June 28

ACM to Honor George Strait, Dolly Parton & Willie Nelson


The Academy of Country Music is once again tapping our favorite country icons to highlight their achievements in their contribution in the country music arena. This 52nd annual Academy of Country Music awards celebrates its honorees at the famous Ryman Auditorium on the 23rd of August. The special awards will mark the Academy of Country Music in its 11th year giving back to the artists who also work off-camera.

The Academy of Country Music Awards

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George Strait, Cliffie Stone Icon

Among the previous awardees of ACM’s Cliffie Stone Pioneer award are “Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue” singer; Crystal Gayle, Quartet singer; The Statler Brothers and Tanya Tucker of the hit “Delta Dawn.” It was first bagged by Art Satherly in 1968.

The Cliffie Stone Icon award is given by The Academy of Country Music to country artists who made a pivotal contribution when it comes to putting the country music in the pedestal of popular culture.

Dubbed as the “King of Country,” George Strait has proven himself as one of the most influential country musicians of all time. He sold more than 100 albums worldwide and put his name in the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2006.

Dolly Parton, Gary Harber Award

Certainly, the Academy of Country Music is NOT leaving out the country artists who proved to have a big heart despite stardom and popularity in the scene. The people being honored on this category have given back their efforts on charity and philanthropy. The only winner so far who holds the title is Carrie Underwood.

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This year however, it’s Dolly Parton’s time as she would be given this award in Ryman Auditorium for her efforts on her non-profit organization, Imagination Library providing 100 million books in USA, Canada and U.K. The “Jolene” songstress also helped the victims of East Tennessee wildfires in 2016 through her Smoky Mountains Rise telethon.

Willie Nelson, Toby Keith, Poet’s Awards

Recognizing longstanding careers, poet’s awards are given to both living and posthumously to  country artists whose impeccable career continue the influence. Last year’s honorees were Jimmy Webb and Eddie Rabbit.

This year’s honorees are “Beer for My Horses” hit singer, Toby Keith and Willie Nelson who recorded 250 albums and appeared in more than 25 films.


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