03/10/2011

GARY LeVOX, BLAKE SHELTON & DAVE BUTZ ARE TOPS AT NRA COUNTRY/ACM CELEBRITY SHOOT

The first-ever NRA Country/ACM Celebrity Shoot, hosted by Blake Shelton, took 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 also co-hosted the Awards alongside Reba.

The NRA Country/ACM Celebrity Shoot was a 13-station, 50-target sporting clays competition for 19 teams of five shooters-including a celebrity captain-with prizes going to the top three teams.  Rascal Flatts' frontman Gary LeVox and the CPrime Team took first place; Shelton and the Starstruck Team took second; Dave Butz and the Washington Redskins Team took third.  The event took place at Nellis Air Force Base. 

Additional celebrity participants included Jessie Abbate, Lee Brice, Ayla Brown, Luke Bryan, Craig Campbell, Randy Couture, Sarah Darling, Due West, Matt Duff, Edens Edge, Brett Eldredge, Andy Griggs, Julie Ingram, Justin Moore, Montgomery Gentry, Craig Morgan, Jake Owen, Sunny Sweeney, Josh Thompson, Storme Warren, Chuck Wicks and more.

"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.