This year's Academy of Country Music Awards will once again be held in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand Garden Arena and a familiar face will serve as host – Reba McEntire. This will mark the 12th year that the superstar has been honored with hosting duties. The 45th annual event will air live on CBS Sunday, April 18 at 8 PM, ET.
Meanwhile, the ACM will also tape a special concert in tribute to departing duo Brooks & Dunn the night following the awards shows on April 19. ACM Presents: Brooks & Dunn – The Last Rodeo will feature all-star appearances by Reba, Kenny Chesney, Rascal Flatts, Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban. Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn will be saluted with the ACM's Milestone Award, as well as be honored for holding tight onto a couple of records. The pair currently has the most wins of any artists in the history of the Academy of Country Music with 26 victories, three of which came in the prestigious Entertainer of the Year category. Brooks & Dunn also snagged 15 Top Vocal Duo wins in their career - the most of any duo so far. Eight of those titles came consecutively from 2000 to 2007. ACM Presents: Brooks & Dunn – The Last Rodeo will air on CBS, although, no official air date is set at this time. Tickets for both the Brooks & Dunn tribute, which will benefit ACM Lifting Lives, and the ACM Awards will go on sale on January 15.
In other Reba news, she holds on to #1 on the charts again this week with "Consider Me Gone", her 4th week at the top of Billboard and Midabase charts. The follow up to that song is the title track off her album "Keep On Loving You" and is due to hit country radio later this month.