” in 1933, the Rockettes have danced into the hearts of millions and spread joy to people of all ages. Their precision technique continues to inspire fans of all ages and their talent and athleticism is unrivaled. www.twitter.com/rockettes

“Christmas in Rockefeller Center” is produced by Brad Lachman Productions with Lachman serving as executive producer. Bill Bracken produces.
For more information on “Christmas in Rockefeller Center,” visit nbc.com/christmas-in-rockefeller-center and the NBC Universal Media Village website at www.nbcumv.com.
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Kenny G Set To Host Musicians Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony & Concert at Nashville Municipal Auditorium on Oct. 26

Kenny G Set To Host Musicians Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony & Concert at Nashville Municipal Auditorium on Oct. 26

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The 2016 Musicians Hall of Fame™ Induction Class includes Garth Brooks & The G-Men, Don Felder, Ricky Skaggs, Sigma Sound Studio Rhythm Section, Lou Bradley, Mark Miller, Jerry Reed, Allen Reynolds, Ron “Snake” Reynolds and Joe Tarsia

One of the most iconic and best-selling instrumental musicians of all time, Kenny G is set to host the 2016 Musicians Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Concert. The show will take place Wed., Oct. 26 at historic Nashville Municipal Auditorium beginning at 7pm. This spectacular evening of recording history and music pays tribute to some of modern music’s most revered musicians, the artists often behind the scenes. Tickets are available here.

The 2016 Musicians Hall of Fame™ Induction Class includes Garth Brooks & The G-Men (Bruce Bouton, Mark Casstevens, Mike Chapman, Rob Hajacos, Chris Leuzinger, Milton Sledge, Bobby Wood), Don Felder (formerly of The Eagles) for the Iconic Riff Award for “Hotel California,” Musician Jerry Reed, Musician Ricky Skaggs, Musicians from the Sigma Sound Studio Rhythm Section (Ronnie Baker, Tommy Bell, Roland Chambers III, Charles Collins, Bobby Eli, Dennis Harris, Norman Harris, Vince Montana, Lenny Pakula, T.J. Tindall, Larry Washington, Jimmie Willams, Earl Young), Producer Award to Allen Reynolds, and Engineer Awards to Lou Bradley, Mark Miller, Ron Reynolds and Joe Tarsia.

Performing will be GRAMMY Award winners Peter Frampton and Trisha Yearwood with 2016 inductee Don Felder. GRAMMY Award winner Steve Wariner will pay tribute to the late Jerry Reed. GRAMMY Award winner Bruce Hornsby will join GRAMMY Award winner and 2016 inductee, Ricky Skaggs. Also performing will be Russell Thompkins, JR. of The Stylistics, taking the stage with the Sigma Sound Studio Inductees.

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About Kenny G:
In January 2015, Kenny G reached another career milestone with the release of his fourteenth studio album Brazilian Nights via Concord Records. Since releasing his self-titled debut disc in the fall of 1982, Kenny G has become the biggest selling instrumental musician of the modern era and one of the best-selling artists of all-time with global sales totaling more than 75 million records. Seven of his singles have hit the Top-40 on the Billboard Hot 100. He has also been ranked as one of the most-played artists in the Adult Contemporary format – with nine top ten singles.

About the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum:
From Jimi Hendrix to Hank Williams, the Musicians Hall of Fame celebrates the achievements of musicians from virtually every decade since the golden era of studio recording, starting in the 1950s, and from every corner of the country. With education being paramount, each section of the museum focuses on an important city in the history of American music – including but not limited to Detroit, Los Angeles, Muscle Shoals, Atlanta, Memphis, and Nashville, and explores each area’s contributions.The museum focuses on the session musicians who may not be well known to the public, but played on thousands of iconic recordings. The Induction Ceremony and Concert honors new members, nominated by the American Federation of Musicians and other music industry professionals, and ensures the continued growth of the Musicians Hall of Fame. The GRAMMY Museum Gallery™ is an interactive music space, which permanently opened at the Musicians Hall of Fame in April 2016.The Musicians Hall of Fame has been awarded many accolades including a Music City Brand Champion by the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp., TripAdvisor Certificates of Excellence, and has been covered in national outlets such as The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Chicago Tribune, The Washington Post, ABC News, San Francisco Chronicle, Rolling Stone, and National Geographic Travel. For additional information, please call (615) 244-3263or visit www.musicianshalloffame.com. For exclusive content, follow @mhfm on Twitter, @musicianshalloffame on Instagram, or like ‘Musicians Hall of Fame’ on Facebook.

Kenny G On Tour:
Nov 28 – Florida Theatre Jacksonville, Fla.
Nov 29 – King Center for the Performing Arts Melbourne, Fla.
Nov 30 – The Plaza Live Orlando, Fla.
Dec 1 – Parker Playhouse Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
Dec 2 – Kravis Center Dreyfoos Hall West Palm Beach, Fla.
Dec 3 – Youkey Theatre Lakeland, Fla.
Dec 5 – Ryman Auditorium Nashville, Tenn.
Dec 7 – Wellmont Theatre Montclair, N.J.
Dec 8 – Shubert Theatre Boston, Mass.
Dec 9 – Mt. Airy Casino Resort Mount Pocono, Pa.
Dec 10 – Golden Nugget Atlantic City Atlantic City, N.J.
Dec 11 – Theatre At Westbury Westbury, N.Y.
Dec 13 – Riviera Theatre & Performing Arts Center North Tonawanda, N.Y.
Dec 14 – Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield, Ohio
Dec 15 – Genesee Theatre Waukegan, Ill.
Dec 16 – Gallagher Bluedorn Cedar Falls, Iowa
Dec 17 – J. Scheidegger Center for the Arts Saint Charles, Mo.

Charlie Daniels, Fred Foster and Randy Travis Inducted Into Country Music Hall of Fame

CHARLIE DANIELS, FRED FOSTER AND
RANDY TRAVIS INDUCTED INTO
THE COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME

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TRACE ADKINS, GARTH BROOKS, BRANDY CLARK, ALAN JACKSON, JAMEY JOHNSON, KRIS KRISTOFFERSON, CHARLIE McCOY, BRAD PAISLEY, DOLLY PARTON, TRISHA YEARWOOD, AND ANDREA ZONN AMONG ALL-STAR CAST PAYING MUSICAL TRIBUTES TO INDUCTEES

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Three visionary iconoclasts, whose creative skills altered the direction of commercial country music, were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame during a star-studded, profoundly emotional Medallion Ceremony on October 16, 2016.

Hosted by Country Music Hall of and Museum CEO Kyle Young and held in the museum’s CMA Theater, the annual ceremony paid tribute to country rock pioneer Charlie Daniels; music producer, publisher and Monument Records founder Fred Foster; and neo-traditional singer Randy Travis with speeches, live musical tributes and original video biographies. The artists paying tribute crossed generations and styles, underscoring the eclectic nature and groundbreaking stature of the three men being inducted.

“These three Tar Heels came to Tennessee and created music that enriched our lives and enhanced our culture,” said Young. “We are better for their presence and for their talents, and we are proud to hang their plaques in the Hall of Fame Rotunda.”

Musical tributes, with surprise guests, are a highlight of the Medallion Ceremony. Foster’s celebration began with Dolly Parton performing her first hit, “Dumb Blonde,” produced by Foster and released on Monument Records.

“If anybody deserves one of these medallions, you do.” Parton said to Foster. “You gave me a shot, and you were a gentleman when Porter Wagoner stole me away. You saw things in me that nobody else did. I hope that I made you proud.”

Whenever she reflects on the blessings bestowed upon her, Parton said, “I thank God. I thank the fans. And I thank you.”
Grammy-winning songwriter Brandy Clark performed “Blue Bayou,” which Foster originally produced with Orbison. Linda Ronstadt later transformed the song into a pop classic.

Kris Kristofferson, the last of Foster’s tribute performers, walked out with harmonica specialist and fellow Country Music Hall of Fame member Charlie McCoy to perform a touching version of his famous song, “Me and Bobby McGee.” The song’s inspiration, former Music Row office worker Barbara McKee (now Barbara McKee Eden by marriage), was in the audience.

A Hall of Fame member always inducts the newcomers, as a way of welcoming them to the elite group. Foster requested that Hall of Fame member Vince Gill make his induction official.

To begin the musical tribute to Daniels, Young spoke of the important role producer and record executive Bob Johnston, who died in 2015, played in the new inductee’s career. Johnston and Daniels co-wrote “It Hurts Me,” and Daniels moved to Nashville in 1967 at Johnston’s invitation.

Trisha Yearwood began the musical tribute to Daniels with a soulful version of “It Hurts Me,” recorded by Elvis Presley in 1964. Getting a cut by Presley was the first major breakthrough in Daniels’s career.

Jamey Johnson performed Daniels’ 1980 hit “Long Haired Country Boy.” With his hair several inches beyond his shoulders and a beard that reached his chest, Johnson said, “I started singing this song when I was in the marines. I didn’t have long hair then.”

For the last of the musical tributes to Daniels, Grand Ole Opry star Trace Adkins and fiddler Andrea Zonn took the stage to perform “The Devil Went Down to Georgia.” “I got the hardest song to do,” Adkins said with a wry smile, before nailing the vocals. Zonn played the difficult fiddle parts with stunning virtuosity, drawing an ovation from Daniels who pointed at her as she bowed toward him.

Hall of Fame member Brenda Lee inducted Daniels.

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Alan Jackson began the musical tributes to Randy Travis by explaining that he moved to Nashville in 1985 with the goal of bringing real country music back to the airwaves. “Nobody was carrying it on,” he said, but shortly after he got to town, Jackson heard Travis on the radio. “You opened the doors for a lot of guys and girls who wanted to record real country music,” Jackson said. “You made it easier for us.” Jackson went on to perform “On the Other Hand.”

Brad Paisley followed Jackson with a performance of “Forever and Ever, Amen.” Paisley noted that, in previous generations, there were country artists who emulated Roy Acuff, Lefty Frizzell, George Jones, Merle Haggard and Buck Owens. “And there’s Randy, for my generation.” Addressing Travis directly, he continued: “To this day, you are still one of the greatest singers we’ve ever had. I am honored to do this for you today, pal.”

For the final musical tribute of the evening, Garth Brooks performed Travis’ hit “Three Wooden Crosses.” Following his performance Brooks welcomed Travis into the Hall of Fame. Tribute performers don’t usually do the induction as well but the Hall of Fame honored Travis’s request that Brooks take that role.

To accept his induction, Travis took small steps up the four stairs, fighting the effects of his stroke with help from his wife Mary and from Paisley, who came out from backstage to assist him. At the podium, he stood next to his wife as she read what he wanted to say.

She recounted the tragic circumstances of Travis’s stroke, which nearly took his life in 2013. “The doctors suggested we pull the life support,” said Mary. “I went to his bedside and asked if he wanted to fight some more. I knew he did. He squeezed my hand, and a little tear fell down his cheek. He and God had other plans.”

Doctors told the couple that Travis would never walk again and would be bed-ridden. Standing onstage he accentuated how he beat the odds.

Despite Travis’s ongoing struggle to speak, Mary and her husband sing every day. “Sometimes we sing the greatest redemption song of all time, and it fills us with God’s grace,” she said. That song is ‘Amazing Grace.’”

Mary Travis said that, for the first time since his stroke, she wanted to share her husband’s voice with those gathered to celebrate this special occasion. Her voice breaking with emotion, she said, “Please join us in singing ‘Amazing Grace.’”

Travis leaned into the microphone, his baritone voice strained but instantly recognizable. As he sang the first verse to a stunned crowd, many were too overcome with emotion to sing along. Taking more effort to speak than to sing, “Thank you,” Travis said, and after pausing for a breath, “for everything you’ve done.”

A thunderous standing ovation lasted for minutes, longer than any of the numerous ovations of the night.

The audience at the private celebration was packed with Hall of Fame members, who welcomed the new inductees to their exclusive club. Hall of Famers in attendance were Alabama members Jeff Cook, Teddy Gentry and Randy Owen, Bobby Bare, Harold Bradley, Garth Brooks, Roy Clark, Ralph Emery, Vince Gill, Kris Kristofferson, Brenda Lee, Charlie McCoy, Oak Ridge Boys members Duane Allen, Joe Bonsall, William Lee Golden and Richard Sterban, Dolly Parton, Charley Pride and E. W. “Bud” Wendell.

The evening ended, as always, with a performance of “Will the Circle Be Unbroken.” Museum employee, ace guitarist Ben Hall, and harmonica maestro Charlie McCoy started the song, performing a verse and chorus while Hall of Fame members gathered at the front of the stage. The Oak Ridge Boys and Charlie Daniels took turns singing the verses, with the audience, the night’s guest performers, and the Hall of Famers joining in on the choruses.

For a complete wrap-up of last night’s show click here. Follow @countrymusichof on Twitter and join the conversation using
#honorthymusic.

Las Vegas Brings Garth Brooks for a Country 4th of July Weekend

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This weekend, Las Vegas will gear up for the ultimate red, white and blue weekend with legendary country superstar Garth Brooks. Performing at the T-Mobile Arena July 2-4, guests can enjoy non-stop holiday festivities throughout Las Vegas’ newest neighborhood, including The Park and Toshiba Plaza.

Below are some patriotic activities both travelers and locals alike can participate in this 4th of July weekend:

  • Dance with All-American Garth Brooks – The new T-Mobile Arena will host an anticipated weekend of concerts by country star Garth Brooks. The 20,000-seat venue features luxurious suites and more than two dozen private loge boxes to watch the concert in style. Feast on a variety of food options ranging from a hand-carved pork Hoisin Bahn Mi, to a made-to-order Ahi Tuna Poke Bar, or hang out in elusive Club lounges featuring craft beer, duck fat frites and artisanal charcuterie.

 

  • Party In the U.S.A. at Toshiba Plaza – Bust out those patriotic colors to enjoy live bands on two interactive stages in Toshiba Plaza before Garth takes the stage. This pre-game party will also include a pre-purchased autograph signing by Trisha Yearwood, highlighting her new cookbook. No 4th of July is complete without fireworks, so there will be an unforgettable post-show fireworks display each night Garth performs.

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  • Saddle Up to The Park – Before bombs burst in air, guests can head to The Park, the indoor/outdoor dining and entertainment district neighboring T-Mobile Arena, for engaging entertainment nightly and festive décor. Visitors can also stop for a pre-Garth bite at Beerhaus, The Park’s original and energetic American beer hall concept. The beer garden’s offerings include 4th of July favorites such as slow-roasted shaved beef sandwiches, Beerhaus brat sausage or classic American beers on tap.

GRAMMY AWARD WINNER SEAL CAST AS PONTIUS PILATE IN “THE PASSION”

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GRAMMY AWARD WINNER SEAL CAST AS PONTIUS PILATE IN
“THE PASSION”
 
Inspirational Television Event Airs LIVE From New Orleans on
Palm Sunday, March 20, on FOX

Grammy Award-winning recording artist and singer/songwriter Seal has been cast in the role of Pontius Pilate in THE PASSION, a two-hour epic musical event airing LIVE from New Orleans on Palm Sunday, March 20 (8:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) on FOX. Seal joins previously announced host and narrator Tyler Perry, and cast members Jencarlos Canela (Jesus Christ), Chris Daughtry (Judas), Prince Royce (the disciple Peter) and Trisha Yearwood (Mary, the mother of Jesus).

THE PASSION, written by Peter Barsocchini (“High School Musical”), tells the 2000-year-old story of the last hours of Jesus Christ’s life on earth through passages from the Bible and a variety of contemporary popular music, sung by the cast, and arranged specifically for this event by executive producer and hit music producer Adam Anders (“Glee,” “Rock of Ages”). Set in modern day, the event will follow the dramatic and inspirational story of Jesus of Nazareth, as he presides over the Last Supper, and then is betrayed by Judas, put on trial by Pontius Pilate, convicted, crucified and resurrected.

The event will unfold live at some of New Orleans’ most iconic locations, while featuring a procession of a thousand people carrying a 20-foot, illuminated cross from outside the Mercedes Benz Superdome to the live stage at Woldenberg Park on the banks of the Mississippi River.

Since the beginning of his career, London-born multi-Platinum singer-songwriter Seal has been focused on a single creative pursuit: expressing the full experience of love through song. An established superstar, with worldwide album sales exceeding 30 million of his eight studio albums, Seal’s inimitable voice was first heard on Adamski’s 1991 club smash, “Killer,” followed by his Top 10 hit, “Crazy.” On the heels of his stunning debut album, he went on to win the prestigious BRIT Award for “Best British Male” in 1992, while hits like “Kiss From a Rose,” memorably included on the “Batman Forever” soundtrack, earned him multiple Grammy Awards and global esteem. In November, Seal released his ninth album, “7,” which reunites him with his longtime collaborator, producer Trevor Horn.

 

THE PASSION is produced by dick clark productions, Eye2Eye Media and Anders Media. Allen Shapiro (CEO, dick clark productions), Mike Mahan (President, dick clark productions), Mark Bracco (Executive Vice President, Programming and Development, dick clark productions), Jacco Doornbos (CEO and Creative Director of Eye2Eye Media), Adam Anders (CEO, Anders Media Inc.) and David Grifhorst (“The Passion: Netherlands”) will serve as executive producers. Robert Deaton (“CMA Awards”) also will serve as executive producer and showrunner.

Like THE PASSION on Facebook at facebook.com/FOXTV and facebook.com/ThePassionLive Follow the event on Twitter @FOXTV and @ThePassionLive, and join the discussion using #ThePassionLive. See photos and videos on Instagram @FOXTV/ and @ThePassionLive.

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

About Eye2Eye Media
Jacco Doornbos is CEO and Creative Director of Eye2Eye Media, a content-driven international television and cross-media company based in The Netherlands. Eye2Eye Media has created and produced award-winning scripted and live television events and series formats since the company’s inception in 1998. Its show, “The Passion,” is Holland’s highest-rated live musical television event annually since 2011 and was awarded the prestigious Dutch TV Statue for best entertainment program in 2014. As creator of “The Passion,” Doornbos earned the esteemed J.B.Th Spaan Prize, an award given to one media professional for his or her innovative work every other year. Some of Eye2Eye Media’s other live television event successes include the annual National Christmas Celebration in Amsterdam, “Miss Ability” and the “National Bible Quiz.” Its most successful scripted series include “In Search of God,” “Expedition Unlimited,” “Daddy’s First Steps” and “McDonald’s Kitchen.” Eye2Eye Media formats, documentaries and series have been sold to many territories, including the U.S, U.K, Germany, France, Italy, Denmark, Austria, Belgium, Poland and Australia.

About Anders Media Inc.
Anders Media Inc. was founded in 2012 by Adam Anders and Nikki Anders with the sole purpose of developing and producing music-driven content for TV and film. With more Billboard Hot 100 singles chart entries than any producer in history (217), Adam Anders has sold more than 100 million albums worldwide and created the music for some of the most successful major motion pictures and television shows in entertainment today. His songs have broken music chart records and his work has earned him four Grammy Award nominations, two People’s Choice Awards and an ARIA Award. Anders’ music has been heard in movies and television shows, including “Glee,” “High School Musical 3,” “The Young Victoria,” “Cheetah Girls 3,” “Evan Almighty,” “The Wedding Planner,” “Rugrats In Paris,” “Camp Rock,” “Camp Rock 2,” “Hannah Montana” and “Starstruck,” among many others. He also holds the distinction of having the most singles charting on the Billboard Hot 100 chart of any producer in history. He served as executive music producer for FOX’s hit series, “Glee,” as well as the feature film and soundtrack for “Rock Of Ages,” a project whose original score is by Anders and Peer Astrom, with all songs produced by Anders and Peer Astrom. Anders has established an unparalleled track record of writing and producing some of the world’s most popular songs for both established and developing artists, such as Cee-Lo Green, Tori Kelly, Jonas Brothers, Selena Gomez, Miley Cyrus, Demi Lovato, Backstreet Boys, Clay Aiken, Sheryl Crow, Steven Curtis Chapman, CeCe Winans, Nick Lachey and Ashley Tisdale, among others. Recently, Anders Media Inc. signed an exclusive worldwide agreement with Capitol Music Group to establish their own Deep Well Records as an associated label of Virgin Records, based out of the iconic Capitol Tower in Hollywood.

JENCARLOS CANELA CAST AS JESUS CHRIST AND CHRIS DAUGHTRY TO PLAY THE DISCIPLE JUDAS IN “THE PASSION”

SINGER/SONGWRITER JENCARLOS CANELA CAST AS JESUS CHRIST AND
MULTI-PLATINUM RECORDING ARTIST CHRIS DAUGHTRY TO PLAY
THE DISCIPLE JUDAS IN “THE PASSION”
 
Inspirational Live Television Event Airs Palm Sunday, March 20, on FOX
Singer/songwriter and actor Jencarlos Canela has been cast in the role of Jesus Christ in THE PASSION, a two-hour epic musical event airing LIVE from New Orleans on Palm Sunday, March 20 (8:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) on FOX. Also, singer and actor Chris Daughtry has been tapped to play the disciple Judas. Canela and Daughtry join previously announced host and narrator Tyler Perry and cast members Prince Royce (the disciple Peter) and Trisha Yearwood (Mary, the mother of Jesus).

THE PASSION, written by Peter Barsocchini (“High School Musical”), tells the 2000-year-old story of the last hours of Jesus Christ’s life on earth through passages from the Bible and a variety of popular music, sung by the cast, and arranged specifically for this event by executive producer and hit music producer Adam Anders (“Glee,” “Rock of Ages”). Set in modern day, the event will follow the dramatic and inspirational story of Jesus of Nazareth, as he presides over the Last Supper, and then is betrayed by Judas, put on trial by Pontius Pilate, convicted, crucified and resurrected.

The event will unfold live at some of New Orleans’ most iconic locations, while featuring a procession of hundreds of people carrying a 20-foot, illuminated cross from outside the Superdome to the live stage at Woldenberg Park on the banks of the Mississippi River.

Born and raised in Miami, Jencarlos Canela has starred in multiple TV productions, collaborated with some of the most prestigious musical talents of his time and performed over 200 concerts worldwide. Canela debuted as a theater actor and singer in the 2008 stage musical “Miami Libre” at the Arsht Center for the Performing Arts. His first TV role was in the soap opera “Pecados Ajenos” and soon after, he joined the panel of judges for the popular reality show “Nuestra Belleza Latina.” Canela currently stars in the new comedy series “Telenovela.” On the music front, Canela has collaborated with the likes of Grammy Award-winning songwriter Emilio Estefan, Latin Grammy Award-winning producer Rudy Perez and performing artist Pitbull, among others. His 2009 debut album, “Buscame,” entered the Latin album charts at No. 1 and was certified Gold within weeks of its release. In 2013, Canela was signed as an exclusive artist by Universal Music Records and he released his third and most recent album, “JEN,” in 2014. He is currently in the studio working on his English album debut for Republic Records.

Chris Daughtry is best known as a multi-Platinum artist who emerged from Season Five of AMERICAN IDOL, on which he placed fourth. His eponymously named band has sold more than eight million albums and 16 million singles worldwide, and has been selling out concert venues around the world for almost 10 years. The band has won four American Music Awards, three People’s Choice Awards and has been nominated for four Grammy Awards. At radio, the band has earned four No. 1 singles, including the multi-format No. 1 one song “It’s Not Over.” Daughtry also is an actor, comic book artist and philanthropist. He has appeared in “CSI: NY,” “Riggle’s Picks” and skits for Funny or Die. Alongside DC Comics co-publisher Jim Lee,

Daughtry has been commissioned to pencil the variant cover for “Batman” #50, as part of the promotion for the upcoming release of “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.” His prolific philanthropic pursuits raise tens of thousands of dollars annually for the likes of the USO, Make a Wish Foundation, Alzheimer’s Association, Musicians on Call and Save The Music Foundation.

THE PASSION is produced by dick clark productions. Allen Shapiro (CEO, dick clark productions), Mike Mahan (President, dick clark productions), Mark Bracco (Executive Vice President, Programming and Development, dick clark productions), Jacco Doornbos (CEO and Creative Director of Eye2Eye Media), Adam Anders (CEO, Anders Media Inc.) and David Grifhorst (“The Passion: Netherlands”) will serve as executive producers. Robert Deaton (“CMA Awards”) also will serve as executive producer and showrunner.

Like THE PASSION on Facebook at facebook.com/FOXTV. Follow the event on Twitter @FOXTV, and join the discussion using #ThePassionLive. See photos and videos on Instagram @FOXTV/.

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

About Eye2Eye Media
Jacco Doornbos is CEO and Creative Director of Eye2Eye Media, a content-driven international television and cross-media company based in The Netherlands. Eye2Eye Media has created and produced award-winning scripted and live television events and series formats since the company’s inception in 1998. Its show, “The Passion,” is Holland’s highest-rated live musical television event annually since 2011 and was awarded the prestigious Dutch TV Statue for best entertainment program in 2014. As creator of “The Passion,” Doornbos earned the esteemed J.B.Th Spaan Prize, an award given to one media professional for his or her innovative work every other year. Some of Eye2Eye Media’s other live television event successes include the annual National Christmas Celebration in Amsterdam, “Miss Ability” and the “National Bible Quiz.” Its most successful scripted series include “In Search of God,” “Expedition Unlimited,” “Daddy’s First Steps” and “McDonald’s Kitchen.” Eye2Eye Media formats, documentaries and series have been sold to many territories, including the U.S, U.K, Germany, France, Italy, Denmark, Austria, Belgium, Poland and Australia.

About Anders Media Inc.
Anders Media Inc. was founded in 2012 by Adam Anders and Nikki Anders with the sole purpose of developing and producing music-driven content for TV and film. With more Billboard Hot 100 singles chart entries than any producer in history (217), Adam Anders has sold more than 100 million albums worldwide and created the music for some of the most successful major motion pictures and television shows in entertainment today. His songs have broken music chart records and his work has earned him four Grammy Award nominations, two People’s Choice Awards and an ARIA Award. Anders’ music has been heard in movies and television shows, including “Glee,” “High School Musical 3,” “The Young Victoria,” “Cheetah Girls 3,” “Evan Almighty,” “The Wedding Planner,” “Rugrats In Paris,” “Camp Rock,” “Camp Rock 2,” “Hannah Montana” and “Starstruck,” among many others. He also holds the distinction of having the most singles charting on the Billboard Hot 100 chart of any producer in history. He served as executive music producer for FOX’s hit series, “Glee,” as well as the feature film and soundtrack for “Rock Of Ages,” a project whose original score is by Anders and Peer Astrom, with all songs produced by Anders and Peer Astrom. Anders has established an unparalleled track record of writing and producing some of the world’s most popular songs for both established and developing artists, such as Cee-Lo Green, Tori Kelly, Jonas Brothers, Selena Gomez, Miley Cyrus, Demi Lovato, Backstreet Boys, Clay Aiken, Sheryl Crow, Steven Curtis Chapman, CeCe Winans, Nick Lachey and Ashley Tisdale, among others. Recently, Anders Media Inc. signed an exclusive worldwide agreement with Capitol Music Group to establish their own Deep Well Records as an associated label of Virgin Records, based out of the iconic Capitol Tower in Hollywood.

OVER 20 PRESENTERS ANNOUNCED FOR THE 50TH ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS®

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50TH ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS® ANNOUNCES OVER
20 PRESENTERS FOR COUNTRY MUSIC’S PARTY OF THE YEAR®TROY AIKMAN, BETH BEHRS, CLINT BLACK, LEE BRICE, KELLY CLARKSON,
BRETT ELDREDGE, BRANTLEY GILBERT, MICKEY GUYTON, HUNTER HAYES,
MISS AMERICA 2015 KIRA KAZANTSEV, TAYA KYLE, DR. PHIL MCGRAW, JUSTIN MOORE, NANCY O’DELL, JAKE OWEN, THOMAS RHETT, TONY ROMO, DARIUS RUCKER, STEVEN TYLER, KEITH URBAN, SOFIA VERGARA, REESE WITHERSPOON, JASON WITTEN, TRISHA YEARWOOD, DWIGHT YOAKAM, ALABAMA AND BIG & RICH ADDED TO PRESENT

BROADCAST LIVE FROM AT&T STADIUM IN ARLINGTON, TEXAS
SUNDAY, APRIL 19, 2015 ON THE CBS TELEVISION NETWORK

 

The Academy of Country Music® and dick clark productions announced today that Troy Aikman, Beth Behrs, Clint Black, Lee Brice, Kelly Clarkson, Brett Eldredge, Brantley Gilbert, Mickey Guyton, Hunter Hayes, Miss America 2015 Kira Kazantsev, Taya Kyle, Dr. Phil McGraw, Justin Moore, Nancy O’Dell, Jake Owen, Thomas Rhett, Tony Romo, Darius Rucker, Steven Tyler, Keith Urban, Sofia Vergara, Reese Witherspoon, Jason Witten, Trisha Yearwood, Dwight Yoakam, Alabama, and Big & Rich have been added as presenters for the 50th Academy of Country Music Awards, Country Music’s Party of the Year. The ceremony, co-hosted by Luke Bryan and Blake Shelton, will be broadcast LIVE from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Sunday, April 19, 2015 at 8:00 PM – 11:30PM ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network.

Previously announced performers for the star-studded event include Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Garth Brooks, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Alan Jackson, Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride, Brad Paisley, Reba, Blake Shelton, George Strait, Keith Urban, Brooks & Dunn, Florida Georgia Line, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Rascal Flatts, special duets by Christina Aguilera with surprise artists as well as Nick Jonas with Dan + Shay plus Sam Hunt, Thomas Rhett and Cole Swindell, the nominees for New Artist of the Year Presented by Kohl’s.

Tickets for the 50th ACM Awards® are available at Ticketmaster.com. Tickets to the ACM Awards sold out last spring in a record 18 minutes, but as staging changes became final for the telecast, seats to the previously SOLD OUT Awards have been added. For more information on the ACM Awards and all ACM events, visit www.ACMcountry.com, like us on Facebook, Instagram or follow us on Twitter at @ACMawards for more immediate updates.

About the Academy of Country Music Awards
The 50th 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 AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX on Sunday, April 19, 2015 at 8:00 PM live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network. Allen Shapiro, Mike Mahan, R.A. Clark, Barry Adelman and Mark Bracco are executive producers.  Bob Romeo is executive producer for the Academy of Country Music.

Garth Brooks & Trisha Yearwood to Host ACM Lifting Lives Benefit Gala | April 17 – Dallas/Fort Worth

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GARTH BROOKS AND TRISHA YEARWOOD TO HOST
ACM LIFTING LIVES® “ONE NIGHT, TWO CITIES, ALL MUSIC” BENEFIT GALA
PRESENTED BY MATTRESS FIRM
IN DALLAS AND FORT WORTH, TEXAS ON APRIL 17, 2015

GALA TO FEATURE HEADLINERS KEITH URBAN & LADY ANTEBELLUM
PLUS SPECIAL PERFORMANCES BY HUNTER HAYES AND LITTLE BIG TOWN

ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT’S NANCY O’DELL TO CO-HOST FORT WORTH GALA

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TICKETS AVAILABLE NOW, PROCEEDS TO BENEFIT ACM LIFTING LIVES,
CHILDREN’S HEALTH OF DALLAS AND COOK CHILDREN’S OF FORT WORTH

The Academy of Country Music’s philanthropic arm, ACM Lifting Lives®, announced today that country music luminaries Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood will host its first-ever fundraising gala on April 17, 2015, just two days before the 50th Academy of Country Music Awards. The “One Night, Two Cities, All Music” gala presented by Mattress Firm will consist of two shows taking place simultaneously at the Omni Dallas Hotel and the Fort Worth Zoo. The Omni Dallas Hotel gala will feature headliner and ACM Awards nominees Lady Antebellum, and a special performance by Hunter Hayes. Fort Worth Zoo will feature ACM Awards nominees including headliner Keith Urban, and a special performance by Little Big Town. Nancy O’Dell, Emmy®-award winning journalist and co-host of Entertainment Tonight, will join Brooks and Yearwood to co-host the Fort Worth gala.

 

Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood will alternate between both locations throughout the evening to entertain attendees in Dallas and Fort Worth. A host of celebrities along with prominent music industry and entertainment executives are scheduled to attend. The inaugural gala will kick off with a cocktail reception, followed by a dinner, live auction and a stellar line-up of performances by country music’s most celebrated artists.

 

ACM Lifting Lives will be donating funds raised from the gala to several Texas-based organizations including Garth Brooks’ charity, Teammates for Kids and the Child Life Zones in Children’s Health of Dallas and Cook Children’s of Fort Worth.

 

“The Academy has an almost 50-year history of charitable giving and wonderful relationships with Garth and Trisha. When Garth called about hosting this event, it was the culmination of years of hard work, and furthers the missions of our organizations – healing through the power of music, and improving lives by connecting fans, artists and the industry,” said Bob Romeo, CEO of the Academy of Country Music.

 

“Mattress Firm is passionate about improving lives and we are excited to partner with ACM Lifting Lives and their commitment to help others through music,” said Karrie Forbes, Mattress Firm Foundation Board Member and Chief Marketing Officer of Mattress Firm.

 

The “One Night, Two Cities, All Music” gala is among the highly-anticipated events held during the ACM Awards week culminating with the 50th Academy of Country Music Awards, Country Music’s Party of the Year®. The ceremony, co-hosted by Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan, will broadcast LIVE from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX on Sunday, April 19, 2015 at 8:00 PM live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network.

 

For more information on the gala, including ticket inquiries and sponsorship opportunities, please contact ACM Lifting Lives at gala@acmcountry.com. The “One Night, Two Cities, All Music” gala presented by Mattress Firm is produced by ACM Lifting Lives and Encore Live (www.EncoreLive.com), an event production company based in Fort Worth, Texas.

GARTH BROOKSTRISHA YEARWOOD

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

DAVID NAIL, GEORGE STRAIT, TAYLOR SWIFT & CARRIE UNDERWOOD ADDED AS PRESENTERS

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DAVID NAIL, GEORGE STRAIT, TAYLOR SWIFT & CARRIE UNDERWOOD
ADDED AS PRESENTERS FOR THE
49TH ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS
BROADCAST LIVE FROM THE MGM GRAND GARDEN ARENA IN LAS VEGAS
SUNDAY, APRIL 6, 2014 ON THE CBS TELEVISION NETWORK

The Academy of Country Music and dick clark productions announced today that David Nail, George Strait, Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood have been added as presenters on the 49th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards. The ceremony, which will be co-hosted by Luke Bryan and Blake Shelton, will be broadcast from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 6, 2014 at 8:00 PM live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network.

These artists join previously announced presenters including Thea Andrews, Garth Brooks, Guy Fieri, LL COOL J, Jewel, Olivia Munn, Nancy O’Dell, Chris O’Donnell, Darius Rucker, Clay Walker, Trisha Yearwood and Florida Georgia Line. Performers during the star studded event include Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley with Sheryl Crow, Lee Brice, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Brett Eldredge, Hunter Hayes, Miranda Lambert, Toby Keith, Tim McGraw, Justin Moore, Kip Moore, Brad Paisley, Darius Rucker, Shakira, Blake Shelton, George Strait, Keith Urban, The Band Perry, Florida Georgia Line, Lady Antebellum with legendary musician Stevie Nicks and Rascal Flatts.

For more information on the ACM Awards and all ACM events, visit www.ACMcountry.com , www.ACMAwards.com, like us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter at @ACMawards for more immediate updates.

About the Academy of Country Music Awards
The 49th 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 6, 2014 at 8:00 PM live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network. Allen Shapiro, Mike Mahan, R.A. Clark and Barry Adelman are executive producers. Bob Romeo is executive producer for the Academy of Country Music.

John Mayer to Perform with Brad Paisley at the 48th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards – 4/7

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JOHN MAYER TO PERFORM WITH BRAD PAISLEY
AT THE 48TH ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS

GARY ALLAN, FAITH HILL, SHANIA TWAIN, TRISHA YEARWOOD,
CHRIS YOUNG AND ELI YOUNG BAND ADDED AS PRESENTERS

TELECAST TO AIR LIVE FROM MGM GRAND IN LAS VEGAS
SUNDAY, APRIL 7th AT 8:00 PM LIVE ET/ DELAYED PT ON CBS TELEVISION NETWORK

The Academy of Country Music announced today GRAMMY® Award-winning singer-songwriter John Mayer to perform with Brad Paisley at the 48th ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS. In addition, country superstars Gary Allan, Faith Hill, Shania Twain, Trisha Yearwood, Chris Young and Eli Young Band have been added to present. The ceremony, which will be co-hosted by Luke Bryan and Blake Shelton, honors country music’s top talent, as well as the industry’s hottest emerging artists. It is produced for television by dick clark productions and will be broadcast LIVE from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas Sunday, April 7, 2013 at 8:00 PM live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network.

 

Performers:
Jason Aldean, Garth Brooks, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Kelly Clarkson, Hunter Hayes, Jewel, Miranda Lambert, John Mayer, Tim McGraw, Blake Shelton, George Strait, Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood, Stevie Wonder, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Pistol Annies and The Band Perry. Brad Paisley will headline the 3rd Annual ACM Fan Jam, along with special guests Dierks Bentley, Hunter Hayes, and New Artist of the Year Presented by Kohl’s nominees Brantley Gilbert, Jana Kramer and Florida Georgia Line. 

 

Presenters:
Country music artist Gary Allan, 2 Broke Girls star Beth Behrs, Vegas star Michael Chiklis, Grammy award-winner Sheryl Crow, The Big Bang Theory’s Kaley Cuoco, music star John Fogerty, omg! INSIDER co-anchor Kevin Frazier, country music artist Faith Hill, San Francisco 49ers NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick, country music artists Miranda Lambert, Scotty McCreery and Kacey Musgraves, Entertainment Tonight co-anchor Nancy O’Dell, country music artists Jake Owen, Reba, Shania Twain, Keith Urban, Trisha Yearwood, Chris Young and Eli Young Band, and A&E’s Duck Dynasty stars Willie & Korie Robertson.

 

 

About the Academy of Country Music Awards
The 48th Academy of Country Music Awards is dedicated to honoring and showcasing the biggest names and emerging talent in the country music industry.  The show is produced for television by dick clark productions and will be broadcast LIVE from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas Sunday, April 7, 2013 at 8:00 PM live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network.  Allen Shapiro, Orly Adelson and R.A. Clark 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.