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Reba, Garth, Kenny & MORE to be Honored with ACM Milestone Awards

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The Academy of Country Music announced today that Garth Brooks, Kenny Chesney, Miranda Lambert, Reba, George Strait, Taylor Swift, and Brooks & Dunn will be honored with the prestigious 50th Anniversary Milestone Award commemorating their groundbreaking career achievements in ACM Awards history. The seven honorees will each receive an exclusive trophy created by renowned jewelry and timepiece designer, David Yurman, during the 50th Academy of Country Music Awards. The ceremony, co-hosted by Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan, will be broadcast LIVE, and as previously announced, extended by half an hour in celebration of its golden anniversary, from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Sunday, April 19th, 2015 at 8:00 PM – 11:30PM ET/delayed PT on CBS.

The Academy of Country Music 50th Anniversary Milestone Award recognizes artists that have advanced the popularity and acceptance of country music by accomplishing milestones unique to the Academy of Country Music, voted on by the ACM Board of Directors.

“The history of the ACM Awards and country music would not be the same without the incredible achievements by these seven superstars,” said Bob Romeo, CEO for the Academy of Country Music. “We are so thankful to David Yurman for partnering with us and creating such a perfectly crafted trophy that memorializes these amazing milestones.”


GARTH BROOKS – Most Awarded ACM Entertainer Of The Year
Brooks has won twenty-one (21) ACM Awards including six (6) ACM Entertainer of the Year trophies, making him the most awarded Entertainer of the Year in the Academy’s history and is nominated again this year in that category. He has also been recognized as ACM Dick Clark Artist of the Decade for the 1990s and received a 40th Anniversary Milestone Award.

KENNY CHESNEY – First Fan-Voted ACM Entertainer Of The Year
Chesney has received eleven (11) ACM Awards including four (4) ACM Entertainer of the Year trophies. In 2008, Chesney became the first artist in Academy history to be named Entertainer of the Year by the fans, who were allowed for the first time that year to cast their votes online for their favorite artist. He also received the Triple Crown Award in 2005, which is the Academy’s recognition for artists who have previously won ACM Awards in all three of the following categories: New Artist; Male/Female Vocalist and/or Vocal Duo/Vocal Group; and Entertainer of the Year.

MIRANDA LAMBERT – Most Awarded Solo Female Artist
Lambert is the Academy’s most awarded solo female artist with a total of eighteen (18) ACM awards. Currently, she holds the record for the most consecutive Female Vocalist wins with five awards. Additionally, Lambert is the most winning Song of the Year solo female artist with three (3) awards, having been honored as the artist for “The House That Built Me,” and as the artist and composer for “Over You.” This year, Lambert leads with eight nominations, including her forth nomination for Entertainer of the Year and ninth consecutive nod for Female Vocalist of the Year.

REBA – Most Awarded ACM Female Vocalist Of The Year
Reba has earned a total of thirteen (13) ACM Awards and is the Academy’s most awarded Female Vocalist of the Year of the past 50 years with seven (7) awards. In addition, Reba has hosted the ACM Awards a record fourteen (14) times spanning over four (4) decades, the most for any host in the Academy’s history. She was also honored in 2011 with a Career Achievement Award for advancing the popularity and acceptance of country music through their endeavors in the entertainment industry.

GEORGE STRAIT – ACM Winner Over Four Decades
Strait, the king of country music, has a remarkable career earning a total of twenty-one (21) ACM Awards spanning the course of four consecutive decades. Having won his first ACM Entertainer accolade for 1989, Strait’s 2013 win in the category gave him the largest span, 24 years, between Entertainer wins in Academy history. He also received the 40th Anniversary Milestone Award in 2005, five (5) Male Vocalist of the Year Awards, and was honored as the ACM Dick Clark Artist of the Decade for the 2000s, being only one of five acts to have received the honor.

TAYLOR SWIFT – Youngest ACM Entertainer Of The Year
Swift has won eight (8) ACM Awards including a Jim Reeves International Award in 2011 for her outstanding contributions to the expansion of country music throughout the world. She earned the Crystal Milestone Award for being the best-selling artist in all genres of music in 2008 and has also won two ACM Entertainer of the Year awards. At the age of 21, Swift became the youngest Entertainer of the Year in the Academy’s history.

BROOKS & DUNN – Most Awarded Artist
Brooks &Dunn, the best-selling duo in country music history, have won the most ACM Awards in the past 50 years with a total of twenty-seven (27) awards including three (3) Entertainer of the Year trophies, and a Triple Crown Award. They also hold the record as the top winning Vocal Duo with sixteen (16) awards, and with the most consecutive Vocal Duo wins with eight (8).

Limited view tickets for the 50th ACM Awards are available NOW at Tickets to the ACM Awards sold out last spring in a record 18 minutes, but as staging changes became final for the telecast, seats to the previously SOLD OUT Awards have been added. For more information on the ACM Awards and all ACM events, visit

Performers Announced for 50th ACM Awards

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The Academy of Country Music and dick clark productions announced the first round of all-star artists who will take the stage at the 50th Academy of Country Music Awards, Country Music’s Party of the Year®. The epic lineup for the Academy’s golden anniversary show includes country icons Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Garth Brooks, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Miranda Lambert, Reba, Blake Shelton, George Strait, Keith Urban, Florida Georgia Line, plus Sam Hunt, Thomas Rhett and Cole Swindell. The ceremony, co-hosted by Luke Bryan and Blake Shelton, will be broadcast LIVE from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Sunday, April 19, 2015 at 8:00 PM – 11:30PM ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network.

Exclusive to the 50th ACM Awards, reigning Entertainer of the Year and Artist of the Decade, George Strait, will debut new music. Also, Reba will be returning to the ACM Awards to perform for the first time in five years on the telecast.

In addition to performing, this year Miranda Lambert leads the ACM Awards with eight (8) nominations.  Dierks Bentley follows with seven (7) nominations, while Florida Georgia Line received five (5) nominations, and Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, as well as Eric Church each earned four (4) nominations.  Jason Aldean was nominated for three (3) awards, Blake Shelton received two (2) nominations, Garth Brooks is nominated for Entertainer of the Year and Keith Urban received a nomination in the Video of the Year category.  This year’s ACM New Artist of the Year Presented By Kohl’s nominees include Sam Hunt, Thomas Rhett and Cole Swindell.

Ticket packages for the 50th ACM Awards are available NOW at Tickets to the ACM Awards sold out last spring in a record 18 minutes, but as staging changes became final for the telecast, seats to the previously SOLD OUT Awards have been added.   Additional performers and presenters will be announced in the coming weeks. For more information on the ACM Awards and all ACM events, visit, like us on Facebook, Instagram or follow us on Twitter at @ACMawards for more immediate updates.

Garth Brooks Hosts Football Procamp for Kids at Bills Fieldhouse

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(AP Photo/Gary Wiepert) The Associated Press

Garth Brooks took to the football field Sunday, Mar. 8 at the Ralph Wilson Fieldhouse with kids from across Western New York.

They were joined by players from the Bills and Sabres. Garth holds a Teammates Procamp at each stop of his World Tour, working to get both athletes and kids involved in the cause.

Garth and company took a hands-on approaching during the two-plus-hour camp. The kids took part in an assortment of drills and were also counseled on the importance of being a good teammate.

While he was in New York, Garth spoke about former Bills Quarterback Jim Kelly’s cancer battle. He said the message Kelly sends to kids through his strength is exactly what they need to hear and see.

“I think that’s what he’s telling these kids. All these kids will change the world – good, bad, indifferent, whatever. But how they will change the world in a big way is being part of a team,” said Garth.

“I’m a big fan of Garth’s,” Kelly said. “If he asks me to do something, I’ll be there for him. And if I ever ask him to do anything, he’d be there for me.”

Garth established the foundation in 1999, and has drawn in athletes representing a wide variety of professional sports including baseball, bull riding, golf and soccer.

Athletes are asked to pledge donations based on individual statistics — touchdowns, goals and runs-scored, for example. The foundation then triples each amount to fund health and educational programs for underprivileged children.


Garth Brooks Paid $1 Million to Open His Comeback Tour in Illinois

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The town of Rosemont, Ill., paid country superstar Garth Brooks more than $1 million to launch his comeback tour last year at its Allstate Arena, records show, but officials say the village made twice that much.

According to an agreement between the municipality and the singer’s longtime promoter, Garth received $1,050,000 as a “rebate” for holding 11 kickoff shows at the arena, which is just outside Chicago. The disclosure ended the village’s five-month legal battle to keep secret the financial details surrounding Garths’ record-breaking concert stand, which sold more than 183,500 tickets.

Under the deal, Rosemont agreed to pay Brooks $100,000 per sold-out show and a prorated sum for shows that didn’t sell out. The village also slashed the arena’s rental fee in an effort to lure Brooks’ September 2014 performances, records show.

The documents’ release comes nearly a month after the Illinois attorney general’s office ruled that the village violated state open-records laws when it refused to provide the Tribune a copy of the agreement.

Under Garths’ deal, the singer paid about $40,000 to rent the arena for his first show in early September and as little as $35,000 for the others. Village officials would not provide the standard rental rate for the arena, but documents show Garth received a discount for all 11 shows.

Rebates and rent discounts are commonplace in the concert industry. Rosemont, however, has not released contracts with other musical acts, which would shed light on whether Garth received a typical deal.

Ben Farrell, Garth’s promoter, did not respond to requests for comment.

Before kicking off the tour, Garth told reporters that several cities were in the running to host his inaugural shows, which marked his first tour in 16 years. But he said he was drawn to Rosemont by Mayor Brad Stephens’ promise to do whatever it took to land the concerts.

“I can’t thank you enough,” Brooks told a smiling Stephens at a news conference before his first show.

With or without the financial incentives, Garth was poised to make money in Rosemont. With an estimated gross of $12 million, his Allstate Arena shows broke the North American sales record for a single city at the time.

Town spokesman Gary Mack defended the deal, saying the village still made more than $2 million from the concert stand after the rebate. The village, however, did not provide documentation to support that figure.


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