ACM Plans Awards, Brooks And Dunn Tribute

brooksdoneReba McEntire will return as host of the Academy of Country Music Awards on Sun., April 18. The 45th annual event will be held at the Las Vegas MGM Grand Garden Arena for the fifth year in a row and air live on CBS.

rebaThe following day (4/19) the Academy will honor Brooks & Dunn with an all-star concert special featuring Kenny Chesney, McEntire, Rascal Flatts, Carrie Underwood, and Keith Urban, with more to be added. As country music’s best selling duo prepares for their summer farewell tour, the ACM will present Brooks & Dunn with the Milestone Award. ACM Presents: Brooks & Dunn – The Last Rodeo will also be taped for television at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

Both shows are produced for television by dick clark productions and will air on CBS. Nearly 15 million viewers tuned in to last year’s Awards, a 21% increase over the previous year.

Tickets for both events go on sale Jan. 15, 2010. For event and ticket information, log onto www.acmcountry.com. Tickets sales from ACM Presents: Brooks & Dunn – The Last Rodeo will benefit ACM Lifting Lives, the charitable arm of the Academy of Country Music, which works to improve lives through music.

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