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SUPERSTAR DUO BROOKS & DUNN TO RECEIVE NASH ICON AWARD PRESENTED BY FORD F-SERIES AT THE "2016 AMERICAN COUNTRY COUNTDOWN AWARDS"
Legendary Duo Will Also Perform on the 2nd Annual Country Music Awards Show
Airing Live from Los Angeles Sunday, May 1, On FOX
Previous NASH Icon Recipient Reba McEntire
to Present Award to Longtime Friends and Collaborators
Superstar country duo Brooks & Dunn will receive the NASH Icon Award Presented by Ford F-Series, and will perform at the 2016 AMERICAN COUNTRY COUNTDOWN AWARDS airing live from the Forum in Inglewood, CA, Sunday, May 1 (8:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) on FOX.
Reba McEntire, recipient of the 2014 NASH Icon Award and longtime friend of Brooks & Dunn, will present the award, which is given to an artist whose extraordinary talent has influenced generations of musicians and honors the accomplishments and artistry of the recipient.
"Brooks & Dunn have indelibly etched their legacy as the biggest-selling duo in country music history," said executive producer Mark Bracco. "Their outstanding career achievements have influenced legions of artists and fans alike, and we're proud to recognize their tremendous success and ongoing musical impact with this well-deserved award."
Brooks & Dunn join previously announced performers Kelsea Ballerini, Luke Bryan, Cam, Dan + Shay, Florida Georgia Line, Sam Hunt, Martina McBride, Thomas Rhett, Cole Swindell and Carrie Underwood.
"Many Ford customers - especially our F-Series truck customers - are fans of country music," said Matt McDonnell, Ford Truck Experiential Marketing Manager. "Country music is part of Ford's heritage, and we are pleased to support the Nash Icon Award Presented by Ford F-Series and this incredible showcase of talent."
With 23 career chart-toppers and 30 million albums sold, Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn, of the country duo Brooks & Dunn, are the best-selling duo in country music history. They have amassed more than 80 industry awards, including two Grammy(R) Awards, 20 Country Music Association trophies and 27 Academy of Country Music honors, making them the most-awarded act in ACM history. They have been named Entertainer of the Year four times collectively by the ACM and CMA. Since their debut in 1991, Brooks & Dunn have remained among country music's most popular touring acts, a testament both to their showmanship and to their status as one of the true bedrock artists of country music.
Reba has become a household name across music, television, film, theater and retail. The Country Music Hall of Fame and Grand Ole Opry member is one of the most successful female recording artists in history, selling more than 56 million albums worldwide and garnering 35 No. 1 singles over her illustrious 40-year career. The Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame inductee has won 15 American Music Awards, 13 ACM Awards, nine People's Choice Awards, seven CMA Awards and two Grammy Awards, among other honors. Her latest offering, the chart-topping "Love Somebody" (Nash Icon Records), solidified Reba with the most No. 1 Billboard Top Country albums among women and scored the biggest single sales debut of her career with the lead single, "Going Out Like That."
The trio will return to The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in May for "REBA, BROOKS & DUNN: Together in Vegas," already selling out all 18 consecutive shows for over 75,000 fans.
The AMERICAN COUNTRY COUNTDOWN AWARDS is based on country music's longest-running radio countdown show (43 years), "American Country Countdown with Kix Brooks," and honors country music's biggest stars, based on album sales and radio airplay. Finalists and winners for all categories are based on radio airplay charts, sales and streaming data from April 1, 2015 to March 28, 2016 provided by BuzzAngle Music. Touring data is from Pollstar's "The Concert Hotwire."
Tickets for the AMERICAN COUNTRY COUNTDOWN AWARDS at the "Fabulous" Forum are on sale now at www.ticketmaster.com.
The AMERICAN COUNTRY COUNTDOWN AWARDS is produced by dick clark productions. Allen Shapiro (CEO, dick clark productions), Mike Mahan (President, dick clark productions), Mark Bracco (Executive Vice President, Programming and Development, dick clark productions), Kix Brooks, Richard Godfrey and Tom Forrest are executive producers.
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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 COUNTRY COUNTDOWN AWARDS, "American Music Awards," "Billboard Music Awards," "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest," "Golden Globe Awards," "Hollywood Film Awards" and the "Streamy Awards." Weekly television programming includes SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE, from 19 Entertainment, a division of CORE Media Group and dcp. dcp also owns one of the world's most unique and extensive entertainment archive libraries, with more than 55 years of award-winning shows, historic programs, specials, performances and legendary programming. For additional information, visit www.dickclark.com.
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