03/14/2011

FAN VOTING FOR ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR AND NEW ARTIST AWARDS POWERED BY THE RAM TRUCK BRAND IS NOW OPEN FOR THE 46th ANNUAL AC

Country Music Fans Have the Power to Vote for Entertainer of the Year and New Artist By Logging On NOW at www.VoteACM.com

TELECAST TO AIR LIVE FROM THE MGM GRAND IN LAS VEGAS
Sunday, April 3, 2011 at 8:00 PM live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network

ENCINO, CA (March 14, 2011) — The RAM Truck Brand and the Academy of Country Music announced today that Entertainer of the Year and New Artist fan voting will be powered by the RAM Truck Brand, for the second year in a row.  Country music fans everywhere have the power to choose the Academy of Country Music’s Entertainer of the Year and New Artist by casting their votes now on www.VoteACM.com. The winners will be announced live on the 46th ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS, to be broadcast from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Sunday, April 3 (8:00 – 11:00 PM, live ET/delayed PT) on the CBS Television Network. This year, for the first time ever, the ACM Awards will feature the ACM RAM Red Carpet to welcome country’s biggest stars to the show. 

“The Ram Truck Brand is proud to partner with the Academy of Country Music for their 46th Award ceremony.  Ram trucks and country music go together like jeans and cowboy boots,” said Fred Diaz, President and CEO, Ram Truck Brand and Head of U.S. Sales, Chrysler Group LLC.  “We are excited to find out who Ram Truck and country fans will select as their choice for Entertainer of the Year and New Artist. We congratulate everyone who has been nominated.”

“The Academy is thrilled to have the RAM Truck Brand back again for the second year to help country music fans elect the Entertainer of the Year,” said Bob Romeo, Chief Executive Officer of the Academy of Country Music.

Entertainer of the Year and New Artist fan voting – powered by the RAM Truck Brand – will provide fans the opportunity to vote for the Academy’s most prestigious award, Entertainer of the Year, for which Jason Aldean, Toby Keith, Miranda Lambert, Brad Paisley, Taylor Swift and Keith Urban are nominated, as well as the New Artist award, for which The Band Perry and Eric Church will compete. Fan voting for Entertainer of the Year and New Artist is open now at www.VoteACM.com.  New Artist voting will close at 5 p.m. PT on April 3 (before the LIVE show starts) and Entertainer of the Year voting will close during the third hour of the LIVE broadcast.

Country music fans will also have the chance to win** a trip for two to next year’s ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS or drive away in a 2011 RAM Truck by entering the RAM Truck Brand’s Enter-To-Win sweepstakes. To enter and for more information on the sweepstakes, please visit www.VoteACM.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.

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The Ram Truck brand added to its award-winning truck lineup with the introduction of the 2010 Ram 2500 and 3500 Heavy Duty trucks. Ram heavy-duty trucks provide customers with first-time innovations and features along with new standards of strength, utility and driveability, building on the Ram's leadership in the heavy-duty pickup segment.

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