Breaking: ACM Announces Awards Date, Show Hosts

Country Music’s Party of the Year®, the 47th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards 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. The show 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 simultaneously with the Awards at the Mandalay Bay Events Center. Performances by ZBB and others to be announced, taking place at the ACM Fan Jam will be shown during the awards telecast.

Additionally, the Academy and dick clark productions will tape an all-star concert special, ACM Presents: Lionel Richie and Friends—A Lifetime of Hits, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena Monday, April 2 to air at a later date on CBS. Guests include Jason Aldean, The Band Perry, Kenny Chesney, Lady Antebellum, Martina McBride, Rascal Flatts, Kenny Rogers and many more. Tickets sales from the event will benefit ACM Lifting Lives, which works to improve lives through music.

The Academy will announce its full schedule of The Week Vegas Goes Country® events in the upcoming weeks.

Professional Members of the ACM can purchase tickets beginning at 10:00 AM (PT) on Tues., Jan. 17 through Fri., Jan. 20 by visiting www.ACMcountry.com and clicking the “GET TICKETS” link.

Details on the events and tickets at www.ACMcountry.com. Those who join the ACM A-List will receive a pre-sale code for tickets and information on discounted room rates at MGM Grand and Mandalay Bay.

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