Two weeks ago, Barry Adelman, the Dick Clark Productions executive who is executive producer of the Academy of Country Music Awards, came out of a planning meeting with a new idea--new to the ACMs, that is.

The concept--borrowed from the American Music Awards, another dcp show--was to capture artists fresh as they come offstage and tap the rush of emotion that follows a win or performance.

"It's intimate," Adelman says. "We liked what happened with that at the AMAs and want to see if we can bring that to the ACMs. I think it will be a whole different feel."

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