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The first Arkansas Country Music Awards are set for this summer on the campus of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

The June 4 event at the University Theatre will be hosted by Arkansas natives Collin Raye and Charles Haymes, according to a news release.

Public nominations are in progress for the awards, and up to 15 performances are set at the “red carpet event” that will focus on well-known and new talent, organizers said.

Haymes, a longtime country music journalist, said the Arkansas Country Music Awards are “way overdue.”

“So many independent and undiscovered talents grace stages all over Arkansas every weekend, chasing a dream and doing what they love,” he said.

Raye — known for the songs “Love, Me,” “Anyone Else” and “Little Rock" — noted that the event will be “spotlighting the wealth of talent” in Arkansas.

Performers for the event will be selected from a final nominee list, which will be announced in March. Voting will begin March 17.

Limited ticket sales will begin this month at the Arkansas County Music Awards website.


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  • hogfan2012
    February 2, 2018 at 3:42 p.m.

    So excited that Collin Raye is getting to be a host for this - He is the Arkansas Diamond that gets omitted when people talk about Arkansas country music legends such as Johnny Cash and Glen Campbell. He has quite an extensive list of hit songs as well as some written for others.