01/12/2012

47th ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC® AWARDS HOSTED BY REBA & BLAKE SHELTON TO BE BROADCAST LIVE FROM THE MGM GRAND GARDEN ARENA

2nd ANNUAL ACM FAN JAM
HOSTED BY ZAC BROWN BAND
REMOTE INTO THE 47th ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS & POST-AWARD CONCERT
FROM THE MANDALAY BAY EVENTS CENTER
SUNDAY, APRIL 1, 2012


LIONEL RICHIE COLLABORATES WITH JASON ALDEAN, THE BAND PERRY, KENNY CHESNEY, LADY ANTEBELLUM, MARTINA McBRIDE, RASCAL FLATTS, KENNY ROGERS & MORE IN ACM PRESENTS: LIONEL RICHIE AND FRIENDS IN CONCERT, CONCERT SPECIAL TO BE TAPED AT THE MGM GRAND GARDEN ARENA IN LAS VEGAS MONDAY, APRIL 2, 2012

(TO BE BROADCAST AT A LATER DATE ON CBS)
TICKETS FOR ALL EVENTS ON SALE JANUARY 25, 2012!

ENCINO, CA (January 10, 2012) – Country Music’s Party of the Year®, the 47th ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS, honoring country music’s best and introducing the industry’s hottest emerging talent, will be broadcast LIVE from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas Sunday, April 1st, 2012 at 8:00 PM live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network. The show is produced by dick clark productions and will be hosted for the second consecutive year by Reba and Blake Shelton.

The 2nd Annual ACM Fan Jam, hosted by Zac Brown Band, will take place at the Mandalay Bay Events Center Sunday, April 1st, 2012. This live remote location gives country music lovers the ultimate fan-pass to be part of the 47th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards! Throughout the three-hour Awards telecast from the MGM Grand Garden Arena, there will be live ACM Fan Jam performances, via remote, from the Mandalay Bay Events Center by Zac Brown Band and other top-tier music acts, to be announced at a later date. The ACM Fan Jam includes a profusion of entertainment, prizes and special giveaways only for attendees, including autographed guitars, trip packages to country music events and merchandise. The ACM Fan Jam continues after the Awards telecasts ends, with performances by Zac Brown and friends. Details will be announced soon. The inaugural ACM Fan Jam, hosted by Sugarland, took place in 2011.

Additionally, the Academy and dick clark productions will tape an all-star concert special, ACM PRESENTS: Lionel Richie and Friends In Concert, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena Monday, April 2nd, 2012, to air at a later date on the CBS Television Network. This country collaboration with the legendary Lionel Richie, featuring duets from his upcoming album Tuskegee along with solo performances, will include some of Richie’s greatest hits performed by Jason Aldean, The Band Perry, Kenny Chesney, Lady Antebellum, Martina McBride, Rascal Flatts, Kenny Rogers and many more. Tickets sales from ACM PRESENTS: Lionel Richie and Friends - A Lifetime of Hits will benefit ACM Lifting Lives, which works to improve lives through music. For more information, log onto

www.ACMLiftingLives.org or www.ACMcountry.com.

For event updates, ticket on-sale dates and hotel information, please visit www.ACMcountry.com. Country fans may sign up for the ACM A-List for FREE at www.ACMcountry.com. ACM A-Listers will receive the ticket purchase pre-sale code and information on discounted room rates at MGM Grand and Mandalay Bay, based on availability. The Academy will announce its full schedule of The Week Vegas Goes Country® events in the upcoming weeks.

ACM PROFESSIONAL MEMBER TICKET ON-SALE: Professional Members of the ACM can purchase tickets beginning at 10:00 AM (PT) on Tuesday, January 17, 2012 through Friday, January 20, 2012 by visiting www.ACMcountry.com and clicking the “GET TICKETS” link.

ACM A-LIST MEMBER TICKET PRE-SALE: ACM A-List Members can purchase tickets in a special pre-sale beginning at 10:00 AM (PT) on Friday, January 20, 2012 through Tuesday, January 24, 2012 by visiting www.Ticketmaster.com and searching “ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC.” The pre-sale code will be emailed to all A-List Members prior to the on-sale date.
GENERAL PUBLIC TICKET ON-SALE: Tickets will go on-sale to the general public at 10:00 AM (PT) on Wednesday, January 25, 2012 at www.Ticketmaster.com.

Once again, CBS RADIO's 13 iconic country music stations in major markets across the country will support the CBS Television Network's broadcast of the ACM Awards through a variety of programming initiatives on-air, online and on site.

For more information on the ACM Awards and all ACM events, visit www.ACMcountry.com, like us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter at @ACMawards for more immediate updates!
MEDIA: Credential applications to cover the Awards in Las Vegas will become available immediately following the nominations, details to be announced, at www.ACMcountry.com via the “Media Center” tab.

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.

Media Contacts:
Academy of Country Music Brooke Primero
Ph 818.788.8000 brooke@acmcountry.com

CBS Television
Andrea Ballas
Ph 323.575.2858 andrea.ballas@cbs.com
dick clark productions Lynda Dorf
Ph 310.255.4650 ldorf@dickclark.com

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MGM Resorts International Public Relations Scott Ghertner
Ph 702.650.7565 sghertner@mgmresorts.com