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Eric Church, Toby Keith And Lady Antebellum With Stevie Nicks Added To Lineup Of Performers On The 49TH Annual ACM Awards

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Eric Church, Toby Keith, and Lady Antebellum with legendary musician Stevie Nicks have all been added to the lineup on the 49th Annual ACM Awards, as announced by the Academy of Country Music and Dick Clark Productions.

They will be joining previously announced performers Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, George Strait, Keith Urban, Florida Georgia Line and The Band Perry. The ceremony, hosted by Blake Shelton and Luke Perry, will be broadcast live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas Sunday, April 6, 2014 at 8:00 PM ET/delayed PT on CBS.

Keep on eye on KIC as more performers are announced in the weeks to come!

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First Round of ACM Performers Announced

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The Academy of Country Music and Dick Clark Productions announced ACM Award nominees Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, George Strait, Keith Urban and The Band Perry are scheduled to perform on the 49th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards.  The ceremony, which will be co-hosted by Luke Bryan and Blake Shelton, is produced for television by Dick Clark Productions and will be broadcast live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas Sunday, April 6, 2014 at 8:00 PM live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network.

ACM Fan Jam to Include Luke Bryan

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The Academy of Country Music and Dick Clark Productions announced today that the reigning ACM Entertainer of the Year, Luke Bryan, will make a special performance at the 4th Annual ACM Fan Jam at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on Sunday, April 6, 2014. The performance is in addition to his co-hosting duties with Blake Shelton at the 49thAnnual Academy of Country Music Awards on Sunday, April 6, 2014 at 8:00 PM live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network. 

The 4th Annual ACM Fan Jam, hosted by reigning ACM New Artist of the Year, Florida Georgia Line, is a fans-only, live concert event which gives country music fans the ultimate pass to be a part of the 49th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards. Throughout the three-hour telecast from MGM Grand, there will be live ACM Fan Jam performances, via remote, by top-tier music acts, including Bryan and Florida Georgia Line.  The ACM Fan Jam continues after the Awards telecast ends with a concert featuring Florida Georgia Line.

Tickets for the ACM Fan Jam start at $45 and are on sale NOW by visiting www.ticketmaster.com. For more information on the ACM Awards and all ACM events, visit , like the ACMs on Facebook, or follow the ACMs on Twitter.

Lucy Hale, Jerrod Niemann, Darius Rucker & More to Announce ACM Nominees

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Tomorrow is bound to be a big day for country fans, as the ACM’s will announce their nominees via digital press conference. The third annual ACM digital press conference, hosted by the Academy of Country Music, CBS Television and dick clark productions via ACM social media channels will announce the nominees for the 49th ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS. Country Music’s Party of the Year will be broadcast LIVE from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 6, 2014 at 8:00 PM live EST on CBS.

Country stars like Lucy Hale, Jerrod Niemann and Darius Rucker will contribute to the festivities, as will some of the biggest names in entertainment including Fox Sports broadcaster Erin Andrews, 2 Broke Girls star Beth Behrs, reigning ACM Songwriter of the Year Dallas Davidson, The Insider co-anchor Kevin Frazier and CBS This Morning co-anchor Gayle King. They’ll be joined by Entertainment Tonight co-anchor Nancy O’Dell, Duck Dynasty stars Willie and Korie Robertson,Darius Rucker,The Talk hosts Julie Chen, Sara Gilbert, Sharon Osbourne, Aisha Tyler & Sheryl Underwood. More surprise guests will also announce via videos posted in real time to fans and media, simultaneously.

 Nominations will be announced via the ACM Facebook Page and the ACM Twitter Feed.

Superstars Rascal Flatts & Keith Urban To Headline Two-Day ACM Party For A Cause® Festival

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The Academy of Country Music has announced the headliners and full lineup for their 2nd Annual Party For A Cause® Festival. Rascal Flatts and Keith Urban were named the festival’s headliners, taking the main stage on Friday, April 4th, and Saturday, April 5th, respectively.

This year’s star-studded lineup also includes Joe Nichols, Jerrod Niemann, Thomas Rhett, Chris Young, and The Cadillac Three. Joining them, will be the three ACM New Artist of the Year nominees and many more to be announced.

This year’s Party For A Cause® Festival will be hosted by Outnumber Hunger and ACM Lifting Lives and held at Caesars Entertainment’s The LINQ. The festival will be the first ever special event to be held in this open-air lifestyle complex at the heart of the Las Vegas Strip. Over the two days, The LINQ will transform into a country-lover’s playground with elements already tied to this ACM event, such as: multiple stages to hold ongoing LIVE country music performances, interactive games, a country marketplace, and more activities to be announced as the Festival approaches!

“We are thrilled to kick off the first of many large-scale concerts and events at The LINQ with the Academy of Country Music,” said Jon Gray, vice president and general manager of The LINQ. Caesars Entertainment has always been an industry leader in presenting top-of-the-line entertainment experiences in Las Vegas, and our space at The LINQ offers many new opportunities for us to continue to raise the bar of the city’s entertainment landscape.”

The Party For A Cause® Festival is part of The Week Vegas Goes Country® leading up to the 49th Academy of Country Music Awards on Sunday, April 6, 2014 at 8:00 PM live ET/delayed PT on CBS.

“The Academy is honored to have Rascal Flatts and Keith Urban headline two separate nights of incredible music during The Week Vegas Goes Country®” said Bob Romeo, CEO of the Academy of Country Music. “Fans nationwide plan their vacations around ACM events, and they will be blown away by The LINQ and all that Caesars has put into the property. We’re privileged to be the first event in this very special space.”

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Dee Jay Silver

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In today’s music, it is common to hear a remix of some of your favorite songs; even heartfelt power ballads have turned into dance hits with the help of some of music’s most talented DJs. And just when you thought DJ’ing couldn’t become anymore unique, enter Dee Jay Silver, the first DJ to be signed to a major Nashville record label. Dee Jay has played in premier venues in virtually every major market in the United States, Mexico, and Canada, but has ultimately found his home in Nashville. Whether he is touring with Jason Aldean and playing in sold out stadiums, performing on the American Country Awards, or remixing the work of some of country’s best known artists, Dee Jay is bringing his talents to the fans of country music in a myriad of ways. Dee Jay took some time out of his day of “bad television” while he recovered from the ACAs in Las Vegas to talk with me about his music, his favorite tour stop to date, and his future plans (which included getting back to Nashville stat!). 

CMA Awards Favorite Moments

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Another CMA Awards night has come and gone, but certain moments left lasting impressions on our staff. If you follow us on Twitter, you know we spent the majority of the show cracking on Sheryl Crow‘s hair, Dolly Parton‘s assets, Zac Brown Band‘s beards, and Kacey Musgraves‘ b****y resting face. While those particular things set the stage for our jokes, puns, and #sarcastictweets, our staff compiled a list of our other favorite moments of the night. The following are those award show memories that are ingrained in our minds:

47th Annual CMA Awards Winners

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See below for all of the winners for the 47th Annual CMA Awards! How close were you with your predictions?

2013 CMA Awards Winners:

Entertainer of the Year

Jason Aldean
Luke Bryan
Blake Shelton
George Strait
Taylor Swift


Female Vocalist of the Year

Kelly Clarkson
Miranda Lambert
Kacey Musgraves
Taylor Swift
Carrie Underwood

Male Vocalist of the Year

Jason Aldean
Luke Bryan
Eric Church
Blake Shelton
Keith Urban

Vocal Group of the Year

Eli Young Band
Lady Antebellum
Little Big Town
The Band Perry
Zac Brown Band

Vocal Duo of the Year

Big and Rich
Florida Georgia Line
Love and Theft
Sugarland
Civil Wars
Thompson Square

New Artist of the Year

Lee Brice
Brett Eldredge
Florida Georgia Line
Kip Moore
Kacey Musgraves

Album of the Year

Blake Shelton, ‘Based on a True Story’
Carrie Underwood, ‘Blown Away’
Taylor Swift, ‘Red’
Kacey Musgraves, ‘Same Trailer Different Park’
Little Big Town, ‘Tornado’

Song of the Year (Awarded to Songwriters)

Lee Brice, ‘I Drive Your Truck’
Miranda Lambert, ‘Mama’s Broken Heart’
Kacey Musgraves, ‘Merry Go Round’
Little Big Town, ‘Pontoon’
Darius Rucker, ‘Wagon Wheel’

Single of the Year

Florida Georgia Line, ‘Cruise’
Tim McGraw (Feat. Keith Urban and Taylor Swift), ‘Highway Don’t Care’
Miranda Lambert, ‘Mama’s Broken Heart’
Kacey Musgraves, ‘Merry Go Round’
Darius Rucker, ‘Wagon Wheel’

Musical Event of the Year

Blake Shelton (Feat. Pistol Annies), ‘Boys ‘Round Here’
Florida Georgia Line (Feat. Nelly), ‘Cruise’
Kelly Clarkson (Feat. Vince Gill), ‘Don’t Rush’
Tim McGraw (Feat. Keith Urban and Taylor Swift), ‘Highway Don’t Care’
Jason Aldean (Feat. Luke Bryan and Eric Church), ‘The Only Way I Know’

Music Video of the Year

Carrie Underwood, ‘Blown Away’
Blake Shelton (Feat. Pistol Annies), ‘Boys ‘Round Here’
Lady Antebellum, ‘Downtown’
Tim McGraw (Feat. Keith Urban and Taylor Swift), ‘Highway Don’t Care’
Miranda Lambert, ‘Mama’s Broken Heart’
Little Big Town, ‘Tornado’

Musician of the Year

Sam Bush
Paul Franklin
Dann Huff
Brent Mason
Mac McAnally

Congratulations to this year’s winners!

Keepin’ It Country’s CMA Predictions

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The CMA’s are upon as once again, so the Keepin’ It Country Staff narrowed down our picks for the night’s biggest awards. Let us know who you agree with!

Entertainer of the Year Nominees: Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Blake Shelton, George Strait, Taylor Swift

Nicole: It’s not an easy choice here, and there’s definitely the obvious inclusion of George Strait for sentimental reasons, but I have to give this to Blake. He played a huge summer tour, anchors the judging panel on The Voice season after season and put out quite a few huge hits. He’s arguably the biggest thing in country right now so I have to give it to him.

Jessica: Luke Bryan has had a huge year, and I think he’s taken one of the top spots in country music right now. You can’t deny those dance moves!

Jennifer: Luke Bryan – With sold out shows across the country and yet another #1 hit song (despite Zac Brown’s disdain for said song), no one is killing it on radio or on the road quite like Luke.

Jeanna: Blake Shelton or Taylor Swift? Both have really helped broaden the country music audience and impact the genre in such a significant way. Taylor is massive with her sold out tours worldwide and cross-over success. Blake is the face of the genre at the present time, and he has helped put country on the map and bring it to focus with The Voice. Luke Bryan had a big year and is a possibility too. However, I feel like it’s Blake’s time for this right now so I’m giving this one to him.

Sarah Darling and Guy Penrod Performing ICM Awards

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In 2009, rising country music star Sarah Darling spent days at her grandfather’s hospital bedside as he battled a serious illness. A spiritual man, he comforted her greatest fear of him succumbing to the fight by sharing his thoughts on the meaning of life, and what happens when someone leaves this world. Forever moved by what she heard in those precious moments, Darling later sat down with Nashville songwriters Dave Robbens and Billy Austen and wrote the song, Knowing What I Know About Heaven, never knowing years later, internationally-known Christian recording artist and former lead singer of the Gaither Vocal Band, Guy Penrod, would make it be heard by millions around the world. In celebration of the song’ success, Darling and Penrod will perform the song together as a duet for the very first time at the 2013 Inspirational Country Music (ICM) Awards on October 24, 2013. Penrod is nominated in the “Entertainer” category at the awards.