The Academy of Country Music® will celebrate the 15th ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC HONORS™ on Wednesday, August 24, 2022 at the Historical Ryman Auditorium in Nashville

Special Award Winners, Songwriter of the Year Award,
Studio Recording Awards and Industry Awards
to celebrate at the annual event

the 15E ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC HONORS™ is an evening of live music and tributes celebrating the recipients of the Academy of Country Music Special Awards, Songwriter of the Year Award, Studio Recording Awards and industry of 57and ACM price cycle. The event, often described as “the country music industry’s favorite night,” will return to Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium for the twelfth year on Wednesday, August 24, 2022.

Each year, the Academy honors the recipients of Special Awards elected by the Academy Board of Trustees for their outstanding achievements and contributions to the country music industry and ACM Lifting Lives. Special price categories include:

  • the Cliffie Stone Icon Award is presented to an artist, duo/group or industry leader in country music who has advanced the genre’s popularity through their contributions to multiple facets of the industry. Notable winners of the past 15 years include Alan Jackson, Reba McEntire, George Strait and Conway Twitty.
  • the Gene Weed Stage Award is presented to an artist, duo/group, or leader in the country music industry with outstanding achievement in the genre in the preceding calendar year. Notable winners of the past 15 years include Garth Brooks, Luke Combs, Merle Haggard, Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood.
  • the Gary Haber Lifting Lives Award is presented to an artist, duo/group or leader in the country music industry who is dedicated to improving lives through the power of music. Notable winners of the past 15 years include Rascal Flatts, Dolly Parton, Darius Rucker and Carrie Underwood.
  • the Jim Reeves International Award is awarded to an artist, duo/group or leader in the country music industry for their outstanding contributions to the growth of country music worldwide. Notable winners of the past 15 years include Eric Church, Dan + Shay, Kacey Musgraves and Taylor Swift.
  • the Mae Boren Axton Service Award is awarded to an artist, duo/group, or leader in the country music industry in recognition of years of dedication and service to the Academy of Country Music. Notable winners of the past 15 years include RAC Clark, Bob Kingsley, Reba McEntire and Keith Urban.
  • the Merle Haggard Spirit Award is introduced to a singer-songwriter who carries on the legacy of country legend and 20-time ACM Award winner Merle Haggard by following his own path, creating great songs and embodying the spirit of Merle through performances authentic and excellent storytelling. Past winners are Dierks Bentley, Eric Church, Toby Keith and Miranda Lambert.
  • the Poet’s Prize is awarded to a country music songwriter for outstanding and long-standing musical and/or lyrical contributions throughout their career. Notable winners of the past 15 years include Bill Anderson, Kris Kristofferson, Loretta Lynn, Buck Owens and Hank Williams.
  • the Tex Ritter Film Award recognizes an outstanding TV movie, series or feature film released in the previous calendar year that highlights country music. Notable winners of the past 15 years include Coat of many colors from Dolly Parton, Nashville, A star is bornand The country music of Ken Burns.

In addition to the special prize winners, the 15and Annual ACM Honors will recognize and celebrate this year’s achievements Songwriter of the Year, ROBUST. This award is given to someone who has stood out as the best wordsmith of the past year, helping to create the stories that artists share with their fans through song. The award is selected by a special professional jury made up of songwriters, publishers, producers and representatives of performing rights organizations. Notable winners of the past 15 years include Rhett Akins, Hillary Lindsey, Shane McAnally and Lori McKenna.

That of the Academy Studio Recording Awards recognize the creators behind the music, with categories such as Bassist of the Year, Drummer of the Year, Acoustic Guitarist of the Year, Piano/Keyboard of the Year, Specialty Instrument(s) of the Year, Electric Guitarist of the Year, Sound Engineer of the year, and Producer of the Year. Eligibility for each recognized artist, musician, producer, and engineer in their respective category is determined by a panel of professional judges chosen by ACM officers, with each winner having reached a Top 20 or better on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs, Billboard’s Top Country Albums or Mediabase Country charts during the current eligibility period. Notable winners in the Studio Recording Awards categories over the past 15 years include busbee, Dann Huff, Jay Joyce, Jimmie Lee Sloas, and Ilya Toshinskiy, among others. For more information on Studio Recording Awards eligibility and nominees, click here.

ACM Industry Awards recognize venues and talent buyers/promoters who have purchased or promoted a set number of country concerts (number varies by category), are in good standing with all agents/vendors, and help promote country ticket sales country music. The different categories honored include Casino of the Year – Theatre, Casino of the Year – Arena, Fair/Rodeo of the Year, Festival of the Year, Club of the Year, Theater of the Year, Outdoor Venue of the Year, Arena of the year, Don Romeo Talent Buyer of the year, and promoter of the year. Notable winners in industry award categories over the past 15 years include Billy Bob’s Texas, Brian O’Connell, Ed Warm, Madison Square Garden, Red Rocks Amphitheater and The Beacon Theatre. For more information on industry award eligibility and nominees, click here.

To search the Academy database for a full list of previous winners for each category, go here.

Additional details, including this year’s winners, host, performers and general event information, will be announced in the coming weeks. For more information, visit www.acmcountry.com. To stay informed of upcoming announcements and receive exclusive access to ticket presales, subscribe to the ACM A-List newsletter.

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