Private Backstage Event will also Feature Live Performances from Chris Janson, Jake Owen, Rodney Atkins and Tyler Rich

More than 90 of Country’s Biggest Stars and Artists will Enhance the Backstage Experience Featuring Exclusive Multi-Platform Content, Radio Row, Social Media Activations, and A-List Interviews with the Brightest Stars and Hottest New Talent

NEW YORK, NY – April 11, 2018 – Westwood One will welcome more than 90 of Country music’s biggest and brightest stars to its Westwood One Backstage at the Academy of Country Music Awards™ to celebrate the 53rd Academy of Country Music Awards, Country Music’s Party of the Year®. Top Country superstars and hot, new emerging talent – including Keith Urban, Miranda Lambert, Lady Antebellum, Old Dominion, LOCASH, Danielle Bradbery, Maren Morris, Kelsea Ballerini, Thomas Rhett, Kane Brown, Chris Young, and more will engage with 25 of America’s top Country stations and national shows. Westwood One and Cumulus Media are the official national radio partners for the 53rd Academy of Country Music Awards.

“With our long-standing official partnership, only Westwood One Backstage and the Academy of Country Music Awards can deliver such extraordinary star-power to our listeners, affiliates, and advertisers,” said Suzanne Grimes, EVP, Corporate Marketing for Cumulus Media and President, Westwood One. “We’re bringing the biggest Country music stars and radio personalities together to capture unique over the air, on demand, and social content that celebrates the passion, the energy, and the glory of Country music at its best.”

The exclusive star-studded Westwood One Backstage at the Academy of Country Music Awards features a robust radio row, extensive multi-platform content, live performances, and social media experiences. It will take place on Friday, April 13 and Saturday, April 14 from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm PT during rehearsals for the 53rd Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, NV.

Westwood One Backstage at the Academy of Country Music Awards will also feature live performances from Big Machine Label Group recording artist Tyler Rich on Thursday, newly-inducted Grand Ole Opry member Chris Janson and ACM-Award winner Jake Owen on Friday and ACM-Award winner Rodney Atkins on Saturday.

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The 53rd ACM Awards takes place on Sunday, April 15, 2018, from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and will broadcast LIVE at 8:00 pm ET/PT on the CBS Television Network. The show will be hosted by the “Queen of Country,” Reba McEntire.

Reporters who are interested in attending and covering our exclusive backstage event can contact Jana Polsky at

About the Academy of Country Music Awards
The 53rd 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 broadcast LIVE from MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 15, 2018 at 8:00 PM live ET/PT on the CBS Television Network. Allen Shapiro, Mike Mahan, R.A. Clark, Barry Adelman and Mark Bracco are executive producers. Pete Fisher is executive producer for the Academy of Country Music.

About dick clark productions
dick clark productions (dcp) is the world’s largest producer and proprietor of televised live event entertainment programming with the “Academy of Country Music Awards,” “American Music Awards,” “Billboard Music Awards,” “Golden Globe Awards,” “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest” and the “Streamy Awards.” Weekly television programming includes “So You Think You Can Dance” from 19 Entertainment and dcp. dcp also owns one of the world’s most unique and extensive entertainment archive libraries with over 60 years of award-winning shows, historic programs, specials, performances and legendary programming. dcp is a division of Valence Media, a diversified media company with divisions and strategic investments in premium television, wide release film, specialty film, live events and digital media. For additional information, visit

About Westwood One
Westwood One, the national-facing arm of Cumulus Media, offers iconic, nationally syndicated sports, news and entertainment content to 245 million listeners each week across an audio network of 8,000 affiliated broadcast radio stations and media partners. Westwood One is the largest audio broadcast network in America, home to premium content that defines the culture, including the NFL, the NCAA, the Masters, the Olympics, Westwood One Backstage, the GRAMMYs, the Academy of Country Music Awards, the Billboard Music Awards and the American Music Awards. The rapidly growing Westwood One Podcast Network delivers popular network and industry personalities and programs. Westwood One connects listeners with their passions through programs and platforms that have everyone listening. For more information please visit

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