Academy of Country Music® Announces Special Award Honorees Brooks & Dunn, ROdney Crowell, Kye Fleming, Gayle Holcomb, Miranda Lambert Shane McAnally, Martina McBride, Kacey Musgraves, Billy Jo Shaver and A Star Is Born

The 13th annual ACM Honors™ will happen Wednesday, August 21 on the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN

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ENCINO, CA (Might 28, 2019) – The Academy of Country Music® introduced at the moment the recipients of the Special Awards for the 54th ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS™. Honorees can be celebrated through the 13th ANNUAL ACM HONORS™, an evening dedicated to recognizing the special honorees and off-camera category winners from the 54th Academy of Country Music Awards. The Academy of Country Music Special Awards are voted on by the ACM Board of Administrators for particular achievements. The occasion will happen Wednesday, August 21, 2019 on the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN. Ticket info can be obtainable within the coming weeks.

Further off-camera categories to be feted at ACM HONORS embrace already announced Business Awards and Studio Recording Awards winners, along with previously announced Songwriter of the Yr Award winner, Shane McAnally.

ACM CLIFFIE STONE ICON AWARD – Brooks & Dunn and Martina McBride have been chosen to receive the Cliffie Stone Icon Award. This award is introduced to a rustic music artist, duo/group or business chief who all through their career has advanced the recognition of the genre by means of their contributions in a number of sides of the business reminiscent of songwriting, recording, production, touring, movie, television, literary works, philanthropic contributions and other goodwill efforts.

Brooks & Dunn – Brooks & Dunn dominated nation radio for 20 years, from 1991’s “Brand New Man” to 2009’s “Cowboys Don’t Cry.” They landed their first ACM Awards for 1991 Vocal Duo and New Vocal Duet or Group. They claimed the Vocal Duo class 16 occasions, setting a document which will never be broken. Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn shot out of the gate as Brand New Man gained the 1992 ACM Award for Album of the Yr, while “Boot Scootin’ Boogie” picked up Single Document of the Yr. They earned Entertainer of the Yr honors for 1995 and 1996, the only duo to ever win the award. They picked up a third Entertainer award and a Music Video of the Yr trophy for “Only in America” for 2001 Amongst their 41 Prime 10 hits are signature songs embrace “My Next Broken Heart,” “My Maria,” ‘Ain’t Nothin’ ‘Bout You” and “Red Dirt Road,” while the beautiful “Believe” picked up 2005 ACM Track of the Yr. Referred to as one of nation’s most dynamic reside acts, Brooks & Dunn is in the midst of a Las Vegas residency with Reba. The duo’s newest venture, Reboot, debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s country albums chart this yr.

Martina McBride – Martina McBride constructed her magnificent profession with an unimaginable voice and a expertise for locating emotional songs that resonated together with her viewers. Beginning with an auspicious debut single titled “The Time Has Come,” McBride has positioned greater than 50 titles on Billboard’s country airplay chart and earned three consecutive ACM Feminine Vocalist awards (2001-2003). She loved a profession breakthrough in 1993 with “My Baby Loves Me,” which positioned her as one of country music’s most empowering artists. She joined the Grand Ole Opry in 1995. Over the subsequent decade she notched 5 No. 1 hits: “Wild Angels,” “A Broken Wing,” “Wrong Again,” “I Love You,” and “Blessed.” Dramatic music videos reminiscent of “Independence Day” and “Concrete Angel” brought her most cinematic songs to life, whereas in the recording studio she developed her means as a producer. Recognized for her work with the YWCA and abused ladies, McBride acquired the 2003 ACM Humanitarian Award. She related together with her core country music audience on 2011’s “I’m Gonna Love You Through It,” which turned an anthem for ladies and their households dealing with breast most cancers. Along with her performing profession, McBride has authored two cookbooks and stars in the Food Network collection, Martina’s Desk.

Previous recipients of the ACM Cliffie Icon Award embrace Alabama, Bob Beckham, Garth Brooks, Glen Campbell, Johnny Cash, Charlie Daniels, Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers, Crystal Gayle, Merle Haggard, Emmylou Harris, Alan Jackson, George Jones, The Judds, Brenda Lee, Loretta Lynn, Willie Nelson, The Oak Ridge Boys, Dolly Parton, Charley Satisfaction, Jerry Reed, Tex Ritter, Marty Robbins, Kenny Rogers, Billy Sherrill, Ricky Skaggs, The Statler Brothers, George Strait, Mel Tillis, Randy Travis, Tanya Tucker, Conway Twitty, Porter Wagoner, Keith Whitley, Hank Williams, Hank Williams Jr., Bob Wills and Dwight Yoakam, among others.

ACM GARY HABER LIFTING LIVES AWARD – Gayle Holcomb has been chosen to receive the Gary Haber Lifting Lives Award. This award is introduced to a rustic music artist, duo/group or business professional who is devoted to enhancing lives via the facility of music, has a generosity of spirit, and is dedicated to serving others, voted on by the ACM Lifting Lives Board of Directors.

Gayle Holcomb, a Associate at WME and Director at Giant on the ACM Board, has been a tireless advocate for ACM Lifting Lives, the Academy’s charitable arm. Holcomb helped launch ACM Lifting Lives in 2009, guiding the vision for the charity in its early levels, then continued her help by serving as chairman. Holcomb made the preliminary endowment to type ACM Lifting Lives’ Diane Holcomb Emergency Aid Fund, in honor of her late mom. The present enabled the fund to respond shortly to unforeseen, speedy financial wants of ACM members, employees and members of the nation music group. Holcomb stays actively concerned within the fund’s charitable events, such as the ACM Lifting Lives Golf Basic at TPC, Bash at the Seashore, and Topgolf Tee Off. Holcomb, the previous Academy of Country Music board chairman, can also be the recipient of the 2011 ACM Mae Boren Axton Award and the 2007 ACM Crystal Milestone Award. During her tenure as chairman, Holcomb was a driving drive for the group’s speedy change and progress, including shifting the awards show from Los Angeles to Las Vegas. In 2015, she was inducted into the SOURCE Corridor of Fame, which recognizes ladies’s contributions to the nation music business.

Past recipients of the ACM Gary Haber Lifting Lives Award embrace Dolly Parton, Darius Rucker and Carrie Underwood.

ACM GENE WEED MILESTONE AWARD – Miranda Lambert has been chosen because the recipient of the Gene Weed Milestone Award. This award is introduced to a country music artist, duo/group or business leader for a selected, unprecedented or outstanding achievement in the area of nation music in the course of the previous calendar yr.

Miranda Lambert – Miranda Lambert made historical past at the 2018 ACM Awards, turning into the all-time most awarded artist in Academy historical past together with her wins for “Tin Man” as Music of the Yr and her ninth consecutive Feminine Vocalist trophy. She presently has acquired 32 ACM awards together with five Album of the Yr awards 10 Music and Single of the Yr awards (as either an artist or songwriter) and the first-ever ACM Merle Haggard Spirit Award. In the meantime, Lambert and her buddies Ashley Monroe and Angaleena Presley resurrected the Pistol Annies in 2018 with Interstate Gospel, a fascinating assortment that adopted Lambert’s acclaimed solo release, The Weight of These Wings. Highlighted by singles like “Vice” and “Tin Man,” that platinum undertaking gained an ACM award for Album of the Yr – the fifth time she’s gained in that category. The Lindale, Texas, native has acquired ACM trophies for hits like “Smokin’ and Drinkin’,” “Automatic,” “Mama’s Broken Heart,” “We Were Us,” “Over,” “Over You,” “The House That Built Me” and “White Liar.” Since profitable the 2006 New Feminine Vocalist award, Lambert has cast her own career path – prompting her to receive the first-ever ACM Merle Haggard Spirit Award in 2016. She supports the subsequent era of ladies creators by way of a songwriting scholarship at Belmont University whereas continuing to boost consciousness for shelter canine by means of her MuttNation Foundation.

Previous recipients of the Gene Weed Milestone Award embrace Jason Aldean, Kelsea Ballerini, Garth Brooks, Luke Bryan, George Burns, Kenny Chesney, Jeff Foxworthy, Merle Haggard, Gayle Holcomb, Sam Hunt, Loretta Lynn, Little Huge Town, Willie Nelson, Jennifer Nettles, Blake Shelton, George Strait, Taylor Swift, and Carrie Underwood.

ACM JIM REEVES INTERNATIONAL AWARD – Kacey Musgraves has been chosen to receive the Jim Reeves International Award, which is introduced to an artist or business leader for excellent contributions to the acceptance of country music throughout the world.

Kacey Musgraves borrowed one of her music titles for the aptly-named Oh, What a World: Tour, which led her around the globe in 2018. In addition to being the first country artist to play the Fuji Rock Pageant in Japan, Musgraves charmed audiences in Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and Ireland. Those worldwide dates led to multiple exhibits across the USA and Canada. Musgraves headlined the C2C: Country to Country pageant in early 2018, then returned in the fall to perform at Wembley Area in London. Musgraves collected her first ACM Feminine Vocalist of the Yr award in April. She additionally acquired Album of the Yr honors for the critically acclaimed Golden Hour. That accomplishment marks her second win in that class, following 2013’s Similar Trailer Totally different Park. She served as co-producer on each albums. Golden Hour debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s country albums chart, whereas Apple Music named it the International Album of the Yr in 2018. In February, Golden Hour gained the Grammy for Album of the Yr and Country Album of the Yr. She also picked up Grammys for “Butterflies” (Greatest Country Solo Performance) and “Space Cowboy” (Greatest Country Track).

Previous recipients of the Jim Reeves International Award embrace Joe Allison, Invoice Boyd, Garth Brooks, Steve Buchanan, Joe Cates, Eric Church, Dick Clark, Roy Clark, Al Gallico, Merv Griffin, Jim Halsey, Alan Jackson, Ken Kragen, Woman Antebellum, Sam Louvello, Thurston Moore, Charlie Nagatani, Buck Owens, Rob Potts, Dolly Parton, Rascal Flatts, Roy Rogers, Bob Saporiti, Louise Scruggs, Dinah Shore, Taylor Swift, Keith Urban, Jeff Walker, Jo Walker-Meador and Bill Ward.

ACM POET’S AWARD – Rodney Crowell, Kye Fleming and Billy Joe Shaver have been chosen to receive the Poet’s Award. This award is introduced to a country music songwriter for excellent and longstanding musical and/or lyrical contributions throughout their profession, with particular consideration given to a track or songs’ influence on the culture of nation music.

Rodney Crowell has written for many of country music’s most outstanding artists because the 1970s. A Houston native, Crowell landed his first minimize with Jerry Reed after the nation star signed him to a publishing deal in 1972. Emmylou Harris then hired him for her Scorching Band and regularly recorded his songs, introducing his prodigious talent to her followers and other nation artists. Crowell’s catalog grew to include #1 singles like “I Couldn’t Leave You If I Tried” and “She’s Crazy for Leavin’,” as well as Rosanne Cash’s “I Don’t Know Why You Don’t Want Me,” Crystal Gayle’s “Til I Gain Control Again,” Freeway 101’s “Somewhere Tonight,” Waylon Jennings’ “I Ain’t Livin’ Long Like This,” Tim McGraw’s “Please Remember Me,” Nitty Gritty Dust Band’s “Long Hard Road (The Sharecropper’s Dream),” the Oak Ridge Boys’ “Leaving Louisiana in the Broad Daylight,” Bob Seger’s “Shame on the Moon” and Keith Urban’s “Making Memories of Us.” As a recording artist, Crowell was named ACM Prime New Male Vocalist for 1988. He acquired a Grammy for Greatest Country Music and an ACM Music of the Yr nomination for “After All This Time.” He was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Corridor of Fame in 2003.

Kye Fleming’s songwriting helped outline an era of nation music by way of radio-friendly materials recorded by Barbara Mandrell, Ronnie Milsap, and Sylvia, amongst many others artists of the 1970s and 1980s. Fleming grew up in a Navy family and toured as a people artist before turning to professional songwriting. Following a transfer to Nashville in 1977, she teamed up with songwriter Dennis Morgan for major cuts like Mandrell’s “I Was Country When Country Wasn’t Cool,” “In Times Like These,” “Sleeping Single in a Double Bed” and “Years,” in addition to Milsap’s “Smoky Mountain Rain” and “I Wouldn’t Have Missed It for the World.” Morgan and Fleming also co-wrote Sylvia’s No. 1 hit, “Nobody,” which acquired an ACM nomination for Music of the Yr. Fleming earned a number of Songwriter of the Yr distinctions from BMI (1981-1983) and NSAI (1981-1982). She continued to land singles like Amy Grant’s “What About the Love,” Michael Johnson’s “Give Me Wings,” Willie Nelson’s “There You Are,” Charley Satisfaction’s “Roll on Mississippi” and Steve Wariner’s “All Roads Lead to You.” She was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Corridor of Fame in 2009 and participated within the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s Poets & Prophets collection in 2012.

Billy Joe Shaver has embodied the Outlaw spirit of country music from the beginning, putting cuts in the 1970s with Johnny Cash, David Allan Coe, Tom T. Corridor, Waylon Jennings, Kris Kristofferson, and extra. After a hardscrabble youth, which may be traced by way of many of his most eloquent songs, Shaver met Jennings at a guitar pull in Texas. Inspired by the legendary singer, Shaver tracked Jennings down in Nashville to pitch some songs. True to his phrase, Jennings took a break from his recording session and listened to Shaver sing the material — and subsequently recorded an album virtually solely composed of Shaver’s songs, 1973’s Honky Tonk Heroes. That breakthrough paved the best way for hits like John Anderson’s “I’m Just an Old Chunk of Coal” and Johnny Rodriguez’s “I Couldn’t Be Me Without You.” Shaver has maintained a touring and recording career for decades, performing enduring originals like “Black Rose,” “Georgia on a Fast Train,” “Live Forever,” and “Old Five and Dimers Like Me.” Other notable cuts embrace Bobby Bare’s “Ride Me Down Easy,” Patty Loveless’ “When the Fallen Angels Fly,” and Elvis Presley’s “You Asked Me To.” He was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2004.

Earlier recipients of the ACM Poet’s Award embrace Invoice Anderson, Matraca Berg, Bobby Braddock, Felice and Boudleaux Bryant, Man Clark, Jack Clement, Hank Cochran, Dean Dillon, Merle Haggard, Tom T. Corridor, Harlan Howard, Toby Keith, Kris Kristofferson, Bob McDill, Roger Miller, Willie Nelson, Buck Owens, Eddie Rabbitt, Fred Rose, Shel Silverstein, Don Schlitz, Cindy Walker, Jimmy Webb, Hank Williams and Norro Wilson.

TEX RITTER FILM AWARD – A Star Is Born has been chosen as the recipient of the Tex Ritter Movie Award. This award recognizes an impressive television film, collection or function film released in the course of the preceding calendar yr which prominently features nation music.

The authenticity of A Star Is Born resonated with the music group with its dazzling unique songs, whether carried out for hundreds of screaming followers on display, or just between lead actors Bradley Cooper and Woman Gaga. Cooper, who directed the movie, and Gaga, who gained an Oscar and a Golden Globe award for co-writing “Shallow,” each turned to Nashville songwriters to convey the characters of troubled rock singer Jackson Maine and budding songwriter Ally. Early within the movie’s improvement, Cooper contacted producer Dave Cobb to help create Maine’s edgy, yet earthy, sound. Cobb introduced him to music by Jason Isbell, who crafted the track “Maybe It’s Time” after conversations with Cooper concerning the character’s struggles with redemption. In addition, Gaga co-wrote “Always Remember Me This Way” with Natalie Hemby, Hillary Lindsey, and Lori McKenna, while “I’ll Never Love Again” is a collaboration with Gaga, Hemby, Lindsey, and Aaron Raitiere. Amongst other songwriters on the soundtrack with country music connections, Paul Kennerly composed “Diggin’ My Grave,” Lukas Nelson served as a songwriter, music producer, marketing consultant and performer, and Diane Warren (“How Do I Live”) contributed to the monitor “Why Did You Do That?” A Star Is Born acquired eight Oscar nominations.

Past recipients of the Tex Ritter Film Award embrace Beer For My Horses, The Greatest Little Whorehouse in Texas, Country Robust, Loopy Coronary heart, Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colours, Nashville,O Brother, The place Art Thou, Candy Goals and Walk the Line, amongst others.

ACM SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR AWARD – Previously introduced winner Shane McAnally has been chosen as the recipient of the Songwriter of the Yr Award. This award is introduced to a person recognized predominately as a songwriter, chosen by a Professional Panel of judges composed of songwriters, publishers, producers, and performing rights organization representatives. That is McAnally’s second ACM Songwriter of the Yr award.

Shane McAnally – With 40 No. 1 songs and three Grammy awards beneath his belt, Shane McAnally is nicely established as one of the highest songwriters in Nashville. All through his profession, McAnally has gained dozens of awards and accolades including three ACM awards and a CMA award. His compositions have been recorded by Kenny Chesney, Kelly Clarkson, Luke Bryan, Keith City, Miranda Lambert Previous Dominion and countless extra. The Academy of Country Music named him Songwriter of the Yr in 2014; that same yr, he gained two Grammys in the Greatest Country Album and Greatest Country Track classes for his work on Kacey Musgraves’s debut Similar Trailer Totally different Park. He was named Billboard’s Scorching Country Songwriter of the Yr in 2015.

In 2017, Sam Hunt’s “Body Like A Back Road,” which McAnally co-wrote, broke data by spending 34 straight weeks at No. 1 on Billboard’s Scorching Country Songs chart; it was subsequently named the Track of the Yr on the CMT Artist of the Yr Awards. In 2018, he contributed several songs to Musgraves’s Golden Hour, which gained the Grammy for Album of the Yr, together with “Space Cowboy,” winner for Greatest Country Music. As a producer, McAnally has helped form the sound of albums by Hunt, Musgraves, Midland, Previous Dominion, and more.

After founding a music publishing company, relaunching an iconic report label and creating an acclaimed stage musical, McAnally is increasing his reach to television as a coach on the new NBC present Songland, a task that he describes as “my wildest dream job that I never knew I wanted.”

Past recipients of the ACM Songwriter of the Yr Award embrace Ross Copperman, Dallas Davidson, Luke Laird, Shane McAnally, Lori McKenna and Roger Miller.

About ACM Honors™
ACM Honors™ is a night dedicated to recognizing the particular honorees and off-camera category winners from the Academy of Country Music Awards, including the Special Awards, Studio Recording Awards, Business Awards and Songwriter of the Yr Award. The 13th Annual ACM Honors will happen Wednesday, August 21, 2019, at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium. The present is government produced by R.A. Clark, and written and produced by Lisa Lee. For more info, go to

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