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ACM and CMA square off in awards show showdown

ACM and CMA square off in awards show showdown

Broad of shoulder and booming of voice, Bob Romeo is a memorable guy with a seemingly memorable job title: chief executive of the Academy of Country Music.

Based in Encino, it's one of that genre's two principal trade groups along with Nashville's Country Music Assn.; both seek to promote the style through concerts, festivals and, most visibly, televised award shows. But although they have their differences, the organizations are commonly known by acronyms — ACM and CMA — that can lead to confusion.

"I have members of my own family who think I work for the CMA," Romeo said recently. You can bet he's hoping to change that.