Rascal Flatts and Hayden Panettiere
Hosts, 2012 CMT ARTISTS OF THE YEAR
Rascal Flatts is the best-selling country vocal group of the past decade and the #1 debut of their new release, CHANGED, earned them the distinction of being one of only four acts to have seven consecutive studio albums debut in the top spot on the Billboard Country Albums chart during the Soundscan era. Since their musical debut in 2000, the band has sold over 21 million albums, 25 million digital downloads, delivered 14 #1 singles to the top of the charts and have sold over 7 million concert tickets. Rascal Flatts is the most awarded Country group of the past decade, earning over 40 trophies from numerous industry and fan-voted shows included 8 CMT Awards. Rascal Flatts will extend the Farmers Insurance Presents CHANGED TOUR into 2013, kicking off a winter leg on January 10 with special guests The Band Perry.
One of entertainment’s brightest stars, Hayden Panettiere has amassed a long list of credits at a young age. Widely known for her role as cheerleader “Claire Bennett” in the hit NBC series, “Heroes,” Panettiere is currently starring opposite Connie Britton in the new ABC series “Nashville.” On the big screen, Panettiere was recently seen in Wes Craven’s Scream 4, as well as the Lifetime Original Movie, The Amanda Knox Story, and The Forger. She also recently lent her voice to the characters “Kate” in the 3D animated film Alpha and Omega and “Red” in the animated feature film Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil. She has received numerous accolades, including the 2008 and 2009 Teen Choice Awards for “Choice Actress: Action/Adventure,” as well as the 2009 Teen Choice Award for “Choice Celebrity Activist.” Panettiere is campaign spokesperson for the Whaleman Foundation, an oceanic research, conservation, and production organization dedicated to preserving and protecting dolphins, whales, and their ocean habitat. Since serving as spokesperson, she has traveled to Washington, DC to meet with Congressmen, was invited to the International Whaling Conference in Portugal and was featured in The Cove, a 2010 Oscar-winning documentary film exposing the slaughter of dolphins in Japan. Panettiere’s involvement in animal welfare led to her being the recipient of the Genesis Wyler Award from The Humane Society of the United States in 2007, as well as Variety’s 2011 Power of Youth Award, which recognizes young entertainers who have made significant contributions to philanthropic and charitable causes. She is also an official spokesperson for Declare Yourself, the national nonpartisan, nonprofit youth voter initiative aimed at empowering and encouraging America’s 18-year olds to register and vote. In addition to her philanthropic work, Hayden has been a Neutrogena ambassador since 2005.
Photo Credit: Russ Harrington