The Academy of Country Music has revealed the recipients of the Special Awards for the 54th ACM Awards! Honorees will be celebrated during the 2019 ACM Honors ceremony, which will take place Wednesday, August 21st at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. The Academy of Country Music Special Awards are voted on by the ACM Board of Directors for specific achievements.
2019 ACM Honors: Awards and Recipients List
ACM CLIFFIE STONE ICON AWARD – Brooks & Dunn and Martina McBride have been chosen to receive the Cliffie Stone Icon Award. This award is presented to a country music artist, duo/group or industry leader who throughout their career has advanced the popularity of the genre through their contributions in multiple facets of the industry such as songwriting, recording, production, touring, film, television, literary works, philanthropic contributions and other goodwill efforts.
ACM GARY HABER LIFTING LIVES AWARD – Gayle Holcomb has been chosen to receive the Gary Haber Lifting Lives Award. This award is presented to a country music artist, duo/group or industry professional who is devoted to improving lives through the power of music, has a generosity of spirit, and is committed to serving others, voted on by the ACM Lifting Lives Board of Directors.
ACM GENE WEED MILESTONE AWARD – Miranda Lambert has been chosen as the recipient of the Gene Weed Milestone Award. This award is presented to a country music artist, duo/group or industry leader for a specific, unprecedented or outstanding achievement in the field of country music during the preceding calendar year.
ACM JIM REEVES INTERNATIONAL AWARD – Kacey Musgraves has been chosen to receive the Jim Reeves International Award, which is presented to an artist or industry leader for outstanding contributions to the acceptance of country music throughout the world.
ACM POET’S AWARD – Rodney Crowell, Kye Fleming and Billy Joe Shaver have been chosen to receive the Poet’s Award. 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.
TEX RITTER FILM AWARD – A Star Is Born has been chosen as the recipient of the Tex Ritter Film Award. This award recognizes an outstanding television movie, series or feature film released during the preceding calendar year which prominently features country music.
Both Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga turned to Nashville songwriters to convey the characters of troubled rock singer Jackson Maine and budding songwriter Ally. Early in the film’s development, Cooper contacted producer Dave Cobb to help create Maine’s edgy, yet earthy, sound. Cobb introduced him to music by Jason Isbell, who crafted the song “Maybe It’s Time” after conversations with Cooper about the character’s struggles with redemption. In addition, Gaga co-wrote “Always Remember Me This Way” with Natalie Hemby, Hillary Lindsey, and Lori McKenna, while “I’ll Never Love Again” is a collaboration with Gaga, Hemby, Lindsey, and Aaron Raitiere. Among other songwriters on the soundtrack with country music connections, Paul Kennerly composed “Diggin’ My Grave,” Lukas Nelson served as a songwriter, music producer, consultant and performer, and Diane Warren (“How Do I Live”) contributed to the track “Why Did You Do That?” A Star Is Born received eight Oscar nominations.
ACM SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR AWARD – Previously announced winner Shane McAnally has been chosen as the recipient of the Songwriter of the Year Award. This award is presented to an individual known predominately as a songwriter, selected by a Professional Panel of judges composed of songwriters, publishers, producers, and performing rights organization representatives. This is McAnally’s second ACM Songwriter of the Year award.