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ACM Awards Nominations Postponed Due to Winter Storm

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CBS, the Academy of Country Music and dick clark productions have announced that the 50th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards will be extended by a half-hour in celebration of its golden anniversary.

The broadcast will include special performances honoring seven superstars who have achieved significant milestones in ACM history, according to a news release. The show will be broadcast live from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, from 7 to 10:30 p.m. Sunday, April 19 on the CBS Television Network.

Details about the performances and honorees will be revealed at a later date. Nominees were originally scheduled to be announced today, but due to “unforeseen weather circumstances on the East Coast” – namely the Winter Storm Juno – nominations for the 50th ACM Awards have been postponed and will be announced later this week, according to media alert.

Oklahoma country music superstar Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan will return to co-host the super-sized award show.

The 50th Annual 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. Allen Shapiro, Mike Mahan, R.A. Clark and Barry Adelman are executive producers. Bob Romeo is executive producer for the Academy of Country Music.


Chase Bryant “Take it on Back” Tour Dates

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photo by Chris Truit

Chase Bryant will embark upon his first headlining club tour, bringing the party to fans across the U.S. in an intimate club setting ahead of touring amphitheaters and sheds with superstar Tim McGraw this Summer. Named for Bryant’s runaway debut hit single, the Take It On Back Tour kicks off this Friday, January 30th in Wilmington, NC.

Bryant has enlisted his friend DJ Hish to get the party started with an eclectic mix of dance tunes prior to his own cacophonous live set. Bryant’s self-taught instrumental dexterity (he plays guitar upside down and backwards) has earned him much critical acclaim, even leading Taste of Country to laud the musical maverick as “a superstar-in-waiting” this past week.

“As we kick off the new year, I’m thrilled to bring our show out to the clubs to connect with my fans on a more personal level. I wanted to bring the party to you guys and just kick it old school. We’re all fans. We’re all friends. The music is our connection. We’ll all get where we’re going together. That’s the beauty of music,” Bryant told Billboard.  “The Take It On Back Tour is a chance for us to rock out together. It’s gonna be fun, it’s gonna be a party. I hope to see you all there – and I hope everyone brings a few new friends out to the show!”

Read the full Billboard article and watch Bryant’s exclusive Take It On Back Tour announce video here.   Click READ MORE for Take it on Back Tour Dates:

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Country Music is Heading to the Windy City this June!

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Live Nation Entertainment revealed plans today to launch Chicago’s first major country music festival.  Windy City LakeShake will take place at FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island June 19-21.  Country music heavyweights Dierks Bentley, Florida Georgia Line and Brad Paisley will headline the festival set against the iconic backdrop of Chicago’s city skyline.

With the festival’s scenic setting of Northerly Island offering a weekend retreat for fans, additional artists slated to play include Frankie Ballard, Easton Corbin, Clare Dunn, Mickey Guyton, Randy Houser, Maddie and Tae, Ashley Monroe, Kip Moore, Justin Moore, David Lee Murphy, Joe Nichols, Cassadee Pope, RaeLynn, Thomas Rhett and Canaan Smith with more to be revealed over the coming weeks.

Windy City LakeShake will join Live Nation’s premier country music festival family that includes Watershed, Faster Horses, Route 91 Harvest, FarmBorough, the recently announced Delaware Junction and will host two stages including the festival group’s trademark “Next From Nashville” stage, showcasing emerging country music acts.  Three day passes start at $199.50 (plus applicable fees) and will go on sale Mon., Feb 2nd at 10am CT.  Fans will also have the opportunity to upgrade to VIP passes which will allow fans access to elevated viewing, shaded reserved seating, exclusive cash bars, upgraded food selection and more.  For more information visit: www.lakeshakefestival.com.

“Being a native Chicagoan, it has been a dream of mine to present a world class country music festival in my hometown,” said Brian O’Connell, President of Country Touring at Live Nation Entertainment.  “The backdrop of the beautiful skyline of Chicago, and the coolness of being right on the lake shore will enhance the incredible artists we have lined up for year one.  No one has more fun than Chicago’s music fans, and I am sure that LakeShake will be one for the ages.”

Follow further Windy City LakeShake updates on Facebook: facebook.com/windy-city-lakeshake-festival, Twitter: @LakeShakeFest Instagram: @LakeShakeFest and join the conversation on Twitter, using #LakeShakeFest.

Carrie Underwood Remakes Football Theme For Super Bowl

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Six-time Grammy Award-winner and multi-platinum recording artist Carrie Underwood returns to star in the special “Waiting All Day for a Super Bowl Fight” opening theme for NBC’s broadcast of Super Bowl XLIX on  Feb. 1, 2015. Each week of the last two NFL seasons, Underwood’s performance of “Waiting All Day for Sunday Night” has kicked off Sunday Night Football, primetime television’s No. 1 program.

The opening theme for NBC’s coverage of Super Bowl XLIX will feature new elements, including lyrics featuring the AFC champion New England Patriots and NFC champion Seattle Seahawks, and a special set design.

“I’m so honored to again be a part of the Super Bowl, this time joining NBC Sports in helping kick everything off!  I can’t wait to watch the game!,” says Underwood.

NBC will broadcast Super Bowl XLIX on Sunday, Feb. 1 from Glendale, Ariz. Coverage kicks off at Noon ET.

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