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FILE - In this April 3, 2011 file photo, hosts Blake Shelton and Reba McEntire speak onstage at the 46th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas. The 47th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards will be broadcast live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 1st, 2012.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Blake Shelton will join Reba McEntire again this year as co-host of The Academy of Country Music Awards.

The 47th annual show will be held Sunday, April 1, at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Like Shelton, the ACM's Fan Jam also will return for a second year. This time Zac Brown Band will host the parallel event at the nearby Mandalay Bay Events Center.

The academy also announced Lionel Richie will host "ACM Presents: Lionel Richie and Friends — A Lifetime of Hits," its annual television special taped the day after the awards and aired later on CBS. Kenny Chesney, Jason Aldean, Lady Antebellum, Kenny Rogers, Rascal Flatts and others will join Richie, who is releasing a country duets album "Tuskegee" this spring.

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http://www.acmcountry.com