ACM Awards Go Big In Texas

The Academy of Country Music announced during its April 6 awards show telecast that the 50th staging of the event would take place at  near Dallas, in what would be the first event of its kind.

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Luke Bryan and Blake Shelton take a selfie at the 49th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

It also explains why the cameras were on Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones so often during the show.

The news was announced by soon-to-be-named entertainer of the year George Strait during the ACM broadcast, which will take place April 19, 2015, at the Arlington, Texas, venue.

“For our 50th anniversary, we wanted to invite more fans than ever to our party,’ said Academy of Country Music CEO Bob Romeo in a statement. “Tickets to the ACM Awards sell out in minutes; country fans make their vacation plans around our events. In 2015, we’ll celebrate with the biggest group of mega artists at ACM Party for a Cause and allow more music fans to experience the awards by hosting it in the premier stadium in the country.”

Blake Shelton and  are already lined up to co-host again in 2015.

There will be another two-day celebration around the awards – the Party For A Cause charitable event – including live music, food, vendors and more at adjacent Globe Life Park. The general public onsale is April 15, while ACM professional members and “A-list” tickets become available April 10.