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04.03.08
A Nice of Dose of Randy with a Little Sugar
ENCINO, CA (April 2, 2008) – The Academy of Country Music (ACM) is announcing that on May 16 Randy Owen and on May 17 Sugarland will perform at Fremont Street Experience in Las Vegas. The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority is the title sponsor of the two-day party featuring free, open-to-the-public musical performances and boot-stompin’ fun. The concerts are part of the week’s festivities leading up to the 43rd Annual Academy of Country Music Awards, which will be broadcast LIVE from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas Sunday, May 18, 2008 at 8:00 p.m. live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network.

On Friday, May 16 at 10:30 p.m. PST, Randy Owen will hit the stage on Fremont Street performing songs from his debut solo album One on One. His current single “Braid My Hair” has been a fixture on the country charts since its release in early 2008. Owen was the lead singer for Alabama, which up until their 2003 Farewell Tour had received 66 nominations and 19 wins from the ACM.

Former ACM “New Duo/Group of the Year” winner Sugarland will take the stage Saturday, May 17 at 10:30 p.m., following the Academy of Country Music 5th Annual Charity Motorcycle Ride and Jam. Duo members Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush are nominated for four Academy of Country Music Awards this year for their multi platinum-selling album Enjoy the Ride, including “Top Vocal Duo” and “Video of the Year” (“Stay”). The duo is also nominated for “Single Record of the Year” and “Song of the Year” for “Stay,” which both Nettles and Bush produced and Nettles single-handedly wrote. Sugarland is currently working on their third album, scheduled for September release.

Both performances will be preceded by special guest performers, to be announced in May.

Fremont Street Experience
Fremont Street Experience is a five-block entertainment zone in downtown Las Vegas that is one of the world’s most-visited attractions. Fremont Street Experience features the world’s largest video screen at 1,500 feet long 90 feet above the pedestrian mall. VivaVision, with 12.5 million digital lights and a 550,000-watt sound system, dazzles visitors nightly with light & sound shows. Encompassing 10 hotel-casinos, 60 restaurants and free entertainment, Fremont Street Experience attracts over 18 million annual visitors. Visit www.vegasexperience.com for more information.

ABOUT THE LVCVA

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) is charged with marketing Southern Nevada as a tourism and convention destination worldwide, and also with operating the Las Vegas Convention Center and Cashman Center. With approximately 136,000 hotel rooms in Las Vegas alone and 9.7 million square feet of meeting and exhibit space citywide, the LVCVA's mission centers on attracting ever increasing numbers of leisure and business visitors to the area. For more information, go to www.lvcva.com or www.VisitLasVegas.com.





Academy of Country Music Awards
The 43rd ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS is dedicated to honoring and showcasing the biggest names and emerging talent in the country music industry. The show is produced for television by Dick Clark Productions and will be broadcast LIVE from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas Sunday, May 18, 2008 at 8:00 PM live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network. The show is executive produced by R.A. Clark, and produced by Barry Adelman. The executive in charge of production is Bob Bardo.

For more information on the ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC and the ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS, please visit www.acmcountry.com. For more information on the ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC CHARITABLE FUND, please visit www.acmcf.org.

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