This year’s 10th annual ACM Honors is stacking up to be one of the best! On top of the already impressive lineup, Alicia Keys, Miranda Lambert, Chris Young, Dan + Shay and The Band Perry have also been added as performers.
ACM Honors will also pay respects to Merle Haggard with the inaugural Merle Haggard Spirit Award that will honor uncompromising artists in the spirit of the late singer, while paying homage to a prominent figure in ACM history. The award will be handed out to a recipient that has yet to be revealed.
The evening is dedicated to recognizing special honorees and off-camera categories from the 51st Annual ACM Awards. The 10th Annual ACM Honors will be held at the famous Ryman Auditorium on Tuesday, August 30 and will broadcast on CBS for the first time ever on Friday, September 9 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
ACM Lifting Lives Gary Haber Award – Carrie Underwood
Crystal Milestone Award – Little Big Town
Mae Boren Axton Award – Keith Urban
Career Achievement Award – Glen Campbell
Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award – Crystal Gayle, Tanya Tucker and The Statler Brothers
Jim Reeves International Award – Jeff Walker (awarded posthumously)
Poet’s Award – Eddie Rabbitt (awarded posthumously)
Tex Ritter Award – Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors
Merle Haggard Spirit Award – TBD
Studio Recording Awards
Bass Player of the Year – Michael Rhodes
Drummer of the Year – Shannon Forrest
Guitar Player of the Year – Derek Wells
Piano/Keyboard Player of the Year – Jim ‘Moose’ Brown
Specialty Instrument(s) Player of the Year – Danny Rader
Steel Guitar Player of the Year – Paul Franklin
Audio Engineer of the Year – Justin Niebank
Producer of the Year – Dave Cobb
Songwriter of the Year – Ross Copperman