The Academy of Country Music (ACM) has scheduled its 38th annual awards ceremony for May 21 at the 12,000-seat Events Center at Las Vegas' Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino. The 2003 ACM Awards, which

The Academy of Country Music (ACM) has scheduled its 38th annual awards ceremony for May 21 at the 12,000-seat Events Center at Las Vegas' Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino. The 2003 ACM Awards, which will be hosted by country superstar/actress Reba McEntire and air live on CBS, will mark the first time the event will be held outside of Southern California, where the organization is based.

"All of us on the board are very excited about the move to Las Vegas," ACM chairman Bob Romeo said in a statement. "It will enhance the flavor of the show for this year and in future years."

"Presenting the ACM Awards in Las Vegas for the first time provides us, as show producers, with a great opportunity to re-energize the look and feel of the show, and make it more fun for everyone," ACM Awards producer Rac Clark added. "We will have an expanded production space that will allow us to create more exciting performance segments and be able to include elements of the show that we have never done before."

The 2003 ceremony will see McEntire as host for the second year in a row. At this year's event, she was also presented with the inaugural Home Depot Humanitarian Award. As winner of the fan-voted honor, McEntire chose Atoka, Okla., as the recipient of a community playground built in her honor; the facility was officially opened on Nov. 7.

As previously reported, Brooks & Dunn and Alan Jackson were the big winner's at this year's ACM Awards, each walking away with three trophies. Toby Keith, Hank Williams Jr. and Kid Rock, Willie Nelson and Lee Ann Womack, Trisha Yearwood, and Alabama were among the performers.

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