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Brantley Gilbert, Jana Kramer and Florida Georgia Line Chosen As ACM Newcomer Winners

All Three Compete For Fan-Voted ACM New Artist of the Year During Live Telecast of the 48th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards

ACM AwardsThe Academy of Country Music and Kohl’s Department Stores announced today that Brantley Gilbert, Jana Kramer and Florida Georgia Line have been named nominees for this year’s ACM New Artist of the Year Presented By Kohl’s Department Stores, which will be given out during the 48th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards broadcast LIVE from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas Sunday, April 7, 2013 at 8:00 PM live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network.

In the first round of fan voting at GACTV.com, fans helped name Gilbert, Kramer and Florida Georgia Line ACM New Male Vocalist of the Year, ACM New Female Vocalist of the Year and ACM New Vocal Duo or Group of the Year, respectively. The winners of those categories go on to compete for overall ACM New Artist of the Year, which is again a fan-voted category.

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Ryan Seacrest, Little Big Town, The Band Perry, Beth Behrs, And More To Announce Nominees For The 48th ACM Awards

Country Music Fans Invited To Announce Entertainer Of The Year Category & Special VIP Guests Will Announce Categories Via Video Posts Online

48th Annual ACM Awards

The second annual ACM digital press conference, hosted by the Academy of Country Music, CBS Television and Dick Clark Productions via ACM social media channels, to announce the nominees for the 48th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards, Country Music’s Party of the Year® to be broadcast LIVE from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas Sunday, April 7, 2013 at 8:00 PM live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network.

The Band Perry, 2 Broke Girls star Beth Behrs, Little Big Town, Scotty McCreery, Ryan Seacrest, Entertainment Tonight hosts Rob Marciano and Nancy O’Dell and more surprise guests will announce categories via videos posted in real time to fans and media simultaneously. The press conference will culminate with country music FANS announcing the nominees for Entertainer of the Year.

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Legends Honored, Superstars Perform at 6th Annual ACM Honors

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Country music fans are aware that the genre has no shortage of awards shows (at least four and counting). Arguably the most prestigious of these, however, is the Academy of Country Music Awards (ACMs) held in Las Vegas in April. What fewer country fans may know is the Academy holds an annual awards show for non-televised industry and specialty awards called the ACM Honors, which took place Monday at The Ryman Auditorium. Continue Reading →

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ACM Awards: Interview With Laura Bell Bundy

Check out this fun interview with Laura Bell Bundy! LOVE her sense of humor! 🙂

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ACM Awards: Interview With Laura Bell Bundy

Laura Bell BundyCheck out this fun interview with Laura Bell Bundy! LOVE her sense of humor! 🙂

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ACM Awards: Interview With Scotty McCreery

Check out this interview with Scotty McCreery during ACM weekend just before the awards at ACM Fremont Street Experience!

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ACM Awards: Interview With Scotty McCreery

Scotty McCreeryCheck out this interview with Scotty McCreery during ACM weekend just before the awards at ACM Fremont Street Experience!

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ACM Awards: Interview With Hunter Hayes

Check out this interview with Hunter Hayes during the ACMs Fremont Street Experience during ACM weekend!

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ACM Awards: Interview With Hunter Hayes

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Check out this interview with Hunter Hayes during the ACMs Fremont Street Experience during ACM weekend!

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My First Experience At The ACMs

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The Band Perry performing at ACM Awards 2012. Photo credit: Getty Images

Where do I even begin to tell you about this amazing experience? It’s been a dream of mine ever since I first started getting into country music 12 years ago to attend the ACMs. They always seemed like so much fun AND in Las Vegas, which is always an incredibly fun city to be in! Did I EVER think that I would get there? NO! I never imagined that one day I would be sitting in that very audience wearing a beautiful dress and taking it all in myself. Never in a million years!

As I sat there and the show began, I actually began to cry a little. Thankfully it was dark so nobody could see my tears. They were happy tears. I was overwhelmed. After everything I have been through in the last 3 years, did I ever think this would be a possibility? No, I did not and I’ll tell you why…

Almost 3 years ago in May, I was diagnosed with MS. At the time, my doctor told me that I had the most aggressive case of MS that he had ever witnessed. I had already lost use of my left hand and 3 flare ups in less than a month from MS had left 75% of my body numb. I was falling constantly and memory problems. My doctor wasn’t sure if the medication was going to work on me, but he put me on strict house rest to give me the best possible chance for the medication to take hold of my body because he said didn’t know what would be able to do if not.  My supervisor even tried to convince me to apply for full disability from work since appeared that I possibly would not recover from this.  My family was even making plans to take care of me on a permanent basis and thought might be best that I sell my condo to move home to be taken care of.

For those of you who might not know what MS actually is, it’s an autoimmune disease where your own body attacks the CNS (central nervous system). No 2 cases of MS are ever alike and one person’s course of the disease can be completely different from another’s. As aggressive as my case started, there was a very good chance that soon I would be in a wheelchair or blind. Realities that I didn’t want to face and because of I lost hope for a while. I had lost all of my confidence in myself, and thought it was the end of all my hopes & dreams.

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Laura Bell Bundy performs at ACMs Fremont Street Experience

So, for the first 2 years, I was in a very dark place in my life. I had to learn my limitations and I relied very heavily on my faith. I, also, had to find the hope and the confidence that I had lost.  I had to learn to fight and not let this disease take me.  I learned that I have more strength than I ever knew was there before and I learned that I am no quitter.

I have done that now and it’s because of this music blog, Focus on the 615, that I created in August 2011.  I am a better person now.  Doing this and focusing on what I love has saved my life. Music has saved my life repeatedly. It saved me from the sadness of the loss of my dad to Alzheimer’s in May 2006 when I decided to start a benefit music series in Nashville to raise awareness for Alzheimer’s and in memory of my dad. Music saved again when I was diagnosed with MS in May 2009 when my friends I had met in music put together a benefit for ME to give me hope and support. It continues to save me now through this work on Focus on the 615.

I love music and the people who make it. That’s why I do what I do.  I love being able to support those I believe in and give back to what gave me myself back.  And, I love being able to share my talents and get creative through photography & videos. Every bit of it I love. It gives me hope and it keeps me positive! So I will always support the music and those people that I love for those reasons.

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Backstage at ACMs Fremont Street Experience: Rod Essig (CAA), Jana Kramer, Rob Light (CAA)

Why did I not ever think I would be at the ACMs? Because they are simply the ACMs! Who am I really? How would anyone ever let ME attend? I’m not sure how worthy I am to attend such a prestigious weekend of events. Secondly, I thought I might actually be in a wheelchair now because of MS, unable to even hold my camera, or blind. Not able to enjoy any of this or able to pursue my dreams.

Anyway, enough of that, I just wanted to explain. Back to the ACMs!

Each day, I took in the ACM Experience, a fun outdoor/indoor festival of music, food, and more over at Mandalay Bay. So much fun! Many artists performed there and did autograph signings, too. A little bit like CMA Music Festival.

I was permitted to cover the ACM Fremont Street Experience concerts that took place the 2 days prior to the actual award show in downtown Las Vegas under this cool covered area with a light show at night. Wow, was that ever fun! Each night of the concerts there were over 22,000 people present in the crowd. I was front row in the press area and backstage for these 2 nights of special shows featuring: Love & Theft, Hunter Hayes, Brantley Gilbert, Scotty McCreery, Eric Church, Jana Kramer, Luke Bryan, Eli Young Band, Laura Bell Bundy, and Craig Campbell. All full band shows and all amazing in their own right! They each fed off the energy of the enormous crowd and gave it their all showing why exactly they are each forces to be reckoned with in the country music industry.

I took tons of amazing pictures that you can see right here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/63968823@N03/

During the actual award show on Sunday, April 1st, I attended the ACM award show taking place at the MGM Grand and just enjoyed the evening. Hopefully, one day I can go back and experience the Red Carpet! I would LOVE to be able to shoot photographs from there, too! However, I thoroughly enjoyed the show and got to experience the best live music experience of my life!

I am grateful to do what I do. I feel very blessed. I’m also very grateful to the ACM staff and PR agency for allowing me to cover this very special weekend of events. I didn’t take one moment of it for granted and enjoyed every second of it!

If you don’t believe in anything, believe in this…there is great healing power in music.  I know this because music has healed me in many ways.  Not my MS, of course, it’s incurable, but today I am walking, seeing, still own my condo (I’m very much independent), happy, and doing what I love.  I believe this is because of my work with music and the incredible people (many of whom I call friends) who have entered my life because of this.  I, also, believe it’s due to my faith and my trust in God.  I never lost faith and no matter what life throws at you, neither should you.

Dreams CAN come true if you continue to believe and you work for them. 🙂

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