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ACM DOLES OUT HONORS

The Academy of Country Music presented the 11th annual ACM Honors Wednesday night, honoring artists such as Kelsea BalleriniDolly Parton and George Strait, studio musicians and venues such as Ryman Auditorium, where the event was held.

Among the performances, Hillary Scott and Little Big Town’s Karen Fairchild and Kimberly Schlapman sang “Little Rock” in tribute to Reba McEntire, who received the Mae Boren Axton Service Award; Gene Weed Milestone Award honoree Kelsea Ballerini performed “Legends” and a medley of her hits; and Chris Stapleton and Alan Jackson paid tribute to Cliffie Stone Icon Award winner Strait.

Maren Morris performed “Galveston” in tribute to the late Glen Campbell, Brad Paisley performed “My Tennessee Mountain Home” in tribute to Gary Haber Lifting Lives Award recipient  Parton and Thomas Rhett sang a medley of hits by Bob Kingsley, who also received the Mae Boren Axton Service Award.

Little Big Town did Lori McKenna’s “When Someone Stops Loving You” before presenting her with the Songwriter of the Year Award.

Other performers included Chris Janson, Toby Keith and Nashville stars Clare Bowen and Charles Esten. Portions of the event will be seen during a two-hour special that will air 9/15 on CBS.

Photos by Getty Images for ACM

Industry Awards were given to:

Casino of the Year, Small Capacity: Foxwoods Resort And Casino, Mashantucket, Conn.
Casino of the Year, Medium Capacity: The Joint At The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas
Festival of the Year: Tortuga Music Festival, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Nightclub of the Year: Joe’s Live, Rosemont, Ill.
Venue of the Year, Small Capacity: Ryman Auditorium, Nashville
Venue of the Year, Medium Capacity: Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, Colo.
Venue of the Year, Large Capacity: Bridgestone Arena, Nashville
Don Romeo Talent Buyer of the Year: Lenore Kinder, AEG Live
Promoter of the Year: Ed Warm, Joe’s Live

Studio Recording Awards
Bass Player of the Year: Glenn Worf
Drummer of the Year: Miles McPherson
Guitar Player of the Year: Tom Bukovac, Danny Rader (tie)
Piano/Keyboards Player of the Year: Dave Cohen
Specialty Instrument(s) Player of the Year: Dan Dugmore
Steel Guitar Player of the Year: Dan Dugmore
Audio Engineer of the Year: Chuck Ainlay
Producer of the Year: Jay Joyce

 

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