Excitment builds for the 48th annual Academy of Country Music awards

Kiss with Kelly Clarkson and Reba

Members of KISS with Kelly Clarkson and Reba McEntire

We’re all excited for the 48th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards this month honoring country music’s best and introducing the industry’s hottest emerging talent. This year the show is hosted by handsome Nashville hit makers, Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan. Music City takes over the strip for the weekend, but if you can’t make it — we’ve got some new details + memories from backstage at last year’s show!Luke Bryan will debut his brand-new single “Crash My Party” on the show! Bryan is nominated for 4 awards this year including: Entertainer Of The Year, Male Vocalist of the Year, Album of the Year for Tailgates & Tanlines, and Vocal Event of the Year for “The Only Way I Know” with Jason Aldean and Eric Church. Can we say we told you so?

Ashton Kutcher, Jay DeMarcus, Kenny Chesney, Jason Aldean, Jake Owen

Ashton Kutcher, Jay DeMarcus, Kenny Chesney, Jason Aldean and Jake Owen

Brad Paisley will host the 3rd Annual ACM Fan Jam, taking place at The Orleans Arena Sunday, April 7th, 2013. This live remote location gives country music lovers the ultimate fan-pass to be a part of the awards!  Throughout the three-hour Awards telecast from MGM Grand, there will be live ACM Fan Jam performances, via remote from The Orleans Arena, by Brad Paisley and other  acts.  The jam continues after the Awards telecast ends, with more performances by Brad Paisley and friends.

ACM Awards in Las Vegas

The big weekend in Vegas invites the biggest names in country music from Tim McGraw to Rascal Flatts

Fans can continue to cast their votes all their favorite country music stars at VoteACM.com

Watch for our highlights in the next issue of Nashville Lifestyles and tune in for the LIVE broadcast from the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 7, 2014 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS for the show!

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