The Academy of Country Music® announced the winners of the Special Awards for the 52nd ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS™. Honorees will be celebrated during the 11th ANNUAL ACM HONORS™, an evening dedicated to recognizing the special honorees and off-camera category winners from the 52nd Academy of Country Music Awards.
The event will take place Wednesday, August 23, 2017 at the historic Ryman Auditorium and will be broadcast at a later date on the CBS Television Network. George Strait has been chosen to receive the Cliffie Stone Icon Award, Dolly Parton has been chosen to receive the Gary Haber Lifting Lives Award. Kelsea Ballerini has been chosen as the recipient of the Gene Weed Milestone Award, Bob Kingsley and Reba McEntire have been chosen as the recipients of the Mae Boren Axton Service Award.
Additionally, Eric Church has been chosen to receive the Merle Haggard Spirit Award, Toby Keith, Willie Nelson and Shel Silverstein (awarded posthumously) have been chosen to receive the Poet’s Award, “Nashville” has been chosen as the recipient of the Tex Ritter Film Award and previously announced winner Lori McKenna – the first female to win this category – has been chosen as the recipient of the Songwriter of the Year Award.
We congratulate all of the above winners for their impact on country music. For a detailed list of nominees go to acmcountry.com/news