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The Band Perry to Appear at the ACM Lifting Lives Benefit Gala

The Band Perry

ACM Lifting Lives® announced today that reigning ACM Vocal Group of the Year winners and current nominee The Band Perry will be taking part in the ACM Lifting Lives “One Night, Two Cities, All Music” Gala presented by Mattress Firm on Friday, April 17th at the Omni Dallas Hotel in Dallas, TX and Fort Worth Zoo in Fort Worth, TX. The Band Perry with special surprise guests will make an appearance at the gala’s two locations for an extraordinary moment that cannot be missed!

Also announced, Emmy® Award-winning television personality, Montel Williams, will co-host the Dallas gala. He joins previously announced hosts country music luminaries Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood, who will alternate between both locations throughout the evening to entertain attendees in Dallas and Fort Worth. Emmy-award winning journalist and co-host of Entertainment Tonight, Nancy O’Dell, will co-host the Fort Worth gala.

Previously announced performers include headliner Lady Antebellum and Hunter Hayes at the Omni Dallas Hotel, and headliner Keith Urban and Little Big Town at Fort Worth Zoo. The inaugural gala will kick off with a cocktail reception, followed by a dinner, live auction and a stellar line-up of performances by country music’s most celebrated artists.

Proceeds from the gala will benefit ACM Lifting Lives, the philanthropic arm of the Academy of Country Music dedicated to improving lives through the power of music, and Garth Brooks’ charity, Teammates for Kids – specifically the Child Life Zones in Children’s Health of Dallas and Cook Children’s of Fort Worth.

Tickets for the ACM Lifting Lives “One Night, Two Cities, All Music” Gala are available NOW at For more information on the gala, including ticket inquiries and sponsorship opportunities, please contact ACM Lifting Lives at The “One Night, Two Cities, All Music” gala presented by Mattress Firm is produced by ACM Lifting Lives and Encore Live (, an event production company based in Fort Worth, Texas.

The “One Night, Two Cities, All Music” gala is among the highly-anticipated events held during the ACM Awards week culminating with the 50th Academy of Country Music Awards, Country Music’s Party of the Year®. The ceremony, co-hosted by Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan, will broadcast LIVE from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX on Sunday, April 19th at 8:00 PM live ET/8:00 PM on CBS.

Keith Urban “Shocked” by “Blurred Lines” Verdict


Earlier this week, music was front and center in the media when a judge ruled that Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams must pay $4 million in copyright damages plus profits attributable to infringement for their hit song “Blurred Lines.” The suit stated that the song was ‘was improperly drawn from a soulful hallmark from the prior one — Marvin Gaye’s 1977 hit “Got to Give It Up.”‘ Robin and Pharrell escaped statutory damaged because the infringement was ruled to be found unwillful…or accidental.

Basically what it all boils down to, is there is a similar sound and composition to the music. What is interesting and a tad scary about the ruling, is that everyone is inspired musically by someone else. If you take away the lyrics, half of what’s on the radio today sounds the same. At a recent “American Idol” taping, Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez, and Harry Connick Jr. all shared their thoughts on the ruling.

“They always say the art of originality is learning how to hide your sources,” said Keith Urban.” My initial reaction to it, I was shocked honestly. It seems more like a sound and a feel and a style and a genre and an era; none of which can be copy written. I’m a little bit shocked by it quite frankly.”

You can watch more reactions below. What do you think about the ruling???

Keith Urban and Fellow “American Idol” Judges Visit ‘Jimmy Kimmel’ – Video

American Idol

Earlier this week, Keith Urban and fellow “American Idol” judges paid a visit to ‘Jimmy Kimmel LIVE’ to talk about the long-running talent show. They also talked about their first concerts.

Jimmy also got them all to try Peeps milk, which they actually liked.

And, find out who would be the most likely to see a psychic and make love to his own music.

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.

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