Red Carpet Report: 2017 ACM Awards at T-Mobile Arena, Alize, Sir Elton John, ‘Love Letters’

The Academy of Country Music Awards is returning to Las Vegas, and it will be broadcast from our new T-Mobile Arena. The 52nd annual awards will air on CBS live to New York at 8 p.m. ET on April 2, with an 8 p.m. delayed broadcast on the West Coast.

I’m told that a second satellite feed will be produced from another location — probably the new Park Theater at nearby Monte Carlo. A third location will be used for ACM’s “Party for a Cause’ during the week that Vegas Goes Country.

Performers and presenters haven’t been announced yet, but it promises to be one of the most glittering events of country’s calendar honoring and showcasing the biggest names and emerging talent. With R.A. Clark at the helm, you also can expect surprises.


Executive chef Chris Bulen, who began his career at Alize atop The Palms, is back in the kitchen where it all started, but this time as top toque. Shortly after moving here, Chris was hired by Andre Rochat and worked his way up until he moved to Andre’s at Monte Carlo. Now Andre has returned Chris to Alize:

“It’s where I really started to learn and develop as a chef. It’s where my career began,” said Chris. As Alize’s new executive chef, Chris directs all culinary efforts. “The concept of Alize is more modern than that of Andre’s. Flavors and dishes will be reminiscent of what I have served in the past, but the development of plating and presentation will be elevated,” he added.

Former executive chef Mark Purdy has transitioned into the role of managing partner at Stacked Hospitality, the restaurant and nightlife company that owns and operates Alize and Andre’s Bistro and Bar now open on Fort Apache.

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