48th ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS, CBS
Brad Paisley, headliner of the 3rd Annual ACM Fan Jam and Post-Award Concert, will perform along with his special guests Dierks Bentley, Hunter Hayes, and ACM New Artist of the Year Presented by Kohl's Department Stores nominees Brantley Gilbert, Jana Kramer and Florida Georgia Line at this year's Fan Jam, the fans-only, live concert event taking place during and after the 48TH ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY AWARDS, part of which will be broadcast during the Awards Sunday, April 7 (8:00-11:00 PM live ET/delayed PT) on the CBS Television Network. GRAMMY Award-winning musician LL COOL J, star of the hit CBS drama series "NCIS: Los Angeles" and who will be releasing his new album Authentic on April 30, will make a special appearance during the event. Storme Warren, host of GAC's "Headline Country," will emcee the Fan Jam for the first time.
The Fan Jam will also feature an additional performance in support of the ACM Lifting Lives on-stage moment, an annual initiative that raises money for designated charities, with the participating artist to be announced in the coming weeks.
As previously announced, multiple ACM Award winner Brad Paisley will headline this year's Fan Jam, which gives country music lovers the ultimate fan pass to be part of the 48th ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS. Throughout the three-hour Awards broadcast from the MGM Grand Garden Arena, there will be live ACM Fan Jam performances by top tier music acts via remote from the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, with the party continuing in a post-award concert.
After making it through the first round of fan voting, nominees Gilbert, Kramer and Florida Georgia Line will now compete for the coveted ACM New Artist of the Year Presented by Kohl's. The winner will be awarded on the ACM Fan Jam stage during the live Awards broadcast. Fans can vote for their favorite New Artist at www.VoteACM.com beginning Monday, March 25 at 3:00 PM, ET/12:00 PM, PT until Sunday, April 7 at 8:00 PM, ET/5:00 PM, PT (before the live show starts).
Brad Paisley has won 14 Academy of Country Music Awards, including Male Vocalist of the Year a record-setting five consecutive times and wins in the Album of the Year, Video of the Year and Vocal Event of the Year categories. His eighth album, Wheelhouse, is scheduled for release April 9, and his new single, "Southern Comfort Zone," recently became the artist's 21st #1 hit. Paisley's highly anticipated "Beat This Summer Tour presented by Cracker Barrel Old Country Store" kicks off May 9 in St. Louis, Mo., and will hit more than 29 cities in the United States and Canada during the summer months.
Dierks Bentley is an ACM Award-winning singer/songwriter who has forged his own brand of country music, combining classic country songwriting, influences of bluegrass instrumentation and the energy of rock and roll. Bentley's sixth studio album, Home, released in 2012, debuted at #1 and has spawned three chart-toppings hits, marking 10 career #1 songs as a singer and songwriter. Currently, he is on the "Locked & Reloaded Tour" with longtime friend Miranda Lambert. On April 6, Bentley will headline the ACM Party for a Cause Festival, a two-day outdoor music festival during "The Week Vegas Goes Country."
Hunter Hayes has six ACM nominations, including two in the Song of the Year category as the artist and composer, as well as in the Single Record of the Year category as the artist and producer for "Wanted." He rounds out his nominations with New Male Vocalist of the Year and Video of the Year for "Wanted." Hunter's GRAMMY nominated self-titled debut album has generated three SMASH hits, including his current single, "Somebody's Heartbreak," which has already entered the Top 5 and is certified gold, as well as his near-triple-platinum-selling #1 single "Wanted." Hayes, a celebrated musician, songwriter and performer, currently is on the "Blown Away Tour" with Carrie Underwood.
Brantley Gilbert has two Academy of Country Music Award nominations this year, New Artist of the Year and New Male Vocalist of the Year, and his unique sound of Country-Rock-Soul has turned him into one of country's hottest newcomers. Gilbert's sophomore project, the Gold-certified Halfway to Heaven Deluxe, debuted at #2 on the Billboard Country Albums Chart and produced two gold #1 singles, "Country Must Be Country Wide" and "You Don't Know Her Like I Do." As a celebrated songwriter, he has penned three #1 hits, "My Kinda Party," "Dirt Road Anthem" and "Country Must Be Country Wide." Currently, Gilbert is playing to sold-out arenas in the UK and North America on his "Hell on Wheels Tour."