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The finalists for THE 2011 BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS have been announced and Canadians Justin Bieber and Drake could be walking away with some new hardware during the live broadcast on Sunday, May 22 at 8 p.m. ET on CTV (visit CTV.ca to confirm local broadcast times).

Additional broadcast details will be announced in the coming weeks.

Homegrown sensation Drake is up for awards in four categories including Top Rap Artist, while Canadian heartthrob Justin Bieber is a finalist in 11 categories including Top Artist, closely behind Rihanna who is in the lead as a finalist in 18 award categories, including Top Artist and Top Female Artist.

Other favoured artists include Eminem, who is a finalist in 16 award categories, Lady Gaga with 12 categories, Bruno Mars with 11 and Taio Cruz with five. THE 2011 BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS air live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

THE BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS take a holistic look at artist performance based on key fan interactions with finalists and winners determined by chart performance and social and streaming activity as chronicled in Billboard magazine and on Billboard.com, during the eligibility period of February 28, 2010 through March 1, 2011.

The 46 award categories are based on measures provided by Billboard’s data partners, including sales data shared by Nielsen SoundScan, radio airplay monitored by Nielsen BDS, streaming data measured by Tubemogul and Nielsen BDS, social media consumption gauged by Next Big Sound and tour grosses tracked by Billboard Boxscore.

 

The finalists for the 2011 Billboard Music Awards are:

 

ARTIST AWARDS 

 

Top Artist:

Justin Bieber

Eminem

Lady Gaga

Rihanna

Taylor Swift

 

Top New Artist:

Justin Bieber

Taio Cruz

Ke$ha

Bruno Mars

Nicki Minaj

 

Top Male Artist:

Justin Bieber

Drake

Eminem

Bruno Mars

Usher

 

Top Female Artist:

Ke$ha

Lady Gaga

Katy Perry

Rihanna

Taylor Swift

 

Top Duo/Group:

The Black Eyed Peas

Bon Jovi

Lady Antebellum

Linkin Park

U2

 

Top Billboard 200 Artist:

Justin Bieber

Susan Boyle

Eminem

Lady Antebellum

Taylor Swift

 

Top Hot 100 Artist:

Ke$ha

Bruno Mars

Katy Perry

Rihanna

Usher

 

Top Digital Songs Artist:

Eminem

Ke$ha

Bruno Mars

Katy Perry

Rihanna

 

Top Radio Songs Artist:

Drake

Bruno Mars

Katy Perry

Rihanna

Usher

 

Top Touring Artist:

Bon Jovi

Michael Buble

Lady Gaga

U2

Roger Waters

 

Top Social Artist:

Akon

Justin Bieber

Eminem

Lady Gaga

Rihanna

 

Top Streaming Artist:

Justin Bieber

Eminem

Lady Gaga

Rihanna

Shakira

 

Top Digital Media Artist:

Akon

Justin Bieber

Eminem

Lady Gaga

Rihanna

 

Top Pop Artist:

Justin Bieber

The Black Eyed Peas

Ke$ha

Lady Gaga

Katy Perry

 

Top R&B Artist:

Alicia Keys

Monica

Rihanna

Trey Songz

Usher

 

Top Rap Artist:

Drake

Eminem

Lil Wayne

Ludacris

Nicki Minaj

 

Top Country Artist:

Jason Aldean

Kenny Chesney

Lady Antebellum

Taylor Swift

Zac Brown Band

 

Top Rock Artist:

Kings of Leon

Linkin Park

Mumford & Sons

Muse

Train

 

Top Alternative Artist:

The Black Keys

Kings of Leon

Linkin Park

Mumford & Sons

Muse

 

Top Latin Artist:

Enrique Iglesias

Pitbull

Prince Royce

Shakira

Wisin & Yandel

 

Top Dance Artist:

The Black Eyed Peas

David Guetta

Lady Gaga

LaRoux

Rihanna

 

Top Christian Artist:

Casting Crowns

MercyMe

Skillet

tobyMac

Chris Tomlin

 

 

ALBUMS AWARDS 

 

Top Billboard 200 Album:

Justin Bieber — My World 2.0

Susan Boyle — The Gift

Eminem — Recovery

Lady Antebellum — Need You Now

Taylor Swift — Speak Now

 

Top Pop Album:

Justin Bieber — My World 2.0

Black Eyed Peas — The E.N.D.

Ke$ha — Animal

Lady Gaga — The Fame

Katy Perry — Teenage Dream

 

Top R&B Album:

Monica — Still Standing

Rihanna — Loud

Sade — Stronger Than Love

Trey Songz — Passion, Pain & Pleasure

Usher — Raymond v. Raymond

 

Top Rap Album:

Drake — Thank Me Later

Eminem — Recovery

Nicki Minaj — Pink Friday

Lil Wayne — I Am Not a Human Being

Kanye West — My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

 

Top Country Album:

Jason Aldean — My Kinda Party

Lady Antebellum — Need You Now

Sugarland — The Incredible Machine

Taylor Swift — Speak Now

Zac Brown Band — The Foundation

 

Top Rock Album:

The Black Keys — Brothers

Jack Johnson — To the Sea

Kid Rock — Born Free

Linkin Park — A Thousand Suns

Mumford & Sons — Sigh No More

 

Top Alternative Album:

The Black Keys — Brothers

Jack Johnson — To the Sea

Kings of Leon — Come Around Midnight

Linkin Park — A Thousand Suns

Mumford & Sons — Sigh No More

 

Top Latin Album:

Marc Anthony — Iconos

Camila — Dejarte De Amar

Enrique Iglesias — Euphoria

Prince Royce — Prince Royce

Shakira — Sale El Sol

 

Top Dance/Electronic Album:

Daft Punk — Tron Legacy (Soundtrack)

Lady Gaga — The Fame

Lady Gaga — The Fame Monster

Lady Gaga — The Remix

Owl City — Ocean Eyes

 

Top Christian Album:

MercyMe — The Generous Mr. Lovewell

Skillet — Awake

tobyMac — Tonight

Chris Tomlin — And If Our God is for Us

Various Artists — WOW Hits 2011

 

 

SONG AWARDS

 

Top Hot 100 Song:

Taio Cruz — “Dynamite”

Eminem Feat. Rihanna — “Love The Way You Lie”

Bruno Mars — “Just the Way You Are”

Katy Perry Feat. Snoop Dogg — “California Gurls”

Usher Feat. will.i.am — “OMG”

 

Top Digital Song:

B.o.B Feat. Hayley Williams — “Airplanes”

Taio Cruz — “Dynamite”

Eminem Feat. Rihanna — “Love the Way You Lie”

Bruno Mars — “Just the Way You Are”

Katy Perry Feat. Snoop Dogg — “California Gurls”

 

Top Radio Song:

Taio Cruz — “Dynamite”

Eminem Feat. Rihanna — “Love the Way You Lie”

Bruno Mars — “Just the Way You Are”

Usher Featuring Pitbull — “DJ Got Us Fallin’ In Love”

Usher Feat. will.i.am — “OMG”

 

Top Streaming Song (Audio):

Taio Cruz — “Dynamite”

Eminem Feat. Rihanna — “Love the Way You Lie”

Lady Antebellum — “Need You Now”

Bruno Mars — “Just the Way You Are”

Nelly — “Just A Dream”

 

Top Streaming Song (Video):

Justin Bieber Feat. Ludacris — “Baby”

Eminem — “Not Afraid”

Eminem Feat. Rihanna — “Love the Way You Lie”

Lady Gaga — “Bad Romance”

Shakira Feat. Freshleyground — “Waka Waka (This Time For Africa)”

 

Top Pop Song:

Taio Cruz — “Dynamite”

Bruno Mars — “Just the Way You Are”

Katy Perry Feat. Snoop Dogg — “California Gurls”

Katy Perry — “Firework”

Katy Perry — “Teenage Dream”

 

Top R&B Song:

Alicia Keys — “Unthinkable (I’m Ready)”

Rihanna Featuring Drake — “What’s My Name”

Trey Songz Feat. Nicki Minaj — “Bottoms Up”

Usher Feat. will.i.am — “OMG”

Usher — “There Goes My Baby”

 

Top Rap Song:

B.o.B Feat. Hayley Williams — “Airplanes”

B.o.B Feat. Bruno Mars — “Nothin’ on You”

Eminem Feat. Rihanna — “Love the Way You Lie”

Far*East Movement Feat. Dev & The Cataracs — “Like A G6”

Nelly — “Just a Dream”

 

Top Country Song:

The Band Perry — “If I Die Young”

Lady Antebellum — “Need You Now”

Miranda Lambert — “The House That Built Me”

Sugarland — “Stuck Like Glue”

Taylor Swift — “Mine”

 

Top Rock Song:

The Dirty Heads Featuring Rome — “Lay Me Down”

Florence + The Machine — “Dog Days Are Over”

Mumford & Sons — “Little Lion Man”

Neon Trees — “Animal”

Train — “Hey, Soul Sister”

 

Top Alternative Song:

Florence + The Machine — “Dog Days Are Over”

Linkin Park — “Waiting on the End”

Mumford & Sons — “The Cave”

Mumford & Sons — “Little Lion Man”

Neon Trees — “Animal”

 

Top Latin Song:

Enrique Iglesias Featuring Juan Luis Guerra “Cuando Me Enamoro”

Pitbull — “Bon Bon”

Shakira — “Gypsy”

Shakira Feat. El Cata — “Loca”

Shakira Feat. Freshleyground — “Waka Waka (This Time For Africa)”

 

Top Dance Song:

Lady Gaga — “Bad Romance”

Lady Gaga Feat. Beyonce — “Telephone”

La Roux — “Bulletproof”

Edward Maya &Vika Jigulina — “Stereo Love”

Yolanda Be Cool & Dcup — “We Speak No Americano”

 

Top Christian Song:

Kris Allen — “Live Like We’re Dying”

MercyMe — “All of Creation”

Sanctus Real — “Lead Me”

tobyMac — “Get Back Up”

Chris Tomlin — “Our God”

Saturday, April 9 – 8pm ET/PT on Global

Hosted by Gemini and Golden Globe� Award nominee Adam Beach (The Hot Zone, Hawaii Five-0) and Evan Adams (Lost in the Barrens, The Beachcombers), the Awards encourage and celebrate excellence in First Nations, Inuit and M�tis communities nationwide. This year’s NAAA reflects the theme “United in Celebration” and showcases an array of performances including 2010 JUNO Award winners Digging Roots, country sensation Shane Yellowbird, Inuit rocker Lucie Idlout and contemporary dance troupe Red Sky Performance.

CTV today announced that it has acquired the exclusive Canadian rights to the re-emergence of THE 2011 BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS in a multi-year deal.

Secured on the heels of a record-breaking awards broadcast season, the acquisition of the newly-imagined awards broadcast augments CTV’s already robust lineup of viewer-favourite, top-rated award shows, including THE ACADEMY AWARDS®, THE GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS® and THE JUNO AWARDS.

THE 2011 BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS honour music’s most popular artists, live from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Sunday, May 22, 8-11 p.m. ET on CTV. Broadcast details will be announced in the coming weeks. 

“As mass audience television events, award shows have never been more popular,” said Phil King, President, CTV Programming and Sports “THE 2011 BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS is a dynamic complement to our industry-leading Event Television lineup.”

 

CTV’s award show broadcasts have drawn huge audiences and shown amazing year-over-year growth:

 

THE 83rd ANNUAL ACADEMY AWARDS® (+6% A18-49 / 6.3 million total viewers) 

THE 68TH ANNUAL GOLDEN GLOBE® AWARDS (+26% A18-49 / 3.4 million total viewers)

THE 62nd PRIMETIME EMMY® AWARDS (+61% A18-34 / 2.5 million total viewers)

THE 2011 JUNO AWARDS (+36% A18-49 / 2.4 million total viewers, and the most-watched JUNO AWARDS on record*) 

 

The overall trend in the industry is similar, with THE 53rd ANNUAL GRAMMY® AWARDS demonstrating the same upward ratings trajectory, +39% A18-34 over last year.

THE 2011 BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS are the most recent addition to CTV’s Event Television lineup, delivering viewers yet another star-studded, blockbuster celebration of music. The program also provides a bridge between THE JUNOS AWARDS, which CTV recently extended through 2016, into the always popular MUCHMUSIC VIDEO AWARDS, airing this year on June 19. 

Awards will be determined through Billboard magazine’s legendary chart rankings, which look at artist performance based on key fan interactions with music (including album, single and digital sales), touring, streaming, and social interactions on websites, including MySpace and Facebook. The measurements are tracked year-round by Billboard and its data partners. 

THE 2011 BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS are based on the reporting period of February 28, 2010 through March 1, 2011. Top artists will be recognized in a variety of genres including R&B, Rap, Pop, Country, Rock, Latin and Alternative. 

THE 2011 BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS are co-executive produced by Richard D. Beckman, CEO of Prometheus Global Media, and Don Mischer of Don Mischer Productions.

The most outrageous, cutting edge award show of the year is here…and MTV has it! It’s a dynamic and energetic night where music and television’s newest, brightest, and most buzzed about stars gather for an award show controlled by the fans.

1 GIRL 5 GAYS lovers can tune in to see if MTV Canada’s tell-all series sweeps viewer votes for the TV You Betta Watch category. The 2011 NEWNOWNEXT AWARDS air on Monday, April 11 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on MTV.

In its fourth year, the NewNowNext Awards are the only awards show crowning stars before they hit it big. This year, the show is hosted by James Van Der Beek a.k.a. Dawson Leary. And if that doesn’t get the heart pumping, the show is headlined by Swedish sweetheart Robyn, showcasing her chic, electro-pop style.

Music sensation Lady Gaga, who received her start on the NewNowNext Awards in 2008, is due to receive the Always Next, Forever Now award. This honour pays tribute to a pop icon paving the way for the stars of tomorrow. Past winners include Britney Spears, Janet Jackson, and Paula Abdul. With her dedicated work in the LGBT community and commitment to find the inner-superstar in everyone, Lady Gaga proves why she is the perfect recipient. The 2011 NEWNOWNEXT AWARDS also feature appearances by Natalia Kills, Wynter Gordon, Oh Land, and more.  

Host of 1 GIRL 5 GAYS, MTV Canada’s own Aliya-Jasmine Sovani catches all the backstage action as she chats with winners and performers throughout the show. Log on to mtv.ca on Monday to catch all the excitement!

1 GIRL 5 GAYS has been a hit with both Canadian and American audiences. Since Logo began airing the MTV Canada original series south of the border in October 2010, it has become one of the network’s most-talked about shows. The series brings together host Aliya-Jasmine Sovani with a panel of five gay men for frank, funny, and often fierce discussions on a variety of topics. The alternating panel of gay men, chosen for their honesty, individuality, and confidence, never shy away from the outrageous or anything remotely taboo. Conversations revolve around everything from masturbation, Madonna, and matrimony to embarrassing erections, coming out, and childhood experiences.

1G5G airs Fridays at 11 p.m. ET on MTV. Catch up on past episodes at mtv.ca. Catch an encore presentation of the 2011 NEWNOWNEXT AWARDS on Tuesday, April 12 at 1 a.m. ET/PT.

As if flaming bras weren’t enough, Lady Gaga returns to give fans much more than they bargained for at the biggest awards show on the planet – the 2011 MUCHMUSIC VIDEO AWARDS!

Two years after her exploding, show-stopping performance, the hottest entertainer in the world craves a return to the MMVAs stage to show her fans why she was Born This Way. She’s covered herself in raw meat, Kermit the Frog toys, and arrived on a red carpet in an egg – what will she do at the MMVAs?

Fans can now mark their calendars, as MuchMusic confirmed today the show airs live from the MuchMusic HQ in Toronto on Sunday, June 19 at 9 p.m. ET. Gaga, whose third studio album, Born This Way, hits stores on May 23, is the first performer confirmed for the party that has fans taking to the streets and lining up overnight for the chance to get arms-length away from the hottest A-Listers in the world. For the second year in a row, the MMVAs are simulcast live in the U.S. on Fuse, Madison Square Garden’s national music television network.

Last year, millions of fans watched as co-host Miley Cyrus ripped up the stage at the legendary corner of Queen and John; Katy Perry made a sweet arrival on the Red Carpet in an ice cream truck; Toronto’s own Drake lit up the stage in front of a hometown crowd; and thousands upon thousands of girls screamed for Justin Bieber’s MMVAs debut.  When the final note was sung, the 2010 MMVAs had a cumulative average audience of 2.1 million viewers in the first 24 hours, and ultimately an incredible Reach of 6.2 million viewers within the first seven days.*

“Canada’s MMVAs have always been known for being the loudest live street party of the year,” said Sheila Sullivan, Executive Producer, 2011 MUCHMUSIC VIDEO AWARDS. “What better way to kick off this year’s show than by announcing that THE world’s hottest entertainer is returning to our stage.  Who can forget Lady Gaga’s flaming bra from 2009? She is proof that at the MMVAs, anything and everything can happen!”

Past MMVAS performers and presenters include: Adam Lambert, Drake, Ke$ha, Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, Down With Webster, The Black Eyed Peas, Nickelback, Rihanna, Jonas Brothers, Hedley, Kellan Lutz, Kelly Clarkson, Miley Cyrus, Nina Dobrev, Paris Hilton, Pauly D, Snooki, Britney Spears, Avril Lavigne, Kanye West, Taylor Lautner, Brody Jenner, Ashley Greene and many more.

Follow the countdown to the MMVAs on muchmusic.com or on Twitter @MuchMusic to get the latest announcements on performers, presenters, celebrity guests, the chance to win big prizes, and how to vote in the all-important UR FAVE categories. Fans can also stay tuned for the full list of nominees, which is slated to be announced in May.

Official sponsors of the 2011 MMVAs include: Coca-Cola Canada, Get a Load of Milk™, Playtex® Sport®, Procter & Gamble, RIM, Rolo®, STRIDE, Virgin Mobile Canada™, and H&M, designer of the official MMVAs wristband.

*Source: BBM Canada

10 p.m. Friday, April 1 on E!

Just when you thought award season was finally over, funnyman Joel McHale is ready to hand out the most prestigious awards in the entertainment industry: “The Soup Awards.” In this special one-hour episode, appropriately premiering on April Fool’s Day, McHale honors the funniest, most outrageous and jaw-dropping TV moments that have dumbfounded audiences this year and provided “The Soup” with endless amounts of material to mock on a weekly basis.

 

The following winners were announced Saturday at the star-studded THE COMEDY AWARDS taping, set to air Sunday, April 10 at 9 p.m. ET/PT, on The Comedy Network.

 

COMEDY SERIES

“Modern Family”

 

COMEDY ACTOR – TV

Alec Baldwin, “30 Rock”

 

COMEDY ACTRESS – TV;

Kristen Wiig, “Saturday Night Live”

 

COMEDY ACTOR – FILM

Zach Galifianakis, “Dinner for Schmucks”

 

COMEDY ACTRESS – FILM

Tina Fey, “Date Night”

 

LATE NIGHT COMEDY SERIES

“The Daily Show with Jon Stewart”

 

SKETCH COMEDY/ALTERNATIVE COMEDY SERIES

“Childrens Hospital”

 

STAND-UP SPECIAL

“Louis C.K.: Hilarious”

 

COMEDY FILM

“The Other Guys”

 

ANIMATED COMEDY FILM

“Toy Story 3”

 

ANIMATED COMEDY SERIES

“South Park”

 

COMEDY WRITING – TV

“30 Rock”

 

COMEDY SCREENPLAY

“Hot Tub Time Machine”

 

COMEDY DIRECTING – TV

“Modern Family”

 

COMEDY DIRECTOR—FILM

Edgar Wright, “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World”

 

BREAKTHROUGH PERFORMER

Daniel Tosh

 

BEST VIRAL ORIGINAL

“Auto-Tune the News: Bed Intruder Song”

Also, David Letterman, host of Late Show with David Letterman and a permanent fixture in the late night comedy landscape since 1982, was awarded The Comedy Awards most prestigious honor, the “Johnny Carson Award for Comedic Excellence.”  This award will be presented annually in honor of the legendary comedian and talk show host to an individual who embodies the comedic excellence of the beloved comedic powerhouse.

Winners are selected by an invitation-only voting body comprised of nearly 1,000 members from the comedy community – including writers, producers, performers and directors (excluding the Breakthrough Performer and Best Viral Original categories, which were voted on by fans).  The nominees were selected by the prestigious The Comedy Awards Board of Directors. 

For a complete list of this year’s wins and nominations as well as more information about the show and the Board of Directors, please visit www.thecomedyawards.com.

 

CTV’s broadcast of THE 2011 JUNO AWARDS is the most-watched JUNO Awards on record with 2.4 million viewers, data from BBM Canada confirms today.* The record-breaking audience is up 48% compared to last year in total viewers and was the most-watched program on Canadian television last night in all key adult demos. The broadcast attracted more than one million viewers in each of the key selling demos, up 44% among A25-54 (1.03 million) and up 42% among A18-49 (1.07 million). An astounding 7.6 million Canadians tuned in to watch some part of the 2.5 hour broadcast.

Broadcast live from Toronto’s Air Canada Centre and hosted by hometown boy Drake, the audience peaked at 3.15 million viewers during Shania Twain’s heartfelt acceptance speech after being inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. The previous record high for THE JUNO AWARDS on CTV was 2.2 million when Twain hosted from Ottawa in 2003.

 

Returning to Toronto for the first time in more than 10 years, THE 2011 JUNO AWARDS was the #1 program of the day in the city with total viewers and all key demos, delivering a 10.2 Rating among A18-49. Nearly 800,000 viewers in Toronto watched the broadcast, which featured a “love letter” to the city where The JUNO Awards began 40 years ago. In all, more than one in four Toronto viewers watching television last night saw the broadcast on average. 

 

THE 2011 JUNO AWARDS is now available on demand at junos.CTV.ca, while E! presents an encore broadcast on Wednesday, March 30 at 8 p.m. ET.

 

Last night’s audience is the culmination of 10 years of rejuvenation of The JUNO Awards,” said Ivan Fecan, President and Chief Executive Officer, CTVglobemedia and CEO, CTV Inc. “We are all very proud of what has been accomplished over the past decade.”


“To celebrate Canadian artists and their music is such an honour and CTV viewers clearly agreed,” said Susanne Boyce, President, Creative, Content and Channels, CTV Inc. “It was a night to remember as Neil Young, Arcade Fire, host Drake, and so many more took to the stage and created magic that inspired, lifted and united us all.”

 

CTV’s most spectacular red carpet arrivals show yet, eTalk at the JUNOS also attracted a record audience with 810,000 viewers for its red carpet arrivals special at 6:30 p.m. on CTV, /A\ Atlantic, E! and CP24. On CTV, the audience was nearly double that of its last red carpet broadcast. The pre-show also saw its audience increase 35% among A18-49 and 33% among A25-54.

 

Hosted by ETALK anchors Ben Mulroney and Tanya Kim, along with ETALK reporter Lainey and MTV NEWS host Aliya-Jasmine Sovani, the star-studded special featured presenters, performers, nominees and celebrities including Shania Twain, Neil Young and host Drake. ETALK continues their coverage of THE 2011 JUNO AWARDS, including interviews from the exclusive backstage ETALK Lounge, in tonight’s episode airing at 7 p.m. ET on CTV.  

 

Since CTV joined forces with CARAS in 2002, THE JUNO AWARDS have travelled across Canada, bringing a live, electrified stadium show to millions of Canadians. CTV has broadcast THE JUNO AWARDS from St. John’s (2002), Ottawa (2003), Edmonton (2004), Winnipeg (2005), Halifax (2006), Saskatoon (2007), Calgary (2008), Vancouver (2009), back to St. John’s (2010) and Toronto (2011).

THE 2011 JUNO AWARDS is produced by Insight Productions in association with CTV and The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS). Executive Producers are John Brunton and Barbara Bowlby for Insight Productions, and Melanie Berry and Ed Robinson for CARAS. Louise Wood is Producer and Lindsay Cox is Supervising Producer. Susanne Boyce is President, Creative, Content and Channels, CTV Inc. 

 

It’s that time of year again to celebrate country music’s top talent and emerging artists as Corus Entertainment’s CMT (Canada) presents the star-studded 46th Annual Academy of Country Music® Awards broadcast live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 3 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

Produced by dick clark productions, country music queen Reba McEntire and funnyman Blake Shelton will join forces to host this year’s awards show. Emmy Award-winning journalist Nancy O’Dell (Entertainment Tonight) and the ever-popular Ryan Seacrest (American Idol, E! News) are also scheduled presenters.

The 46th Annual Academy of Country Music® Awards will deliver a slate of performances by some of country music’s hottest names including 20-time ACM Award-winning group Alabama, nominee Dierks Bentley, Ronnie Dunn, Sara Evans, Martina McBride, James Taylor, Carrie Underwood, Zac Brown Band, and hosts Reba and Blake Shelton. Entertainment of the Year nominees Jason Aldean, Toby Keith, Miranda Lambert, Brad Paisley, Taylor Swift and Keith Urban will also be taking the stage.

Miranda Lambert leads with seven nominations this year, including Top Female Vocalist. Both Kenny Chesney and Zac Brown Band are nominated for five awards, Taylor Swift and The Band Perry are up for four awards, and Lady Antebellum, Alan Jackson, Keith Urban, Lee Brice and Easton Corbin are all up for three awards.

Broadcast details are now revealed for the first annual broadcast of THE COMEDY AWARDS, airing Sunday, April 10 at 9 p.m. ET/PT, only on The Comedy Network.

With Canada’s Daryn Jones hosting exclusive red carpet hits throughout the broadcast, THE COMEDY AWARDS honours the best in comedy and will feature appearances from the likes of Eddie Murphy, Tina Fey, Jon Stewart, Jimmy Fallon, Tracy Morgan and more.

As announced earlier this week, Eddie Murphy will be honoured as the recipient of the inaugural Comedy Icon Award. Murphy has been selected as this year’s individual who has made an extraordinary contribution to comedy and whose impact and innovations have changed the landscape and inspired future generations of entertainers. Murphy will be honored for his work in stand-up, sketch, film and television, among other numerous pioneering achievements.

The Comedy Network has also confirmed that presenters and attendees for THE COMEDY AWARDS include comedy stars, Tina Fey, Jon Stewart, Jimmy Fallon, Tracy Morgan, Matt Stone, Trey Parker, Ty Burrell, Louis C.K., Stephen Colbert, Rob Corddry, Bill Hader, Chloë Moretz, Craig Robinson, Andy Samberg and Kristen Wiig, with further talent announcements forthcoming.

Grammy Award-winning artist, The Roots, will entertain the audience throughout the event as THE COMEDY AWARDS house band. The inaugural event will also feature for the first time Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone and Akiva Schaffer of The Lonely Island, performing “I Just Had Sex” featuring Akon live.

The Comedy Icon Award, along with the previously announced Johnny Carson Award for Comedic Excellence, will be presented during the taping of the first annual event at New York City’s Hammerstein Ballroom this Saturday, March 26.