03/10/2011

NRA COUNTRY & ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC PARTNER FOR THE FIRST-EVER NRA COUNTRY/ACM CELEBRITY SHOOT HOSTED BY BLAKE SHELTON

CELEBRITY SPORTING CLAYS SHOOT TO BE HELD ON
SATURDAY, APRIL 2, 2011 IN LAS VEGAS
PART OF THE WEEK VEGAS GOES COUNTRY®

ENCINO, CA (March 10, 2011) – NRA Country and the Academy of Country Music today announced that the first-ever NRA Country/ACM Celebrity Shoot, hosted by Blake Shelton, will take place on Saturday, April 2, 2011 as part of the The Week Vegas Goes Country® – the week leading up to the 46th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards, a star-studded event produced for television by dick clark productions broadcast LIVE from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 3, 2011 at 8:00 PM live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network. Shelton will also co-host the Awards alongside Reba.

The NRA Country/ACM Celebrity Shoot is a 13-station, 50-target sporting clays competition for 20-26 teams of five shooters—including a celebrity captain—with prizes going to the top three teams.  The event will take place at Nellis Air Force Base and will include other celebrity participants to be announced.

“Intertwined in America’s patriotic history is the rich love of country and a love for the outdoors and shooting sports.  NRA Country is proud to continue this tradition at the inaugural NRA Country/ACM Celebrity Shoot bringing together the biggest and brightest stars of country music,” said Wayne LaPierre, spokesperson for NRA Country and CEO of the NRA. “The common bond of pride, freedom and respect for the men and women of our armed forces who protect our American way of life is what inspires this event -- one we are delighted to be part of."

“Country music is a natural interest of many sportsman and outdoor enthusiasts, and the Academy is thrilled to partner with Blake and NRA Country on this event,” said Bob Romeo, Chief Executive Officer of the Academy of Country Music. 

About NRA Country
NRA Country is a collaborative effort between the National Rifle Association and our friends in country music. It exemplifies a lifestyle and a bond between the country music community and hard-working Americans everywhere. This natural partnership celebrates shared values: patriotism, freedom, and pride in America. We celebrate these values with concerts and other events that benefit gun safety programs for kids, youth hunting and education programs, efforts to support our armed services, and other worthy causes. For more information and latest events, please visit: www.nracountry.com.

About the Academy of Country Music Awards
The 46th 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 3, 2011 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.