Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013 | 11:55 a.m.
It’s the country music party of the year as the star-studded 48th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards broadcasts April 7 from MGM Grand Garden Arena. It will be the ultimate gathering of country’s kings and queens.
After all the nominations were revealed this morning, the tally stood at Eric Church with 7 nods, Hunter Hayes with 6, Miranda Lambert and Taylor Swift with 5, Luke Bryan, Kacey Musgraves and Little Big Town at 4 apiece and Jason Aldean, Blake Shelton, Eli Young Band and Florida Georgia Line with 3 each.
Our Venetian headliner Tim McGraw picked up a nomination this morning for his duet with Kenny Chesney on “Feel Like a Rock Star” for Vocal Event of the Year. Las Vegas regular Toby Keith was nominated for Male Vocalist of the Year, and although his country bar Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill at Harrah’s wasn’t nominated, his Denver venue was for Nightclub of the Year.
Our Red Rock Resort was one of five nominated as Country Music Venue of the Year. Luke will join Blake as hosts; it’s the third year for Blake and the debut for Luke. Over at The Orleans, there will be live cut-ins from the final third day of the ACM Experience Fan Fest hosted by Brad Paisley.
Nominees were revealed via social media and an ACM digital press conference via Twitter, Facebook and YouTube featuring Sheryl Crow, Scotty McCreery, The Band Perry, Ryan Seacrest, Sharon Osbourne, “ET” anchors Nancy O’Dell and Rob Marciano and “2 Broke Girls” actress Beth Behrs.
Country fans announced the nominees for the biggest prize of Entertainer of the Year. That battle comes down to Jason, Luke, husband-and-wife Blake and Miranda and Taylor. New Artist of the Year also is awarded by fan voting for nominees Brantley Gilbert, Jana Kramer and Florida Georgia Line. The winners will be announced during the awards.
THE ACM EXPERIENCE: The family-friendly ACM Experience from April 5-7 at The Orleans will have more than 150 vendors, food trucks and interactive exhibits from across the nation. The free stages to be set up throughout The Orleans with a new, two-day ticketed Outdoor Music Festival features The Band Perry, Brantley, Justin Moore, Florida Georgia Line, Dierks Bentley, Kix Brooks, Eli Young Band, Hunter and more.
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The Orleans Arena, a Boyd Gaming facility located just west of the Las Vegas Strip, is one of the nation’s leading mid-sized arenas, and was recently ranked No. 1 in the United States and No. 5 internationally among venues of similar size by Venues Today Magazine.
The Arena hosts more than 200 events each year, including concerts by top names like Carrie Underwood, Daughtry, Van Halen, Brooks & Dunn, Black Eyed Peas, Akon and Rihanna; family favorites like The Harlem Globetrotters and Circus Spectacular; and a wide variety of sporting events, including NCAA basketball tournaments, the West Coast Conference and Western Athletic Conference Basketball Championships, mixed martial arts with Superior Cage Combat, and major motorsports events.
The arena serves as home to the Las Vegas Wranglers professional ECHL hockey team, the Las Vegas Legends professional indoor soccer team, and the Lingerie Football League’s Las Vegas Sin. Stay connected to the Orleans Arena on Facebook (www.facebook.com/orleansarena) and on Twitter (@orleansarena).