Fan voting for Entertainer of the Year and New Artist of the Year awards now open


STARTING TODAY Country Music Fans Have the Power to Vote for Entertainer of the Year and ACM New Artist of the Year at

ENCINO, CA (March 24, 2014) — The Academy of Country Music, the Ram Truck brand and Kohl’s Department Stores announced today that fan voting is now open for the Entertainer of the Year award,which will be powered by Ram for the fifth year in a row, as well as the ACM New Artist of the Year award, which will be presented by Kohl’s. Country music fans have the power to choose the winners by casting their votes now at The awards will be given out during the 49th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards, to be broadcast LIVE from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Sunday, April 6, 2014 at 8:00PM, live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network.This year, for the fourth time, the ACM Awards will feature the ACM Ram Red Carpet to welcome country’s biggest stars to the show.    

“Ram truck and country music fans share the same work-hard, play-hard attitude,” said Reid Bigland, President and CEO – Ram Truck Brand, Chrysler Group LLC. “We are honored to be a key partner of the Academy of Country Music Awards for the fifth consecutive year and to present a multifaceted, multimedia experience that includes sponsoring Entertainer of the Year voting. Ram congratulates all the nominated artists and we look forward to seeing who the fans select.”

“Winning the New Artist of the Year award is a pivotal moment in any new artist’s career,” said Michelle Gass, Kohl’s chief customer officer. “Kohl’s is proud to sponsor that moment and once again partner with the Academy of Country Music Awards to present this award. We congratulate all of the nominees and are excited to see who the fans choose.”

Entertainer of the Year fan voting – powered by the Ram Truck brand – will once again provide fans the opportunity to vote for the Academy’s most prestigious award, Entertainer of the Year, for which Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, George Strait and Taylor Swift are nominated. Fans will also help choose the ACM New Artist of the Year presented by Kohl’s, for which Brett Eldredge, Justin Moore and Kip Moore are the nominees.Fan voting for Entertainer of the Year and ACM New Artist of the Year is now open at New Artist of the Year voting will close at 8:00PM ET / 5:00PM PT on Sunday, April 6, 2013 (before the LIVE show starts), and Entertainer of the Year voting will close during the third hour of the LIVE broadcast. Online fan voting for both categories is open to fans in the United States, Canada and Australia. Text voting for Entertainer of the Year during the live broadcast is open to fans in the United States only.

Leading up to the show, fans can watch interviews and exclusive performances with the three final ACM New Artist of the Year nominees on Great American Country’s “ACM New Artist of the Year” special, premiering Monday, March 24 at 8:00PM ET and re-airing multiple times until voting closes on April 6. Additional air times and dates can be found at

About the Academy of Country Music Awards

The 49th 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, April 6, 2014 at 8:00 PM live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network.  Allen Shapiro, Mike Mahan and R.A. Clark and Barry Adelman are executive producers.  Bob Romeo is executive producer for the Academy of Country Music.

About Ram Truck Brand

The Ram Truck brand continues to establish its own identity and clearly define its customer since its launch as a standalone vehicle brand. Creating a distinct brand for Ram trucks has allowed the brand to concentrate on how core customers use their trucks and what new features they’d like to see. Whether focusing on a family that uses its half-ton truck day in and day out, a hard-working Ram Heavy Duty owner or a business that depends on its commercial vehicles every day, Ram has the truck market covered.

The Ram Truck brand has the most innovative lineup of full-size trucks on the market. Ram Truck has emerged as a full-size truck leader by investing substantially in new products, infusing them with great looks, refined interiors, durable engines and features that further enhance their capabilities. Truck customers, from half-ton to commercial, have a demanding range of needs and require their vehicles to provide high levels of capability. Ram trucks are designed to deliver a total package.

About Kohl’s

Based in Menomonee Falls, Wis., Kohl’s (NYSE: KSS) is a family-focused, value-oriented specialty department store offering moderately priced, exclusive and national brand apparel, shoes, accessories, beauty and home products in an exciting shopping environment. With a commitment to environmental leadership, Kohl’s operates 1,162 stores in 49 states. In support of the communities it serves, Kohl’s has raised more than $257 million for children’s initiatives nationwide through its Kohl’s Cares® cause merchandise program, which operates under Kohl’s Cares, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Kohl’s Department Stores, Inc. For a list of store locations and information, or for the added convenience of shopping online, visit, join the discussion on Facebook ( or Twitter ( or get inspired on Pinterest ( and Instagram (

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