Dierks Bentley will return as host of the 7th Annual ACM Honors, an evening recognizing special honorees and off-camera winners from the 48th Academy of Country Music Awards. The event is set to take place September 10 at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. This will be Dierks’ second consecutive year to serve as host.
“I really didn’t know what to expect last year when they asked me to host, but it was a total blast,” Dierks said. “There are no cameras like there are at a regular awards show, so anything goes. The ACM put together a really special show honoring some important people in our business, and I’m just glad I earned an invitation back…despite some of my off-script jokes!”
“Dierks set a new standard for ACM Honors hosts last year, approaching the event with both reverence for each honoree and with a shot of colorful humor – the fans responded to him and we are so excited to have him return this year,” Lisa Lee, producer and writer for ACM Honors, said. “His talent, passion and respect for country music make him ideally suited to host this unique Academy event.”
Those being honored include Special Award recipients Jason Aldean, Guy Clark, Blake Shelton, Tommy Wiggins, Lady Antebellum and The Judds. Keith Whitley and Hank Williams Sr. will also be honored posthumously. The evening also recognizes winners of the MBI and Industry categories. Additionally, Dallas Davidson will be recognized as the winner of Songwriter of the Year.
For the third year, limited tickets will be available for fans. Tickets priced at $40.00 will go on sale to the public at Ticketmaster.com and the Ryman box office at 8 a.m. PT on Friday, August 2. The evening’s presenters and performers will be announced at a later date.