As part of the 50th anniversary festivities surrounding this year’s Academy of Country Music awards, which will be at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, the ACM’s philanthropic arm, ACM Lifting Lives, announced today it will host a pair of galas in Dallas and Fort Worth on April 17.
The inaugural “One Night, Two Cities, All Music” galas, presented by Mattress Firm and benefiting the Child Life Zones in Children’s Health of Dallas and Cook Children’s of Fort Worth, will take place at Dallas’ Omni Hotel and the Fort Worth Zoo, with a glittering guest list planned for each event.
The two galas with the single title will unfold simultaneously in each city.
The Dallas gala will feature performances from Lady Antebellum and Hunter Hayes, while the Fort Worth gala will feature performances from Keith Urban and Little Big Town.
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The Fort Worth gala will also boast some high profile co-hosts: Garth Brooks, whose charity, Teammates for Kids, is a beneficiary of the galas, and Trisha Yearwood, who will be joined by Entertainment Tonight’s Nancy O’Dell.
According to press materials, Brooks and Yearwood will “alternate between both locations throughout the evening,” with “a host of celebrities along with prominent music industry and entertainment executives” planning to attend.
The galas will include a cocktail reception, dinner, a live auction and the aforementioned concerts.
“The Academy has an almost 50-year history of charitable giving and wonderful relationships with Garth and Trisha,” said Bob Romeo, ACM CEO, in a statement. “When Garth called about hosting this event, it was the culmination of years of hard work, and furthers the missions of our organizations — healing through the power of music, and improving lives by connecting fans, artists and the industry.”
The 50th annual ACM awards, hosted by Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan, will be broadcast live on CBS from Arlington’s AT&T Stadium at 7 p.m. April 19.
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