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
Sunday, April 7, 2013
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 Annual
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).
Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award
- Keith Whitley
have been chosen to receive the Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award, honoring individuals who are pioneers in the country music genre.
brought a blend of traditional bluegrass, classic country and contemporary songwriting influences to his timeless recordings. Although his catalog is regrettably small, this
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.
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.
, among others.
Crystal Milestone Award
- Jason Aldean
has been chosen to receive the Crystal Milestone Award, which is given to an artist or industry leader to commemorate a specific, remarkable achievement.
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
. 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
show, along with 20,000 seats in just four minutes in
. Aldean is now swinging for the rafters with his "Night Train Tour." Stadium shows on the itinerary include
, Sanford Stadium in
'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.
stepped into his role on NBC's
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
. 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
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.
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
, the trio sold out three shows at the
Opera House in
. Band members
also accepted the honor of opening for a musical hero,
's Hard Rock Calling. A three-time winner in the ACM Vocal Group category, Lady Antebellum will release its fourth studio album,
, in May, likely taking their newest hit "Downtown" around the globe.
Past recipients of the Jim Reeves International Award include
, among others.
Mae Boren Axton Award
- Tommy Wiggins
has 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.
co-founded the organization that is now the Academy of Country Music. While pursuing opportunities performing on radio and on stage, Wiggins lived in
before relocating in 1960 to
, where he appeared on local television shows. Along with releasing several singles on Stadium Records, Wiggins launched a radio industry publication titled
. In 1964, he teamed with songwriter
and club owners
Mickey and Chris Christensen
to stage a
-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
Poet's Award -
have 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.
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
("She's Crazy for Leaving") and
("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.
remains one of the most revered songwriters in history. A native of
, Williams' commercial style found a champion in music publisher
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
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.
will be honored posthumously.
Previous recipients of the Poet's Award include
Tom T. Hall
CASINO OF THE YEAR
Red Rock Casino
& Resort -
Las Vegas, NV
NIGHTCLUB OF THE YEAR
– Joe's Bar -
VENUE OF THE YEAR
– Ryman Auditorium -
DON ROMEO TALENT BUYER OF THE YEAR
' Crystal Palace
PROMOTER OF THE YEAR
- Joe's Bar
MBI (MUSICIAN, BANDLEADER, INSTRUMENTALIST) AWARDS:
PRODUCER OF THE YEAR
AUDIO ENGINEER OF THE YEAR
BASS PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Jimmie Lee Sloas
PERCUSSIONIST/DRUMMER OF THE YEAR
FIDDLE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
GUITARIST OF THE YEAR
PIANO/KEYBOARDS PLAYER OF THE YEAR
SPECIALTY INSTRUMENT(S) PLAYER OF THE YEAR
– Ilya Toshinsky
STEEL GUITAR PLAYER OF THE YEAR
SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR
SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR –
About the Academy of Country Music Awards
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
Sunday, April 7, 2013 at 8:00 PM live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network
, Orly Adelson and
are executive producers.
is producer, and
is the executive in charge of production.
is executive producer for the Academy of Country Music.
SOURCE Academy of Country Music