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ACM Awards 2015: A Texas-sized spectacle for country music
ACM Awards 2015: A Texas-sized spectacle for country music

Is bigger necessarily better? There was no doubting the Academy of Country Music’s answer to that question Sunday night, when the Encino-based trade group threw its 50th annual awards show at the cavernous AT&T Stadium near Dallas. With an in-person audience of approximately 70,000 -- so huge “we just made the Guinness Book of World Records,” according to co-host Blake Shelton – the 3½-hour ceremony, broadcast live on CBS, flaunted its size as a way to stand out in the increasingly crowded awards-show scene. And, indeed, you had to admit that all those sweeping crane shots made a strong visual impact as they took in the massive crowd – images far more...

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