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Luke Bryan Has Come a Long Way Since Attending His First Tearful ACM Awards Show

Luke Bryan

Luke Bryan

Not only will Luke Bryan co-host this Sunday night’s 50th ACM Awards with Blake Shelton, but he’s also nominated for four awards, including Entertainer of the Year against one of his musical influences, Garth Brooks.  Just trying to wrap his mind around the thought of that, Luke says, “When I started getting nominated for Entertainer of the Year and being in those categories like that. I can honestly say I never thought I’d be in a category with Garth Brooks and George Strait and stuff. So, it’s very mind-boggling and very flattering. I just can’t believe I’m in this situation to where these people know who I am, you know?  I never would’ve thought I would be here.”

 

Luke has come a long way from the first ACM Awards he ever attended as a brand new artist.  “My first year out here, Reba was hosting and Capitol [Records] flew me out, and this was like a year before my first album ever came out,” recalls Luke. “I just sat in the back and ate popcorn, and I think Reba walked out and I started crying, so that was an amazing moment. It’s just crazy that, fast-forward the clock and now Entertainer of the Year of the ACM Awards, and I’ve hosted it twice – it’s pretty, pretty crazy.”

 

Luke won the ACM Entertainer of the Year trophy in 2013, so 2015 could be his second win.  He’s also nominated for Male Vocalist, Song of the Year for “Drink A Beer” and Vocal Event of the Year with Florida Georgia Line for “This Is How We Roll.”  Plus, it was already announced that Luke was chosen to receive this year’s Gene Weed Special Achievement Award, which acknowledges unprecedented, unique and outstanding individual achievement in country music.

 

The 50th Annual ACM Awards will air live from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, on April 19th at 8pm ET/7pm CT on CBS.

Hillary Scott of Lady Antebellum and Fellow Passengers Okay After Tour Bus Fire

Hillary Scott's tour bus

Hillary Scott’s tour bus

Thankfully everyone is okay, but Hillary Scott of Lady Antebellum had a bit of a scare aboard her tour bus yesterday when one of the tires caught fire.  She explained on Instagram, “Hey guys, we had a crazy morning on the way to Dallas today. Our bus tire caught on fire and we had to evacuate very quickly. EVERYONE IS SAFE AND SOUND. It was me, my husband, our tour manager, and driver. Thanking God for our safety and the safety of all of those who helped put this fire out and keep us safe. Love you all!!!!”

 

After having a chance to go back on her bus, once the fire was out, to see what she could salvage, Hillary shared a remarkable story.  She said, “Today, when our bus caught on fire we had quite a few personal belongings in the back (where I was asleep before evacuating the bus) one of them being my Bible. I kid you not, EVERYTHING in the back lounge was destroyed from the flames, except my Bible. The outside cover was burned and messed up but NOT ONE PAGE was missing. Yall, God’s Word will always stand. He is FOR YOU, WILL PROTECT YOU, AND HIS LOVE FOR YOU WILL NEVER FADE. My faith is forever deepened because of today. I hope this story deepens yours.”

 

 

Hillary travels on a separate bus from Charles and Dave with her family, although, thankfully, her daughter Eisele wasn’t on board when the fire broke out.  Based on a picture she posted of the aftermath, it looks like she’ll have to get a loaner bus for a while since the bus was pretty badly burned.

 

Lady Antebellum will be in Dallas this weekend for the 50th ACM Awards, where they’re nominated for Vocal Group of the Year then they’ll resume their Wheels Up Tour on May 1st in Lubbock, Texas.

Thomas Rhett Partners with RAM Trucks for Live Streaming Concert Tonight

Thomas Rhett (Photo Courtesy of The Valory Music Co.)

Thomas Rhett (Photo Courtesy of The Valory Music Co.)

Thomas Rhett will kick off the weekend celebration of the 50th ACM Awards with an exclusive Ram Country Live! on Yahoo music concert from the legendary Gilley’s Dallas.  Fans around the world will be able to live stream the concert for free tonight at 8pm CT on Ram Country’s website.

 

“I’m a truck guy and always have been, so it’s a natural fit for me to work with Ram Trucks” said Thomas.  “This year’s ACM Awards is already so cool for me because I am nominated (for New Artist of the Year) and get to perform on the television show. But I can’t think of a better way to start things off than with a full set for my fans on a rowdy Friday night at Gilley’s. It’s one of those iconic Texas clubs that everyone has played at some point in their career, and even if you aren’t in Dallas for the weekend, you can tune in online and be part of it, which is really cool.”

 

Thomas will join Ram Trucks tomorrow as they attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the longest truck parade in history at AT&T Stadium, where the ACM Awards will be held on Sunday night.  After the world record attempt, Thomas will perform as part of the ACM Party for a Cause Festival, portions of which are being filmed for an upcoming CBS television special, and he’ll sign autographs at the RAM Trucks display at the festival.

 

50th ACM Awards Offers a Plethora of Virtual Ways to Interact and Participate in This Weekend’s Events

acm awards blake luke

Whether you’re attending the 50th ACM Awards this weekend in Texas or not, the Academy of Country Music has come up with a ton of ways that you can interact and participate in the events leading up to the live broadcast on Sunday night.  Fan voting for New Artist of the Year and Entertainer of the Year is still open at voteACM.com.  You can vote once per day, with voting for New Artist ending when the awards begin at 8pm ET on Sunday, and voting for Entertainer of the Year will continue through the third hour of the show, just before the winner is announced.

 

For behind the scenes photos and video interviews from rehearsals, red carpet arrivals and all of the events throughout the weekend, check out the ACM Awards on Twitter and Instagram (@ACMawards), on Facebook and YouTube.  And anytime you post about the awards on social media, be sure to use the official hashtag of the awards, #ACMawards50.

 

The official ACM Awards web site, ACMawards.com, will provide real time editorial coverage throughout the awards show, recapping memorable show moments and highlighting fashion, performances and social activity.

 

There’s also the ACM Awards App, which you can download on your smart phone or tablet from the iTunes Store or Google Play Store.  The app features custom schedules, maps, social media integration, ACM Backstage, fan voting and more.  The ACM Backstage element of the app offers viewers a VIP backstage pass with insider access to the night from a variety of live cameras around the stadium.

 

You can learn more about all of the interactive opportunities with this weekend’s ACM activities and the 50th ACM Awards at ACMawards.com.

Tim McGraw Among Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People for 2015

Tim McGraw (photo courtesy of Big Machine Records)

Tim McGraw (photo courtesy of Big Machine Records)

Tim McGraw has been named among Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People for 2105.  The list is broken down into categories of Titans, Pioneers, Leaders, Artists and Icons.  Tim was recognized among the most influential artists.  The magazine calls him “Country’s leading light,” and cites him for being a Renaissance man in a cowboy hat whose music has evolved from “young, single and tearing it up” to songs that celebrate family and lasting love.

 

Other who join Tim on Time’s list of the 100 Most Influential People for 2015, include Bradley Cooper, Taylor Swift, Julianna Margulies, Kanye West, Reese Witherspoon and Barack Obama.

 

Tim will be in Dallas this weekend where he is nominated for Vocal Event of the Year with Faith Hill for “Meanwhile Back at Mama’s” at the 50th ACM Awards.