The ACM Awards’ Multitasking Plans For 2011

The Academy Of Country Music Awards is set for the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas April 3. However, the Academy has more up its sleeve than handing out awards.

Produced by dick clark productions and hosted this year by Reba and Blake Shelton, the 46th annual ACM Awards airs on CBS which beams it out live for East Coast viewers but tape delays it for its West Coast audience, proving that someone at the network still hasn’t gotten the hang of this Internet thing.

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Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, Conn.

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Wells Fargo Center For The Arts, Santa Rosa, Calif.

The Academy has something planned for folks who want to see the awards show at the arena, but aren’t able to score tickets. Headlined by Sugarland, the first-ever ACM Fan Jam happens at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino during and after the awards show and will feature top country entertainment. The plan calls for the Fan Jam to be included in the awards show via three live remotes. In addition to Sugarland, other country acts participating in Fan Jam will be announced shortly.

“We sell out our awards show tickets within minutes of going on sale, every year,” Academy Of Country Music CEO Bob Romeo said. “With Sugarland’s help, the Academy is answering the demand of more and better access to the awards show with Fan Jam, with a family-friendly ticket price and a promise that this experience will be like no other in ACM Awards history.”

But the fun doesn’t stop with the Fan Jam and ACM Awards. One night later on April 4 the Academy will present and record for television a concert at the MGM Grand Garden Arena called “Girls’ Night Out: Superstar Women Of Country.” Also produced by dick clark productions, the special will air on CBS on a date to be announced.

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1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre, Tampa, Fla.

Ticket sales for the ACM Awards and “Girls Night Out: Superstar Women Of Country” begin Jan. 19 at 1 p.m. Eastern Time and run through Feb. 18 for fans who have joined the ACM A-List. Any tickets remaining after Feb. 18 will become available to the general public. Tickets for Fan Jam also go up Jan. 19 and are priced at $35 and $55. For more information, click here for the Academy Of Country Music website.