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March 22, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, the Academy of Country Music is announcing the winners of awards that will not be televised during the
48 th ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS, due to time constraints. The ceremony will be telecast LIVE from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in
Las Vegas on
Sunday, April 7, 2013 at
8:00 PM live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network. Special Awards, Industry Awards, MBI (Musician, Bandleader, Instrumentalist) and Songwriter of the Year honorees will be feted at the
7 th AnnualACM Honors event on
September 10, 2013 at the historic Ryman Auditorium in
The Academy of Country Music Special Awards are voted on by the ACM Board of Directors and are awarded during years where the Board of Directors feels there are clear and deserving candidates. Industry Awards are voted on by professional members of the Academy. The MBI ballot is voted on by professional members of the Academy classified in the Artist-Entertainer/Musician-Bandleader-Instrumentalist category, and the Producer-Engineer-Studio Manager sub-category (contained within the Affiliated category). The Songwriter of the Year ballot is voted on by professional members of the Academy in the following categories: Artist-Entertainer/Musician-Bandleader-Instrumentalist, Composer, Music Publisher/PRO, Record Company, and the Producer/Engineer/Studio Manager subcategory (contained within the Affiliated category).
SPECIAL AWARDSCliffie Stone Pioneer Award - Keith Whitleyand
The Judds have been chosen to receive the Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award, honoring individuals who are pioneers in the country music genre.
Keith Whitley brought a blend of traditional bluegrass, classic country and contemporary songwriting influences to his timeless recordings. Although his catalog is regrettably small, this
Kentucky native stands as one of the most respected vocalists of his era, thanks to a rich baritone that effortlessly conveyed the emotion of any song. Whitley first entered the Top 10 in 1986 with "Ten Feet Away," setting the stage for enduring ballads like "Don't Close Your Eyes," "When You Say Nothing at All" and "I'm No Stranger to the Rain," all of which reached No. 1 before Whitley died in 1989 at age 33.
The Judds gave country music an acoustic boost in the 1980s, ultimately racking up 20 Top 10 hits. They picked up seven consecutive ACM Awards in the Vocal Duet category, as well as a Song of the Year trophy for "Why Not Me." Their winning streak began in 1984 with "Mama He's Crazy," the first of 14 No. 1 hits. Fans also identified with the ups and downs of Naomi and Wynonna's mother-daughter relationship, adding another dimension to modern classics like the nostalgic "Grandpa (Tell Me 'Bout the Good Old Days)" and the empowering "Love Can Build a Bridge."
Past recipients of the Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award include
Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers,
Merle Haggard, Emmylou Harris,
The Oak Ridge Boys,
Hank Williams Jr.,
Dwight Yoakam, among others.
Crystal Milestone Award - Jason Aldeanhas been chosen to receive the Crystal Milestone Award, which is given to an artist or industry leader to commemorate a specific, remarkable achievement.
Jason Aldean soared to stadium headliner status in 2012. He sold out his first stadium show last year, moving more than 27,000 tickets for Crew Stadium in
Columbus, Ohio. All tickets were purchased more than two months in advance. Aldean's arena show tickets went quickly too. He sold 24,000 tickets in two minutes for his
Indianapolis show, along with 20,000 seats in just four minutes in
St. Louis. Aldean is now swinging for the rafters with his "Night Train Tour." Stadium shows on the itinerary include
Wrigley Field in
Chicago, Sanford Stadium in
Athens, GA, and
Boston's Fenway Park—which sold out in seven minutes, setting a venue record and making Aldean the first country act to headline the historic ballpark. The Academy is honoring Aldean for this remarkable achievement.
Past recipients of the Crystal Milestone Award
Garth Brooks, Kenny Chesney,
Gene Weed Special Achievement Award - Blake Shelton has been chosen to receive the Gene Weed Special Achievement Award, which acknowledges unprecedented, unique and outstanding individual achievement in country music.
Blake Shelton stepped into his role on NBC's
The Voice as a well-known figure in country music circles. Now he's a household name to millions of viewers who appreciate his lively personality, his honest approach toward aspiring talent and his camaraderie with pop stars like
Cee Lo Green and
Adam Levine. That broad appeal paved the way for a network special to coincide with his first holiday album,
Cheers, It's Christmas. A three-time ACM Awards co-host, Shelton is climbing the charts with "Sure Be Cool If You Did." Look for his "Ten Times Crazier Tour" starting in July.
Past recipients of the Gene Weed Special Achievement Award
Willie Nelson and
Jim Reeves International Award - Lady Antebellum has been chosen to receive the Jim Reeves International Award, which is presented to an artist for outstanding contributions to the acceptance of country music throughout the world.
Lady Antebellum seized the day with their "Own the Night World Tour," ultimately performing to more than a million fans in 11 countries and three continents. Along with packing venues in the U.S. and
Canada, the trio sold out three shows at the
Sydney Opera House in
Australia. Band members
Charles Kelley and
Hillary Scott also accepted the honor of opening for a musical hero,
Bruce Springsteen, at
London's Hard Rock Calling. A three-time winner in the ACM Vocal Group category, Lady Antebellum will release its fourth studio album,
Golden, in May, likely taking their newest hit "Downtown" around the globe.
Past recipients of the Jim Reeves International Award include
Taylor Swift and
Keith Urban, among others.
Mae Boren Axton Award - Tommy Wigginshas been chosen as the recipient of the
Mae Boren Axton Award, which is given in recognition of years of dedication and service by an outstanding individual to the Academy of Country Music.
Tommy Wiggins co-founded the organization that is now the Academy of Country Music. While pursuing opportunities performing on radio and on stage, Wiggins lived in
Nashville before relocating in 1960 to
Los Angeles, where he appeared on local television shows. Along with releasing several singles on Stadium Records, Wiggins launched a radio industry publication titled
D.J.'sDigest. In 1964, he teamed with songwriter
Eddie Miller and club owners
Mickey and Chris Christensen to stage a
Los Angeles-based awards show and form the Country Western Music Academy--later renamed the Academy of Country Music--to draw attention to country artists based on the West Coast.
Past recipients of the
Mae Boren Axton Award include
Gene Weed and
Poet's Award - Guy Clark and
Hank Williamshave been selected 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.
Guy Clark has earned the respect of countless songwriters by crafting his compositions with wit, wisdom and warmth. This native Texan made a lasting impression with his 1975 debut album
Old No. 1. His extensive songwriting catalog includes cuts by
Johnny Cash ("
Kenny Chesney ("Hemingway's Whiskey"),
Rodney Crowell ("She's Crazy for Leaving") and
Ricky Skaggs ("Heartbroke"). Meanwhile, his own recordings of "L.A. Freeway" and "Desperadoes Waiting for a Train" make listeners feel as though they know him personally. The 2011 collection,
This One's For Him: A Tribute to Guy Clark, received a Grammy nomination for best folk album.
Hank Williams remains one of the most revered songwriters in history. A native of
Alabama, Williams' commercial style found a champion in music publisher
Fred Rose in 1946. Despite a brief career, Williams catalog includes "Cold, Cold Heart," "Hey Good Lookin'" and "Your Cheatin' Heart." His compositions have been recorded by
Jerry Lee Lewis,
Linda Ronstadt and
Hank Williams Jr., among many others. The legendary figure was found dead on
Jan. 1, 1953. He was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1961 and received the 1973 ACM Pioneer Award.
Hank Williams will be honored posthumously.
Previous recipients of the Poet's Award include
Tom T. Hall,
Don Schlitz and
INDUSTRY AWARDSCASINO OF THE YEAR –
Red Rock Casino & Resort -
Las Vegas, NVNIGHTCLUB OF THE YEAR – Joe's Bar -
Chicago, ILVENUE OF THE YEAR – Ryman Auditorium -
Nashville, TNDON ROMEO TALENT BUYER OF THE YEAR –
Jerry Hufford -
Buck Owens' Crystal Palace
PROMOTER OF THE YEAR –
Ed Warm - Joe's Bar
MBI (MUSICIAN, BANDLEADER, INSTRUMENTALIST) AWARDS:PRODUCER OF THE YEAR –
Jay JoyceAUDIO ENGINEER OF THE YEAR –
Chuck AinlayBASS PLAYER OF THE YEAR –
Jimmie Lee SloasPERCUSSIONIST/DRUMMER OF THE YEAR –
Matt ChamberlainFIDDLE PLAYER OF THE YEAR –
Aubrey HaynieGUITARIST OF THE YEAR –
J.T. CorenflosPIANO/KEYBOARDS PLAYER OF THE YEAR –
Michael RojasSPECIALTY INSTRUMENT(S) PLAYER OF THE YEAR – Ilya Toshinsky
STEEL GUITAR PLAYER OF THE YEAR –
Mike JohnsonSONGWRITER OF THE YEARSONGWRITER OF THE YEAR – Dallas DavidsonAbout the Academy of Country Music AwardsThe 48
th Academy of Country Music Awards is dedicated to honoring and showcasing the biggest names and emerging talent in the country music industry. The show is produced for television by dick clark productions and will be broadcast LIVE from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in
Las VegasSunday, April 7, 2013 at 8:00 PM live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network.
Allen Shapiro, Orly Adelson and
R.A. Clark are executive producers.
Barry Adelman is producer, and
Bob Bardo is the executive in charge of production.
Bob Romeo is executive producer for the Academy of Country Music.
SOURCE Academy of Country Music