09/15/2008

Luke to Pay Tribute

THE ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC’S FIRST-EVER ACM HONORS TO BE HELD SEPTEMBER 17, 2008 IN NASHVILLE

MARTINA McBRIDE TO HOST EVENING RECOGNIZING SPECIAL HONOREES FROM THE 43rd ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS
 
WHAT: The first-ever ACM HONORS, an evening dedicated to recognizing the special honorees and non-televised category winners from the 43rd Annual Academy of Country Music Awards, held earlier this year.

WHO:  Martina McBride is confirmed to host, and Luke Bryan, Amy Grant, Raul Malo, Gordon Mote, Joe Nichols, Jon Randall, LeAnn Rimes, Rivers Rutherford, Connie Smith, Josh Turner and Ernie Haase & Signature Sound will perform in tribute to honorees. Those being honored include:

Special Awards recipients:
• Bill Anderson & Fred Rose – recipients of the first-ever Poet’s Award
• Dick Clark – recipient of the Jim Reeves International Award
• Brenda Lee, the Oak Ridge Boys, Conway Twitty and Porter Wagoner – recipients of the Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award

Winners of the MBI (musicians, band, instruments) categories:
• Jerry Douglas – Top Specialty Instrument(s) Player of the Year
• Stuart Duncan – Top Fiddle Player of the Year
• Shannon Forrest – Top Percussionist/Drummer of the Year
• Paul Franklin – Top Steel Guitar Player of the Year
• Dann Huff – Top Guitarist of the Year
• Justin Niebank – Audio Engineer of the Year
• Michael Rhodes – Top Bass Player of the Year
• Matt Rollings – Top Piano/Keyboard Player of the Year
• Mark Wright – Producer of the Year
 
WHEN & WHERE: Wednesday, September 17, 2008                   
Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum
5:45 pm CT – MEDIA CHECK-IN               
6:00 pm CT – Talent Arrivals                     
7:00 pm CT – Presentations                              
 
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.
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