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ACMs move to April, name George Strait Artist of the Decade

Thursday, October 30, 2008 – The 44th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards will be held one month earlier than usual. The 2009 event will be staged April 5 in Las Vegas instead of mid-May. George Strait also will be honored as Artist of the Decade. The Academy will tape a new special for Strait at the same location on Monday, April 6th to air at a later date on CBS. This marks the first time the Artist of the Decade Award will be delivered during its own, unique televised event.

Reba McEntire will host for the 11th time. She has won 11 Academy of Country Music Awards including the first-ever annual Academy of Country Music/The Home Depot Humanitarian Award for her outstanding philanthropic work. This is the second year the ACMs will take place on a Sunday, the fourth year the show will be based at MGM Grand and the seventh year the show will be held in Las Vegas.

Strait will receive the award in recognition of his record-breaking career of nearly 25 years. Only four other acts have been so honored, including Marty Robbins in 1969, Loretta Lynn in 1979, Alabama in 1988 and Garth Brooks in 1998. Strait has won 19 Academy of Country Music Awards including Entertainer of the Year in 1990. Strait also holds the record for the most number 1 hits on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts and currently has 56 number one singles to his credit. He has sold more than 68 million records, garnering him 32 different platinum or multi-platinum albums resulting in the most RIAA platinum certification in country music and the third in all genres, behind The Beatles and Elvis Presley.

Tickets for both events go on sale on Thursday, Nov. 6.

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