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ACM Honors Announces 2022 Honorees and Performers

The 15th annual ACM Honors will take place on Wednesday, August 24 at the Ryman

Auditorium in Nashville. Every year, special awards are handed out to artists on behalf of the Academy of Country Music.

The ACM Triple Crown Award will be given to Miranda Lambert, as she has won Entertainer of the Year, Female Vocalist of the Year, and New Female Vocalist of the Year. Previous recipients include Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney, and Carrie Underwood.

Connie Bradley will receive the ACM Icon Award. The award is given out to the person who has advanced the popularity of the genre. Bradley served more than three decades at ASCAP She was the company’s first female membership representative. Past winners of this award are George Strait, Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton.

The ACM Milestone Award will be presented to Morgan Wallen. Wallen has had a record-breaking career in the last few years, especially with his sophomore album Dangerous: The

Double Album. Past honorees include Taylor Swift, Luke Combs, and Garth Brooks.

The ACM Lifting Lives Award will be given to Paul Barnabee and Paul Wiles. This award is given to the artist or professional that has improved lives through the power of music. Barnabee served as the Chair of the Lifting Lives Board of Directors, and Wiles is also a member of the Board. Past honorees include Ross Copperman and Darius Rucker.

Duane Clark will receive the ACM Service Award. The award is presented to the person who has shown years of dedication to the Academy of Country Music. Clark is the co-owner of Flood, Bumstead, McCready & McCarthy, a management company. Past honorees include Keith Urban and Reba McEntire.

The ACM Spirit Award will be presented to Chris Stapleton. The award is given to the artist who continues the legacy set forth by the great Merle Haggard. Past honorees include Eric Church and Toby Keith.

The ACM Poet’s Award will be given to Shania Twain and Sonny Throckmorton This award is presented to a Country Music songwriter for outstanding and longstanding musical and/or lyrical contributions throughout their career, with special consideration given to a song or songs’ impact on the culture of Country Music. Past winners include Willie Nelson and Hank Williams.

The ACM Film Award will be given to the hit show Yellowstone. It tells the compelling story of the Dutton family as they navigate treacherous conflict to maintain control of their beloved family-owned Montana ranch – the largest contiguous cattle ranch in the United States – amid tensions caused by political battles, shifting alliances, an expanding town, and a bordering Indian reservation. Past honorees include A Star Is Born and Walk The Line.

HARDY will be honored for winning the ACM Songwriter of the Year Award. HARDY has written several hit songs for himself, Blake Shelton, Wallen, and Florida Georgia Line to name a few. Past honorees include Luke Laird and Shane McAnally.

Performances during the event will include Kelsea Ballerini, Little Big Town, Morgan Wallen, Wynonna Judd, Dierks Bentley, Brooks & Dunn, Avril Lavigne , Carly Pearce, Vince Gill, Lainey Wilson, Trace Adkins, HARDY, Dan + Shay, Jordan Davis, ERNEST, and The Warren Brothers.

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