The Academy of Country Music has long believed in honoring the true heroes of country music by showcasing special honorees during the annual ACM Honors event. Returning for its 13th year, the honors will celebrate special and off-camera winners from the 54th Academy of Country Music Awards.
The list of those being honored in 2019 include Brooks & Dunn, Rodney Crowell, Kye Fleming, Gayle Holcomb, Miranda Lambert, Shane McAnally, Martina McBride, Kacey Musgraves, Billy Joe Shaver and A Star Is Born.
Brooks & Dunn and Martina McBride will receive the ACM Cliffie Stone Icon Award, which is presented to an artist, duo, group or industry leader who has advanced the popularity of the genre through multiple facets including songwriting, recording, production, touring, film, television, and much more. Past recipients include Merle Haggard, Kenny Rogers, Dolly Parton and last year’s winner Alan Jackson.
Lambert will receive the ACM Gene Weed Milestone Award for her outstanding achievement in the field of country music during the preceding calendar year. The Texas native made history by becoming the most awarded artist in ACM history after her song “Tin Man” won Song of the Year and she was name Female Vocalist during the 2018 ACM Awards. Former honorees include Jason Aldean, Garth Brooks, Taylor Swift, George Strait and more.
The ACM Jim Reeves International Award goes to Kacey Musgraves for her contributions to bringing country music to a worldwide audience. Musgraves has toured all across the globe, making stops in Norway, Sweden, Belgium, the Netherlands, Japan, the United Kingdom and many more. She also previously headlined the C2C: Country to Country festival in early 2018.
The 13th Annual ACM Honors will take place Wednesday, August 21 at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville.
2019 ACM Honors Recipients:
ACM Cliffie Stone Icon Award: Brooks & Dunn, Martina McBride
ACM Gary Haber Lifting Lives Award: Gayle Holcomb
ACM Gene Weed Milestone Award: Miranda Lambert
ACM Jim Reeves International Award: Kacey Musgraves
ACM Poet’s Award: Rodney Crowell, Ky Fleming, Billy Jo Shaver
Tex Ritter Film Award: A Star Is Born
ACM Songwriter of the Year Award: Shane McAnally