The 45th annual Academy Of Country Music (ACM) Awards aired on CBS. Host Reba McEntire lead the event that was loaded with country stars as well as a new fan-selected "Entertainer Of The Year" Award feature.
Country stars such as Kenny Chesney, Toby Keith, Brad Paisley, George Strait, Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood – who is a former ACM Entertainer Of The Year – Keith Urban and members of the Zac Brown Band were all nominated for Entertainer Of The Year.
The show is happening at the luxurious MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday and broadcast live at 8:00 PM on the CBS Television Network. Host Reba McEntire was selected as the host due to her multi-platinum record country music career. She was also the star of the TV series Reba which was syndicated on Lifetime and ION Television.
Fans have been looking forward to ACM performances that include Laura Bell Bundy, Billy Currington, John Fogerty, Jack Ingram featuring Dierks Bentley, Toby Keith with Dave Koz, Miranda Lambert, Rascal Flatts and Darius Rucker.
This is the 45th year for the ACM Awards. Fans have been included in the voting process for the first time. The ACM organizers integrated a text-to-vote application powered by Ram Truck.
Toby Keith arranged a new song titled “Cryin' For Me (Wayman's Song)” for the "Stand Up To Cancer" group that was available for sale on iTunes five days before the live play at the ACM event. All proceeds raised from the sales went directly to the charity.
Two days prior to the event, ACM participants Blake Shelton and Bomshel had appeared in "The Price Is Right" show with Drew Carey for a country themed episode.