Sunday night’s Academy of Country Music Awards were such a success plans to bring the show back to Vegas are already underway!
TV executives have already met this week to start planning next year’s CBS broadcast. “Exactly 48 hours after the Sunday broadcast, it was time for the first planning session for the 2012 47th annual awards,” a top ACM staffer said.
If you’re wondering why TV execs have already started talking about next year’s awards show here’s a little rundown of just how much time and energy went into the annual event.
“It is one of the most ambitious logistical planning shows on the television calendar. We brought in over 150 staff and crew from Los Angeles and Nashville to pull it off this year. The load-in alone began 10 days prior and took nearly 1,300 hours. Add that to the two hosts, 18 acts, 100-plus musicians and background singers and four special guests, and you understand the magnitude of it all—and the need to start planning literally the day after.”
And this year the 46th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards turned up the heat with two simultaneous broadcasts from two different locations. CBS had 12 cameras, including four jibs, for the back-to-back productions in MGM Grand Garden Arena. “It was the first time this year we had live performances from two different venues—MGM and the Mandalay Bay Events Center. We have very special thanks to the State of Nevada and the Clark County and Las Vegas authorities for the escorts getting our hosts safely back and forth from one venue—MGM to the other, Mandalay Bay—on time without any problem. Everything could have gone wrong live, but it all went smoother than expected.
“Now the conversations are on for next year already to make it even bigger, better and more spectacular. The two nights of free downtown concerts on Freemont Street were also an incredible success with record numbers. In all—record voting and record ratings. It was a very good year!”
While the ACM awards are over there are still some Las Vegas country music events you should look out for. ACM and CBS have set April 22 as the airdate for the 2-hour Girls Night Out: Superstar Women of Country—The Concert of the Year that was taped Monday at MGM Grand. The show honored The Judds, Miranda Lambert, Loretta Lynn, Martina McBride, Jennifer Nettles, Reba McEntire and Carrie Underwood.
The ACM Awards are contracted to Las Vegas for next year, but after that it’s unclear where they will go. Las Vegas officials will be working in the next 12 months to extend the deal. Hopefully the ACM Awards will remain in Sin City for years to come!