Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley Will Host The Main Awards Show SUNDAY, APRIL 2nd at 8:00pm ET on CBS
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LOS ANGELES, March 27, 2017 – The Academy of Country Music and dick clark productions today announced the hosts of “ACM Red Carpet Live,” the official red carpet pre-show for the 52nd Academy of Country Music Awards™. Actor and host AJ Gibson and singer-songwriter and designer Jessie James Decker will host the T-Mobile Stage, hit-maker Chase Bryant and rising star Lindsay Ell will host the XFINITY Stage, and Academy of Country Music SVP of creative and content production Lisa Lee will host arrivals for the two-hour pre-show LIVE from the red carpet at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 2 from 6-8 pm ET (3-5 pm PT). The pre-show will be available to logged-in and logged-out audiences on Twitter and connected devices, and can be found at ACMawards.twitter.com, in Twitter Moments or via @ACMawards.
Produced by dick clark productions in association with the Academy of Country Music, the stream will be available exclusively on Twitter, where fans can watch and participate in the live red carpet experience. Featuring exclusive interviews, interactive Twitter polls, and a star-studded lineup of nominees, performers and presenters, fans will be able to engage in real-time conversation on the platform as some of the biggest moments of the night unfold. Questions sourced from Twitter using #AskACMs will also enable fans to participate in Country Music’s Party of the Year®.
As part of the live stream, comprehensive advertising packages will be available via Twitter. Users of Comcast’s Emmy-Award winning Xfinity X1 platform will also be able to watch a live stream of the red carpet.
Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley will host the 52nd Academy of Country Music Awards™ LIVE from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 2 (live 8:00-11:00 PM, ET/delayed PT) on the CBS Television Network.
One of the most celebrated new artists in today’s country music landscape, 24-year-old Chase Bryant was raised in Orange Grove, TX (pop. 1,200). Bryant’s grandfather played piano for Roy Orbison and Waylon Jennings. His uncles co-founded the group Ricochet. Conway, Merle, Petty, Vince, Bob Wills, Steve Wariner, Bryan Adams and more were early influences as were records by Keith Urban, Sarah Buxton and Jedd Hughes. Bryant’s second consecutive hit “Little Bit of You” rose to #3 on the country radio charts. His guitar-wielding Top 10 debut single “Take It On Back” spent 15 consecutive weeks on the CMT Hot 20 Countdown, seven weeks on the GAC Top 20 Country Countdown, and was a Top 20 Most Watched Video on VEVO TV Nashville. Internationally, the single was a Top 20 hit in Canada and earned the #1 spot on Australia’s CMC Countdown. Bryant brings these hits to life across the globe in 2017 as he tours as part of Brad Paisley’s LIFE AMPLIFIED WORLD TOUR, including select international dates across the US, Canada, UK and Europe.
Country Music singer/songwriter and style entrepreneur Jessie James Decker began singing at nine years old and was already attracting attention in Music City for her gritty, genuine vocals by the age of fifteen. Her 2009 self-titled debut album features the GOLD certified single “Wanted.” In 2014, she released her Comin’ Home EP, which reached #1 on the iTunes chart and #5 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums Chart. Decker’s new single, “Lights Down Low,” written with Alyssa Bonagura, released on Epic Records in partnership with Thirty Tigers and New Revolution and is the lead single from her newly released EP GOLD.
Named one of The Huffington Post’s “Top Country Artists to Watch,” Lindsay Ell is a triple threat: accomplished musician, unique vocalist and songwriter. The young Calgary native learned to play guitar while traveling with her father to country-bluegrass camps as a young girl. Ell honed her craft as a musical stylist and songwriter after being discovered by BTO and The Guess Who’s Randy Bachman (“American Woman” / “Taking Care of Business”) who discovered her at the age of 13. The multi-instrumentalist was soon touring alongside the likes of Luke Bryan, Buddy Guy, The Band Perry and Keith Urban as well as wowing audiences as Carrie Underwood’s guitar player live on the 50th Annual CMA Awards and holding her own alongside icon Melissa Etheridge on Skyville Live. A 2016 CMT Music Award and Canadian Country Music Award nominee, Ell exhilarated audiences from coast-to-coast as part of the 2016 CMT Next Women of Country Tour and is featured on Brad Paisley’s 2017 LIFE AMPLIFIED WORLD TOUR. Ell’s highly anticipated debut EP, WORTH THE WAIT (produced by GRAMMY winner Kristian Bush of Sugarland), will be released on Friday, March 24.
From his small town Ohio upbringing to his fast paced LA life, AJ Gibson has experienced it all. Since entertaining viewers as a contestant on ABC’s “Expedition Impossible” in 2011 and being singled out as “What To Watch” by TV Guide magazine, AJ has turned his 15 minutes in the spotlight into a successful career as a television host and public speaker. AJ spent 2 years as the host of Hollywood Today Live on FOX, has filled in for Billy Bush as a guest co-host on Access Hollywood Live and appears regularly on Southern California’s iconic morning chat fest Good Day LA. From time to time, you can also catch AJ sitting next to the ladies of The Talk on CBS or giving fans the Inside Scoop on The Wendy Williams Show. In his free time, AJ enjoys working with troubled youth, mentoring them into a better future and helping build the confidence necessary to chase their dreams, which is exactly what AJ’s family and friends did for him as a young boy. AJ is a firm believer in the power of positive thinking and enjoys inspiring others to live their fullest lives! AJ has also become a fixture on some of Hollywood’s most watched red carpets, chatting with some of the world’s most admired celebrities. From the Golden Globes to the Billboard Music Awards, where AJ was named one of the best dressed men in entertainment by Esquire, no red carpet is too big for this small town guy with big city ambition! AJ brings a unique blend of charm and charisma to every TV and red carpet appearance, while also going just a bit deeper in a way that only he can. AJ is a kind, relatable and an all-around nice guy, who mixes equal parts humor and compassion in a balancing act that’s often difficult to pull off live, but which AJ executes effortlessly. Authenticity in Hollywood can sometimes seem elusive, but AJ is as genuine as they come, which is why he has quickly emerged as a face and voice that viewers look forward to connecting with for years to come.
Based in Los Angeles after a decade in Nashville, Lisa Lee has spent most of her life covering country music. The former Hollywood correspondent and West Coast news bureau chief for CMT (Country Music Television)/MTV Networks, Lee has reported on music, movies and television from events across the United States and in England, Japan, Canada and Switzerland. Now the Senior Vice President of Creative & Content Production for the Academy of Country Music, Lee guides the Academy’s creative look as well as in-house video and content production. Behind the scenes, Lee is an accomplished writer and producer, having helmed TV news specials including Sex in Videos: Where’s the Line?, The Powerlist and Addicted to Addiction. In 2016, she served as a writer and producer for the CBS primetime special ACM Honors. Lee recently authored the book This Is Country: A Backstage Pass to the Academy of Country Music Awards, which celebrates the 50th anniversary of the ACM Awards. Published by Insight Editions, the book is available nationwide. An Arkansas native, Lee earned a master’s degree in broadcast journalism from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism in Chicago. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and English from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. Lisa currently lives in Culver City, California, with her husband, Doug, and kids, Grayson and Jackson.
Sponsors and partners for the 52nd Academy of Country Music Awards include T-Mobile and XFINITY.
About the Academy of Country Music Awards
The 52ND 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 and will broadcast LIVE from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 2, 2017 at 8:00 PM live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network. Allen Shapiro, Mike Mahan, R.A. Clark, Barry Adelman and Mark Bracco are executive producers. Pete Fisher and Tiffany Moon are executive producers for the Academy of Country Music.
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