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Pizza Hut and Army & Air Force Exchange Services Tap Eli Young Band to perform “Wing-A-Palooza” concert

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Pizza Hut and Army & Air Force Exchange Services Tap Eli Young Band to perform “Wing-A-Palooza” concert for US Military Troops Stationed in Okinawa, Japan

Five Military Bases win Halloween weekend celebration from EYB by consuming most wings during inaugural “Battle of the Bases” contest

Nashville,TN (October 17, 2014) -- Military, Music and Wings - it’s a triple threat combination! As part of its “Battle of the Bases” contest, Pizza Hut and the Army Air Force Exchange Services (AAFES) partnered with 2014 CMA Award Vocal Group of the Year nominee Eli Young Band to reward Camp Schwab Military Base and neighboring Okinawa bases with a complimentary “Wing-A-Palooza” concert on November 1, 2014 for eating the most Pizza Hut wings among 30 installations worldwide.

Consuming more wings than their fellow service men and women, Camp Schwab in Okinawa, Japan won the contest and along with neighboring Okinawa military bases will enjoy a real treat on Halloween weekend filled with good music, food and the company of EYB lead singer Mike Eli, guitarist James Young, drummer Chris Thompson and bassist Jon Jones. AAFES, more commonly referred to as The Exchange, operates the 30 participating Pizza Hut locations on the military bases and does not make a profit. Rather all monies made by The Exchange are reinvested to make lives better on the US Military bases. The Exchange and Pizza Hut worked together to host the competition and concert.

“Working with AAFES on the inaugural ‘Battle of the Bases’ program has been a tremendous experience and opportunity for Pizza Hut to serve up some of our award-winning WingStreet wings to our military and their families,” said Molly Light, Director, Pizza Hut Express. “We chose Eli Young Band not only because of their local roots, but because of their tremendous passion for the armed services and personal affiliations with family and friends currently serving.”

With three # 1 hits and multiple platinum singles from their critically acclaimed Republic Nashville albums, a GRAMMY nomination and an ACM Song of the Year Award for their hit “Crazy Girl,” Eli Young Band is one of the hottest bands in country music. Just this week the band earned a career first AMA nomination for Favorite Vocal Group/Duo - Country. They’ve earned praise in USA Today, Rolling Stone and People among others and have performed on Today, Late Show with David Letterman, Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Conan, Jimmy Kimmel Live and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.

The band that began performing together in small clubs while attending North Texas State University has become a national touring force, selling out venues from New York City to Denver. Proud of their Texas roots, the band will return home in early November to perform two stadium shows at Globe Life Park in Arlington and Minute Maid Park in Houston, giving their loyal Texas fans something to look forward to.

“We all have family in the armed forces, so we jumped at the opportunity to fly to Japan and perform for these men and women that sacrifice so much,” said Eli Young Band. “We're excited to team up with a company from our own backyard. We'll always be honored to perform for our military and truth be told we’ve also never said no to pizza either.”

Pizza Hut first introduced its WingStreet concept 10 years ago and officially rolled it out nationally in March, making it present in more than 5,500 restaurants across America. The award-winning WingStreet wings are “kitchen-fried” and tossed with a choice of one of eight sauces to give customers a wing-joint-quality experience from America's largest pizza company.

For more information and the latest brand happenings or to order WingStreet wings, visit PizzaHut.com.

EYB Earns First AMA Nomination

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This morning, Republic Nashville’s platinum group Eli Young Band earned a nomination for AMA Favorite Band, Duo or Group, marking a career first for the band. EYB is in great company sharing the category with label-mates Florida Georgia Line and country super-group Lady Antebellum. “The other artists in this category are some of the hottest in country music,” said lead singer Mike Eli. He added, “We’re honored and thrilled to be included!”

In addition to the AMA Award nomination the band is also currently nominated for CMA Vocal Group of the Year. Their hard work, relentless touring schedule and unique sound have helped the band to carve out a place for themselves on the national country scene, winning over fans, critics and their peers.

The band has earned multiple CMA nominations, Billboard nominations, Teen Choice Award nominations, ACM nominations, ACA nominations as well as GRAMMY nominations and now and AMA nomination.

EYB is currently on tour in support of their #1 album 10,000 Towns and will headline two stadium shows next month at Globe Life Park in Arlington and Minute Maid Park in Houston.

If you’d like to vote for EYB and your favorite country artists, voting is officially open now. Click HERE to vote today.