The Academy of Country Music, the Ram Truck brand and Kohl’s Department Stores announced today that fan voting is now open for the Entertainer of the Year award, which will be powered by Ram for the fifth year in a row, as well as the ACM New Artist of the Year award, which will be presented by Kohl’s.
Country music fans have the power to choose the winners by casting their votes now at www.VoteACM.com. The awards will be given out during the 49th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards, to be broadcast live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, at 7 p.m. Sunday, April 6 on the CBS Television Network. This year, for the fourth time, the ACM Awards will feature the ACM Ram Red Carpet to welcome country’s biggest stars to the show.
Entertainer of the Year fan voting will once again provide fans the opportunity to vote for the Academy’s most prestigious award, Entertainer of the Year, for which Tishomingo power couple Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton are nominated, along with Luke Bryan, George Strait and Taylor Swift.
“Ram truck and country music fans share the same work-hard, play-hard attitude,” said Reid Bigland, President and CEO – Ram Truck Brand, Chrysler Group LLC, in a news release. “We are honored to be a key partner of the Academy of Country Music Awards for the fifth consecutive year and to present a multifaceted, multimedia experience that includes sponsoring Entertainer of the Year voting. Ram congratulates all the nominated artists and we look forward to seeing who the fans select.”
Fans also will help choose the ACM New Artist of the Year presented by Kohl’s, for which Brett Eldredge, Justin Moore and Kip Moore are the nominees. Fan voting for Entertainer of the Year and ACM New Artist of the Year is now open at www.VoteACM.com. New Artist of the Year voting will close at 7 p.m. Sunday, April 6, 2013 (before the live show starts), and Entertainer of the Year voting will close during the third hour of the live broadcast. Online fan voting for both categories is open to fans in the United States, Canada and Australia. Text voting for Entertainer of the Year during the live broadcast is open to fans in the United States only.
“Winning the New Artist of the Year award is a pivotal moment in any new artist’s career,” said Michelle Gass, Kohl’s chief customer officer, in the release. “Kohl’s is proud to sponsor that moment and once again partner with the Academy of Country Music Awards to present this award. We congratulate all of the nominees and are excited to see who the fans choose.”
Leading up to the show, fans can watch interviews and exclusive performances with the three final ACM New Artist of the Year nominees on Great American Country’s “ACM New Artist of the Year” special, airing multiple times until voting closes on April 6. Air times and dates can be found at GACtv.com/ACM.