The 11th Annual ACM Honors will be broadcast on CBS Television Network on Sept. 15. The show will feature some of the biggest country music superstars as honorees and as performers.
Award recipients include Kelsea Ballerini (Gene Weed Milestone Award) and Toby Keith (Poets Award), Reba McEntire (Mae Boren Axton Service Award), Bob Kingsley (Mae Boren Service Award), Dolly Parton (Gary Haber Lifting Lives Award), George Strait (Cliffie Stone Icon Award), and the CMT show “Nashville” (Tex Ritter Film Award).
Late songwriter Shel Silverstein, who penned Johnny Cash’s “A Boy Named Sue” and Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show’s “The Cover of Rolling Stone,” was awarded the Poet’s Award posthumously. The evening also honored singer/songwriter Lori McKenna, the Songwriter of the Year Award winner who penned Tim McGraw’s hit “Humble And Kind.”
In addition to receiving honors, Toby Keith, George Strait, and Kelsea Ballerini performed at the ceremony. The show featured performances by Alan Jackson, Thomas Rhett, and Chris Stapleton. There were also performances and presentations by Brad Paisley, Little Big Town, Hillary Scott, and Maren Morris. Addition presentations were by Jason Aldean, Lady Antebellum, Cassadee Pope. Jimmy Webb, Bobby Bones, and songwriter Ross Copperman.
Tributes were paid to some of the great in the country music genre. Brad Paisley paid homage to Dolly Parton, who won the Gary Haber Lifting Lives Award for her philanthropy. Paisley played his acoustic guitar and sang Parton’s song “My Tennessee Mountain Home.”
Marn Morris paid tribute to late great Glen Campbell, who passed away from the effects of Alzheimer’s Disease on Aug. 8.
A musical tribute to Reba, who won the Mae Boren Axton Award, was given by Hillary Scott, Karen Fairchild, and Kimberly Schlapman, according to USA Today. Reba will be performing with Brooks & Dunn at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
The ACM Honors celebrates special honorees and off-camera winners from the Academy of Country Music Awards. The show was taped at Ryman Auditorium in Nashville on Aug. 23 and will be broadcast on CBS on Sept. 15.