ACM Special Award Winners Announced!

Congratulations to all the winners:

(Via Press Release)

The Academy of Country Music® announced today the Special Awards, Studio Recording Awards and Songwriter of the Year Award winners for the 51ST ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS™. Honorees and winners will be celebrated during the 10th ANNUAL ACM HONORS™, an evening dedicated to recognizing the special honorees and off-camera category winners from the 51st Academy of Country Music Awards.  The event will take place in the fall at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN.

The Academy of Country Music Special Awards are voted on by the ACM Board of Directors for specific achievements.  The Studio Recording and Songwriter of the Year Awards are voted on by specific categories of the Academy’s professional membership.

SPECIAL AWARDS:

ACM LIFTING LIVES GARY HABER AWARD – Carrie Underwood has been chosen to receive the ACM Lifting Lives Gary Haber Award. This new award, named in honor of late ACM Lifting Lives Chairman Gary Haber, was created by the ACM Lifting Lives Board of Directors to recognize a country music artist or industry professional who is committed to serving others, has a generosity of spirit and shows a dedication to helping those in need.

CAREER ACHIEVEMENT AWARD – Glen Campbell has been chosen to receive the Career Achievement Award, which honors artists who have advanced the popularity and acceptance of country music through their endeavors in the entertainment industry in multiple areas during the preceding calendar year.

 CLIFFIE STONE PIONEER AWARD – Crystal Gayle, Tanya Tucker and The Statler Brothers have been chosen to receive the Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award honoring individuals who are pioneers in the country music genre.

CRYSTAL MILESTONE AWARD – Little Big Town has been chosen to receive the Crystal Milestone Award, which is given to an artist or industry leader to commemorate a specific, remarkable achievement.

JIM REEVES INTERNATIONAL AWARD – Jeff Walker (awarded posthumously) has been chosen to receive the Jim Reeves International Award, which is presented to an artist or industry leader for outstanding contributions to the acceptance of country music throughout the world.

MAE BOREN AXTON AWARD – Keith Urban has been chosen as the recipient of the Mae Boren Axton Award, which is given to an outstanding individual recognizing years of dedication and service to the Academy of Country Music.

 POET’S AWARD – Eddie Rabbitt (awarded posthumously) and Jimmy Webb have been chosen to receive the Poet’s Award, which honors songwriters for outstanding musical and/or lyrical contributions throughout their careers in the field of country music.

TEX RITTER AWARD – As previously announced, Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors has been chosen as the recipient of the Tex Ritter Award, which is given to recognize a movie released receiving significant exposure that featured or utilized country music, during the preceding calendar year. This award will be presented to Dolly Parton during the live 51st Academy of Country Music Awards telecast on April 3rd.

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